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International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
Before you read another section, make sure to take advantage of this FREE training we offer that will teach you what you need to know about self-publishing your book. Click here to start your training. ISBN stands for International Standard Book number and is a digit code used to uniquely identify your book amongst the millions out there. Essentially, an ISBN number, or International Standard Book Number, is a regulated or digit identification number which allows libraries, publishers, and book dealers to locate and identify specific books. In the early days of World War 2, the Japanese military sent messages back and forth and the Allies needed to crack their intricate numbering system to get an edge in the war and turn the tables. MI6 recruited a young mathematician named Gordon Foster to work as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park , where he scanned millions of numbers looking for patterns in the code.
What is an ISBN? What is the purpose of an ISBN? What is the format of the ISBN? Does the ISBN have any meaning imbedded in the numbers? Who can assign ISBNs to a publisher? Who is eligible for an ISBN? How long does it take to get an ISBN?
What is an ISBN? This 10 or digit number identifies a specific book, an edition of a book, or a book-like product such as an audiobook. Since each published book has a unique ISBN. In , assigned ISBNs changed from 10 digits to If a book doesn't show the ISBN on the back cover, look on the page featuring the copyright and publisher information and the ISBN will be found there. Important note: ISBN numbers were introduced in