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.

What is an ISBN used for?

An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers, and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records, and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition, and format.

What does an ISBN identify?

ISBNs are assigned to text-based monographic publications (i.e. one-off publications rather than journals, newspapers, or other types of serials). Any book made publicly available, whether for sale or on a gratis basis, can be identified by ISBN. In addition, individual sections (such as chapters) of books or issues or articles from journals, periodicals, or serials made available separately may also use the ISBN as an identifier. Concerning the various media available, it is of no importance in what form the content is documented and distributed; however, each different product form (e.g. paperback, EPUB, .pdf) should be identified separately.


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An Metadata is mandatory for the book. 

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Who should apply for ISBN?

For the purposes of ISBN, the publisher is the group, organisation, company or individual who is responsible for initiating the production of a publication. It is not normally the printer, but it can be the author of the book if the author has chosen to publish their book themselves

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