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How to apply for an ISBN

Instructions for staff on how to apply for an ISBN

About this ISBN guide

The Library has a list of ISBNs which was purchased by Marino Institute of Education.  These ISBNs can be allocated to an item that a member of staff has published through MIE, once they have filled out an application form which will allow us to register the title with an agency called Nielsen, who then index it on Amazon, etc.

What is an ISBN?

An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number. ISBNs were 10 digits in length up to the end of December 2006, but since 1 January 2007 they now always consist of 13 digits. ISBNs are calculated using a specific mathematical formula and include a check digit to validate the number.

What is an ISBN used for?

An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition and format.

What does an ISBN identify?

ISBNs are assigned to text-based monographic publications (i.e. one-off publications rather than journals, newspapers, or other types of serials).

Any book made publicly available, whether for sale or on a gratis basis, can be identified by ISBN.

In addition, individual sections (such as chapters) of books or issues or articles from journals, periodicals or serials that are made available separately may also use the ISBN as an identifier.

With regard to the various media available, it is of no importance in what form the content is documented and distributed; however, each different product form (e.g. paperback, EPUB, .pdf) should be identified separately.

You can find examples of types of qualifying products and more information about the scope of the ISBN here.

ISBNs, the law and copyright

The ISBN is an identifier and does not convey any form of legal or copyright protection. However, in some countries the use of ISBN to identify publications has been made into a legal requirement.

From: https://www.isbn-international.org/content/what-isbn

How to apply for an ISBN

In order to register your title with the agency (so that it is indexed in Amazon etc), we just need some details about the publication. Fill out just page 3 of the form below and send it to us in the Library. We will get back to you as quickly as possible with your new ISBN. Remember when you're planning to publish, the Library will need a week to process your application.

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