ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number.
The ISBN identifies a book or other book-like product (such as an audiobook) in a specific format and edition, but also the publisher. If an ISBN is obtained from a company other than the official ISBN Agency, or one of its channel partners, that ISBN might not identify the publisher of the title accurately. This can have implications for doing business in the publishing industry supply chain.
ISBNs are linked to essential information allowing booksellers and readers to know what book they are buying, what the book is about, and who the author is.
ISBNs are the global standard for identifying titles
ISBNs are used worldwide as a unique identifier for books. They are used to simplify distribution and purchase of books throughout the global supply chain.
- Most retailers require ISBNs to track book inventory
Without an ISBN, you will not be found in most bookstores, whether online, or down the street from your house. Buying an ISBN is your first step to insure that your book is not lost in the wilderness.
- Buying an ISBN improves the chances your book will be found
Buying your ISBNs and registering your titles on My Identifiers insures information about your book will be stored in our Books In Print database. This opens up a world of possibilities when your book is listed with many retailers, libraries, Bowker Books In Print, Bookwire, as well as online services like Google Books, Apple iBooks, Chegg, and The New York Times.
Over 100 million people access this data when searching for books; and it all starts with buying an ISBN.