979 ISBNs are not convertible to a 10-digit format and exist only in a 13-digit format.
Short answer, a the difference between an ISBN-13 and ISBN-10 is the prefix “978” at the front of the 13 digit, which results in a different check digit (the last number, or letter x).
What does ISBN 10 and 13 mean?
“ISBN” stands for “International Standard Book Number”. For more than thirty years, ISBNs were 10 digits long. On January 1, 2007 the ISBN system switched to a 13-digit format. Now all ISBNs are 13-digits long.
What if the ISBN is different?
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is intended to identify a unique edition of a book. Thus a hardcover edition of a book will carry a different ISBN than a paperback edition of the same book, and a revised edition of a book gets a new ISBN even if it carries the same title. That would warrant a new ISBN.
What is a valid ISBN?
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a 10 digit number that is used to identify a book. If the final number leaves no remainder when divided by 11, the code is a valid ISBN.
What is an ISBN 10 number?
This 10 or 13-digit number identifies a specific book, an edition of a book, or a book-like product (such as an audiobook). Since 1970 each published book has a unique ISBN. In 2007, assigned ISBNs changed from 10 digits to 13. On most books, the ISBN number can be found on the back cover, next to the barcode.
Are ISBN numbers unique?
ISBN stands for “International Standard Book Number”. It is a unique identifier for books, eBooks, tapes, and CD’s. The ISBN numbering system is used worldwide and publishers around the globe identify their work in this standardized format. Each title or edition must be identified by a unique ISBN.
Why is ISBN important?
The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.
Do ISBN numbers matter?
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and it is a unique identifying number for a book. A book shopper can also find them very helpful. For example, paperback and hardcover versions of the same title will have different ISBNs. A textbook will have a separate ISBN for each edition.
Can 2 books have the same ISBN?
There are two main types. The first is a recent book that duplicates the ISBN on a much older book. The second involves two books from the same, usually very small, press that have the same ISBN. Heck, we’ve seen an ISBN barcode where the scanned barcode wasn’t the same as the number printed under it.
Does the ISBN have to match?
DJs are sometimes printed before the book is printed, and are given a dummy ISBN. Generally that means that one of the numbers is for hardcover and the other is for paperback. The publisher may have entered the wrong one either on the dust jacket, or inside. Check inside to see if they are both there, somewhere.