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A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting an ISBN Number

Probably, you are an author, publisher or just an ordinary reader and have seen books so marked with ISBN numbers but may have never fully understood what these numbers are all about. An ISBN, International Standard Book Number, is basically a code that is used to identify books and other published materials and even e-books. Thus in the case that you are a publisher, an author or a self publishing writer, and even the company reps looking forward to produce published works that you wish to be easily catalogued, then the need to have an ISBN is more than a necessity. The steps that you will need to take for the need to have obtained an ISBN actually varies from one country to the other. As such, in your search for the ISBN, you will need to start it off by identifying your national ISBN agency and this you do by visiting the ISBN Agency website. Once you will have set on this site, you will then need to click on your country and from there follow on the directions as will be provided by your national ISBN agency. To find your national ISBN agency, all you will need to do is to visit the ISBN agency website which is available at http://www.isbn-international.org.

Once you are on this site, you now need to pick the country where your company’s headquarters is located. This is an option that you can access by looking at the dropdown menu on the website. Make sure that you have actually selected this option even in those cases where your company happens to be having such multiple locations. This is a step majorly of concern to those who will be making an application for an ISBN on behalf of a company or organization.

In the event that you happen to be not making the application on behalf of a company or organization, as such not standing as a company representative, then you need to select your country. In this category are entities and interests such as the traditional and e-book publishers, audio cassette, software and video producers, and the representatives of museums and other organizations that have their own publishing programs as they will as well have to make their selection of the countries wherein they are based. On the same dropdown menu, you will find the “Find Agency” page and use this to choose your national agency.

Post this paryticualr step, the one that will follow will be that of creating an account with your national agency. And when it comes to this need as well, you need to bear in mind the fact that this is not any standardized but varied from one national ISBN agency t the other and not standardized yet.

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