Standard Book Number
Common clues: Library
ID; Novel ID; Book ID; Publishing ID; Amazon.com ID; Publishing
#; Publisher's 13-digit ID; Copyright page abbr.; ID in a
2 times a year
in English language:
28593 / 86800
to Get an ISBN Number
International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric
commercial book identifier based upon the 9-digit Standard Book
Numbering (SBN) code created by Gordon Foster, Emeritus Professor
of Statistics at Trinity College, Dublin, for the booksellers and
stationers W.H. Smith and others in 1966.
10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO) and was published in 1970
as international standard ISO 2108. (However, the 9-digit SBN
code was used in the United Kingdom until 1974.) Currently, the
ISO's TC 46/SC 9 is responsible for the ISBN. The ISO on-line
facility only refers back to 1978.
1 January 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, a format that is
compatible with Bookland EAN-13s.
a book may appear without a printed ISBN if it is printed
privately or the author does not follow the usual ISBN procedure;
however, this can be rectified later.
similar numeric identifier, the International Standard Serial
Number (ISSN), identifies periodical publications such as
Bowker is the U.S. Agency of the International Standard Book
Numbering Convention, as approved by the International
Organization for Standardization. As such, it is the originator
of ISBNs for U.S.-based publishers. Authors of self-published
books can purchase an ISBN for $125.00. Publishers in other
countries can only obtain ISBNs from their local ISBN Agency, a
directory of which can be found on the International ISBN Agency
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