Friday, March 30, 2012

Understanding ISBNs: myth vs. reality. From @davesheets

One of the most confusing items in the publisher toolkit is the ISBN. It really shouldn’t be confusing considering it is just a number, but as I talk with publishers and read the online forums, it is apparent that there is a lot of misinformation out there.
For some, you may not know what an ISBN is. According to Wikipedia, an “International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering (SBN) code created…for the booksellers and stationers W. H. Smith and others in 1966.The 10-digit ISBN format was developed…[and] since 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits…”
This topic comes up in a conversation every week with publishers and authors and I needed to make sure that I understood all of the angles, in order to help our clients. I did a bit of investigation and interviewed a couple experts in the industry in order to help clear up some of the questions surrounding this tool.
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