It is not unusual to think of your research being published as a legacy to provide to other family members. However, considering the effort you have placed in research, and now the additional work required to publish a Genealogy or a Family History, your goal should be to place your published research into a Library. This will provide your research for other researchers for years to come. There are many ways to achieve this.
One can always donate a Family History or a Genealogy Report to a Library, and the Genealogy Librarian will gladly accept it. You could even add a “In Memoriam” sheet into the front of your donated book. If it is not in book form, the Librarian may be willing to accept your grant and place it in a Vertical File (think: manila folder in a drawer).
Our goal in the AGS SIG is to have everyone successful in placing a published history or genealogy into the Library of Congress (LOC). This is definitely doable, and takes but a few steps.
One of your first steps is to obtain an account with the Library of Congress. The two choices are under CIP (Cataloging-in-Publication) or PCN (Preassigned Control Number). The two programs are mutually exclusive, and you want PCN, as CIP is for the ‘big boy’ publishing houses. Today the LOC has an electronic (on-line) method to accomplish this, known as EPCN.
You can do this at www.loc.gov/publish/pcn. It is free, and takes but an email address and a password. Place that password where you know how to retrieve it, as the PCN account will require a new password every 60 days. I know, but that is the rule.
Walk down any aisle at Barnes & Noble, or select any book off your bookshelf at home. Whether hard copy or paperback, if you turn the book over, you will see a barcode in the lower right corner. To each and every unique ISBN, there is a corresponding (one and only one) barcode to facilitate inventory and sales. A barcode is not required if you do not plan to sell your published product commercially, e.g., in a book store or museum gift shop.. You can publish a book without an ISBN, and you can publish a book with an ISBN but with no barcode.
Bowker, the registrar for American ISBNs, will charge $25 to generate a barcode. That is the going commercial price by a publishing house to create a barcode for you from an ISBN.
There are also some on-line barcode generators. Here is the link for one such. This service is free if you are just going to do one at a time. It appears you can even do several at a time. Here is the resulting barcode as generated for a specific 13-character ISBN: