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The Steps to Take to Get an ISBN Number

Probably, you are an author, publisher or just an ordinary reader and have seen books so marked with ISBN numbers but may have never fully understood what these numbers are all about. For the sake of the need to identify books, e-books and other published materials, the ISBN numbers, or otherwise the International Standard Book Numbers, will be the codes used to achieve this need. Thus in the case that you are a publisher, an author or a self publishing writer, and even the company reps looking forward to produce published works that you wish to be easily catalogued, then the need to have an ISBN is more than a necessity. Depending on your country of residence and where you so intend to acquire the ISBN, you will realize that the process that it takes to so achieve this will tend to differ. As such, in your search for the ISBN, you will need to start it off by identifying your national ISBN agency and this you do by visiting the ISBN Agency website. Once on this site, you will click on your country and from there follow the steps as given by your national ISBN agency. Find your national agency for ISBN by taking a visit to the ISBN agency website available at the site, http://www.isbn-international.org.

After so landing on this site, the next step will take you to selecting the country wherein your company happens to be headquartered. The option for choosing your company’s country headquarters is available on the site’s dropdown menu. Ensure that you have selected this alternative even if your company so happens to be having as many locations. This is actually such a need for those who will be making their applications for the ISBNs on behalf of some company or organization.

In the event that you happen to be not making the application on behalf of a company or organization, as such not standing as a company representative, then you need to select your country. These are those such as the traditional or e-book publishers, audio cassette, software or video producers or a representative of a museum or some other organization with a publishing program as these will need to select the country where they have their base. This you do by getting to the same dropdown menu and getting to the “Find Agency” page and use this to find your national agency.

Post this paryticualr step, the one that will follow will be that of creating an account with your national agency. And on this as well, you need to note that the steps vary from one national agency to the other.

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