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What is an ISBN?

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2011-12-26 09:34:06

The Internet Standard Book Number, or ISBN (sometimes pronounced

"is-ben"), is a unique identifier for books, intended to be used

commercially. There is another quite similar system, the

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), for periodical

publications such as magazines. The ISBN system was created in the

United Kingdom in 1966 by the booksellers and stationers W H Smith

and originally called Standard Book Numbering or SBN. It was

adopted as international standard ISO 2108 in 1970.

ISBN represents the International Standard Book Number. It is a

10 didgit number that identifies books published nationally and

internationally. It identifies one title or edition of a title that

is specific to a publisher. It allows for more efficient marketing

of products by booksellers, libraries, wholesalers and


ISBN is an abbreviation for International Standard Book Number.

In short, a book's ISBN acts as its fingerprint -- a unique

identification number for every title in circulation. The book's

ISBN is usually found both on the back of the book along with a

barcode, and also listed in the front matter of the book with the

book's citation information.

Book classification system - used in most libraries and book

stores. If you want to find a book, you search for its ISBN.


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