ISBN Explained

Rick Castello rick at 404.978.org
Wed Jun 19 08:21:53 PDT 2002

Rick Castello said:
> Ian sympatico said:
>> And to change the topic again, is there a meaning behind the ISBN
>> code?
>     http://www.isbn.org/  :)

     A better resource for explanation:  (Acrobat reader formatted page)


     "The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a
     worldwide identification system which has been in use in our
     country and abroad since the late 1960’s.  The number itself
     is meant to identify you as a publisher and the individual
     version of the book.

     For instance, an ISBN of 0-961327-22-3 translates into the
     following: “0” identifies the language, in this case it’s the
     United States. “961327” is the publisher prefix which identifies
     your publishing company.  This number is assigned to you
     by R.R. Bowker. “22” identifies the title and edition of the book.
     You need a new number here for each incarnation of the book,
     like a foreign language edition or a Braille edition. “3” is a
     mathematical check number that checks the accuracy of the
     other digits.

     It’s important to note that you need an ISBN number in today’s
     marketplace no matter how many copies you intend to sell.
     The ISBN catalogs the book in a system that is widely used
     internationally so that your book can be distributed on a larger
     scale if need be. It also adds a professional appearance to
     your book and to your publishing  company."

     Good question.  I'm glad I had a good excuse to look it up!