I’ve just stumbled into something that might allow the purchase of a single ISBN for a cost of $125.00 without requiring enrollment into any sort of service while keeping myself (yourself) listed as Publisher of Record. (power to the people!) With optional barcode purchase for another $25.00 (still, ouch).
The reason a single purchase looks so good to me right now is the idea of using one novel, with an ISBN, as a test-run to see if purchasing these really makes a difference in sales/marketing or just the Ego.
So I shall investigate and report further . . . in the meantime, on Friday we’ll talk about the all important demon known as Advertising!