Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 13 Digit ISBNs

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has led the industry approach to expanding ISBNs from 10 to 13 digits. The BISG has made available a special site which provides a comprehensive overview of the new 13-digit ISBN--why it is necessary, how and when to get ready, etc.

The introduction provided by this website follows: The ISBN provides a standard way to identify books in global trade. In 2007, the publishing industry began using 13-digit ISBNs, phasing out the use of 10-digit ISBNs. This change affected everyone who uses ISBNs throughout the world. 

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