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What is the procedure for obtaining ISBN?

Asked by rani sadasivamurty, 02 Aug '07 06:55 am
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Each edition and variation (with the exception of reprints) of a book is assigned an ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned after January 1, 2007, and 10 digits long if assigned before that date. It consists of 4 or 5 parts:

Representation of the ISBN partsfor a 13 digit ISBN, a GS1 prefix: 978 or 979
the group identifier code, grouping countries sharing the same language [3]
the publisher code,
the item number, and
a checksum character or check digit.
The parts may be different lengths, and are usually separated with hyphens or spaces. [4]

The group identifier is 0 or 1 for English-speaking countries; 2 for French-speaking countries; 3 for German-speaking countries; 4 for Japanese; 5 for Russian, et cetera. The original SBN had no group identifier, but affixing a prefix of 0 to a 9-digit SBN creates a valid 10-digit ISBN. The group identifier may be up to 5 digits; e.g. 99936 is for Bhutan.[5]

The publisher number is assigned by the national ISBN agency, wh ...more
Answered by Rishi Sharma, 02 Aug '07 07:04 am

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