International Standard Book Number


International Standard Book Number
a unique, internationally utilized number code assigned to books for the purposes of identification and inventory control. Abbr.: ISBN. Also called Standard Book Number.

* * *

      in bibliography, 10-digit number assigned before publication to a book or edition thereof, which identifies the work's national, geographic, language, or other convenient group, and its publisher, title, edition, and volume number. The ISBN is part of the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD), which was prescribed by the International Organization for Standardization; delegates adopted the numbering system in 1969. The ISBN provides a standard for the arrangement of bibliographic information in single- and multivolume publications; its numbers are assigned by publishers and administered by designated national standard book numbering agencies—e.g., R.R. Bowker Company in the United States, Standard Book Numbering Agency Ltd. in the United Kingdom, National Library in Brazil, the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian State Library) in Germany, and the Research Library on African Affairs in Ghana. Each ISBN is identical with the Standard Book Number, originally devised in the United Kingdom, with the addition of a preceding national group identifier.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • International Standard Book Number — ➔ ISBN * * * International Standard Book Number UK US noun [C] ► COMMERCE ISBN(Cf. ↑ISBN) …   Financial and business terms

  • International Standard Book Number — (ISBN) A publication number issued by the Library of Congress that identifies a specific book or other nonperiodical …   Glossary of postal terms

  • International Standard Book Number — ISBN redirects here. For usage of ISBNs in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:ISBN. A 13 digit ISBN, 978 3 16 148410 0, as represented by an EAN 13 bar code. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique[1][2 …   Wikipedia

  • International Standard Book Number — ISBN codiert als EAN 13 Barcode Die Internationale Standardbuchnummer (International Standard Book Number), abgekürzt ISBN, ist eine Nummer[1] zur eindeutigen Kennzeichnung von Büchern. Daneben können auch andere selbstständige Veröffentlichungen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • International Standard Book Number —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec ISSN. L’ISBN (International Standard Book Number) ou numéro international normalisé du livre est un numéro international qui permet d’identifier, de manière unique, certains[1] livres publiés. Il est destiné à …   Wikipédia en Français

  • International Standard Book Number — a unique, internationally utilized number code assigned to books for the purposes of identification and inventory control. Abbr.: ISBN. Also called Standard Book Number …   Useful english dictionary

  • International Standard Book Number — Interna′tional Stan′dard Book′ Num ber n. lib pri a unique, internationally utilized number code assigned to a book for the purposes of identification and inventory control Abbr.: ISBN …   From formal English to slang

  • International Standard Book Number — …   Википедия

  • International Standard Book Number — Internationale Standardbuchnummer; ISBN; ISB Nummer …   Universal-Lexikon

  • International Standard Book Number (ISBN) — Ten digit number assigned before publication to a book or edition thereof. The ISBN identifies various elements of the work, grouping it within a national, geographic, language, or other convenient category and revealing its publisher, title,… …   Universalium


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.