What is an ISBN number?

What is an ISBN number?

International Standard Book Number
An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number. ISBNs were 10 digits in length up to the end of December 2006, but since 1 January 2007 they now always consist of 13 digits. ISBNs are calculated using a specific mathematical formula and include a check digit to validate the number.

Why do I need an ISBN?

The ISBN helps customers identify and order the exact book they want to purchase. Libraries, bookstores, online retailers, distributors, and wholesalers depend on this unique identifier to track purchases and sales, and it will be necessary to apply for an ISBN if you intend to sell to them.

How much is an ISBN number?

The going rate for a single ISBN costs $125, while 10 ISBNs cost $295, 100 ISBNs cost $575, and 1000 ISBNs cost $1500. Note that these prices are based on the price listings at Bowker for those living in the United States. For ISBNs purchased internationally, prices do vary (and are often cheaper).

Is ISBN needed for ebooks?

ISBNs are not necessary to sell ebooks; none of the top online retailers require them. Printed books, however, cannot be sold without an ISBN. Remember that each version of your book would need a separate ISBN, and purchasing a block of 10 would be more cost-effective than purchasing one.

How do books get ISBN?

Provide Your Own ISBN You can purchase your own ISBN from Bowker or through your local ISBN agency. If you are reprinting your book, the title, author name, and binding type must remain the same. A new edition requires a new ISBN. Your book’s imprint must match what’s on file with your ISBN.

What is the International Standard Book Number ( ISBN )?

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a numeric commercial book identifier which is intended to be unique.

How are ISBNs assigned to different editions of a book?

Publishers purchase ISBNs from an affiliate of the International ISBN Agency. An ISBN is assigned to each separate edition and variation (except reprintings) of a publication. For example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book will each have a different ISBN.

Where do you find ISBN 10 on a book?

ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. An ISBN is a 10- or 13-digit number that works as a unique identity number for a book. The ISBN can usually be found in several places on a book: on the back cover by the barcode, inside the front cover, and on the copyright page.

Is the International ISBN Agency website under maintenance?

International ISBN Agency Site under maintenance The website of the International ISBN Agency is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance. Unfortunately, during this period it is necessary to turn off access to our website services, which will remain unavailable for the duration of this work.

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