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Frequently Asked ISBN Number Questions

What is an ISBN?
Why do I need an ISBN?
What does an ISBN consist of?
Who assigns an ISBN?
How long does it take to get an ISBN?
Where is the ISBN printed?
Will I need a new ISBN in 2007 when the ISBN system will be converted from 10 to 13 digits?
How are ISBNs used in a Bar Code & how do I obtain one?
How is book distribution handled?

What is an ISBN?

ISBN stands for "International Standard Book Number" (ISBN). It is a unique 13 digit identification number for books, CD's tapes etc... published internationally.



Why do I need an ISBN?

ISBN's establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher. An ISBN can only be used once and is specific for a particular book or book like product. It allows for better marketing of products by bookstores, libraries, distributors, universities, and self publishers.



What does an ISBN consist of?

An ISBN consists of thirteen digits and the letters "ISBN". It consists of four parts - each separated by a hyphen.
1- Group or country identifier - identifies a national or geographic grouping of publishers.
2- Publisher identifier - identifies a particular publisher within a group. Aardvark Global Publishing Company, LLC will be listed as your publisher with the Authors package and you will be listed as your own publisher with the Premier package.
3- Title identifier - identifies a particular title or edition of a title.
4- Check digit - the single digit at the end of the ISBN which validates the ISBN.



Who assigns an ISBN?

ISBN group agencies assign ISBN's worldwide. The ISBN Agency in Berlin coordinates all ISBN'S.  Bowker is the U.S ISBN agency.  All our ISBN numbers come directly from Bowker.  


How long does it take to get an ISBN?

Our system allows for immediate ISBN distribution for the Authors Package and 1 to 2 days with the Premier package.

Where is the ISBN printed?

Your ISBN should be printed on the lower portion of the back cover of your book above the bar code and it should also be printed within the book on the copyright page.

What products should have an ISBN?

All book and book like products should have an ISBN. Each time a product is revised, it should get a new ISBN number. Each part of a series should also have its own ISBN. An ISBN can only be used once.


Will I need a new ISBN in 2007 when the ISBN system will be converted from 10 to 13 digits?

You will not need a new ISBN but your ISBN will need to be converted. The 13 digit ISBN will contain 978- followed by your ISBN with a new check digit. The check digit is the last number in your ISBN. If you ordered a barcode, then you already have your 13 digit ISBN number. On the bottom of your barcode you will see a number beginning with 978. That is a converted ISBN barcode.



How are ISBNs used in a Bar Code & how do I obtain one?

It is recommended that you transfer your ISBN into a worldwide compatible bar code format. All major book stores (including online bookstores) use ISBN's to identify books and book like products. Click here for barcode information.



How is book distribution handled?

Distribution is handled by you or who you list in our database. Any inquires into your product will be handled by our database system. It is very important to keep this data up to date. You will receive a login upon purchase completion.

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