INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER (ISBN)
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a thirteen-digit unique number which is meant for monograph publications. It is an International Publisher’s Identifier number which made easy handling of long bibliographic records.
ISBN is popularly defined as- “A short and clear machine-readable identification number, which marks any book unmistakably”. ISBNs plays a vital role when we are looking for a specific edition of a book. When a student needs a specific edition of a textbook for school, he/she can avail it by ISBN only. If you are looking for a specific edition, knowing the ISBN will be extremely helpful for searching the book.
Different ISBNs will be required for the softcover version and for the hardcover edition of the same book .The ISBN will also vary depending on the country of publication.
ISBN is mainly allotted to Authors, Publishers and Educational /Research Institutions for their upcoming books, booklets, research papers, Braille publications, maps, educational/instructional films, videos, audio books on CD or DVD (talking books), electronic publications either on physical carriers (such as machine-readable tapes, diskettes, or CD-ROMs) or on the internet. There is only one ISBN agency in the country which is functioning under Department of Higher Education, M/o Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi.
IBSN is done through LegalRaasta.