Not everyone needs this, but every reader of books should know about it, and most authors and readers out there probably are not yet aware of what is going on, so we alert to it here.
The reason for this posting is that a monumental change which affects the entire world of books on our planet started January 1, 2007 (actually, the sunrise period began in 2005). It is a change in ISBN numbers. ISBN numbers are the unique numbers given to books by publishers and used to order books wherever you order them as a user. The reason for this change was that ISBN was running out of numbers.
Take a look at the following numbers for our book Stars, Stones and Scholars where the ISBN-10 numbers (the ISBN-10’s) have been converted by our publisher to ISBN-13 numbers (the ISBN-13’s). These will be called ISBN-10s and ISBN-13s.
Prior to January 1, 2007, ISBN numbers had 10 characters.
Those are the ISBN-10 numbers.
Beginning on January 1, 2007, ISBN numbers are 13 characters.
Those are the ISBN-13 numbers.
“Beginning January 1, 2007, all books will be published with ISBN-13s.”
Below are important links from ISBN for authors, retailers, publishers and everyone interested in books and the book trade:
- An overview for publishers with the critical do’s and don’t and the recommended implementation timeline. Why is this transition taking place and how does it impact your copyright page, your book covers and your bar codes? Find out now.
- If you receive EDI orders via Pubnet, be sure to learn more about changes needed to support EDI transactions.
- The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) ISBN-13 Task Force maintains this site as a source of authoritative information and recommended implementation guidelines for ISBN-13.
- Brochure from Bowker, the US ISBN Agency
- Information from the International ISBN Agency.
- Information from BISG on operations planning.
The readability score for this posting:
Gunning-Fog Index: 20
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41