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International Standard Book Number

ISBN Stands for International Standard Book Number, a unique code of 13 Digits (Generally) that can be assigned to a book. It has Standard from the late 90’s, and now have become a status symbol for the Authors All around the World. ISBN is displayed in barcode format on publications ex. books on their back jacket (lower right). It is allotted by International ISBN Agency based in UK through the National ISBN Agency.

ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition.

Benefits of ISBN

  1. Unique international identifier for monographic publications.

  2. Assigning ISBN replaces handling of long bibliographic descriptive records-saving time, reducing staff costs & coping errors.

  3. Correct use different product forms to be clearly differentiated, enabling comparisons between different subject areas, publishing houses.

  4. Facilitates compilation and updating of book trade directories and bibliographic databases.

  5. Fast and efficient method of ordering and distribution of books, managing sale system in shops, supply chain systems, managing sales data, stock control.

  6. Ensures that the book is widely known.

ISBN is in the form of 13 digits, consisting of 5 elements separated by spaces and hyphens ex. ISBN No. 978-81-8038-835-4 indicates following information:

Ist – Element : Denotes a specified prefix element (978).

IInd – Element : Identifies the particular country or geographical area (81).

IIIrd - Element : Identifies the particular publisher (8038).

IVth – Element : Identifies the particular edition, format of a specific title (835).

Vth - Element : Check digit (4).