Question: Why Do Books Have Different ISBN Numbers?

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.

Why do ISBN numbers not 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.

What does the ISBN number mean on a book?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a 13-digit number that’s used as a unique identifier for books. ISBN is used internationally.

Does ISBN matter?

An ISBN should be assigned to each title or product, including any backlist or forthcoming titles. Each format or binding must have a separate ISBN (i.e. hardcover, paperbound, VHS video, laserdisc, e-book format, etc). A new ISBN is required for a revised edition. Once assigned, an ISBN can never be reused.

How many ISBN numbers Can a book have?

ISBN is the acronym for International Standard Book 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.

Can two books have the same ISBN number?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and it is a unique identifying number for a book. 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 a book have 2 ISBN numbers?

The ISBN is a unique number for that particular book, and can be assigned once, and only once, to that title. It can’t be used with any other book in the future, even second versions of the same book. You don’t need an ISBN to sell in each individual country. ISBNs are international, they are just assigned locally.

Do ISBN numbers expire?

Answer: A: If you buy a block of ISBNs, you’ll receive them in an email message. They do not expire. Whether you copy-and-paste or type in the ISBN makes no difference, as long as there isn’t a typo.

Can you sell a book without an ISBN?

Summary. ISBNs are not necessary to sell ebooks; none of the top online retailers require them. Printed books, however, cannot be sold without an ISBN.

What does ISBN 13 mean?

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. Publishers purchase ISBNs from an affiliate of the International ISBN Agency. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, and 10 digits long if assigned before 2007!

To register a book or other creative work, simply go to copyright.gov, the website set up by the Library of Congress. There is an online portal to register copyrights for photographs, sculptures and written works. Fill out the form, pay the fee and you are registered.

Do I need a barcode for my book?

An ISBN number is required (although you may not need to purchase one as discussed below). However, a barcode is only required if you are distributing a physical or printed copy of your title. You will need a barcode (excluding ebooks) and an ISBN number for each distinct publication.

Your book is legally copyrighted as soon as it is written. But, to scale up your legal rights and protect your material to the fullest extent, register your book with the Federal Copyright Office.