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The ISBN still has a place in the digital world

By Jenn Webb
March 7, 2013

A recent post at The Economist declared the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) an analog relic that “increasingly hampers new, small and individual publishers,” and an industry shift toward digital is “weakening its monopoly.” The post stated: “Self-published writers are …

Publishing News: Week in Review

By Jenn Webb
January 21, 2011

This week, Wired Magazine and Apprentice Alf schooled everyone in DRM stripping; LOLcats, social publishing and cloud archiving topped venture capital interests; and it may be time to move a digital ISBN ISO beyond an industry "recommendation."

Publishing News: Week in Review

Publishing News: Week in Review
By Jenn Webb
January 21, 2011

This week, Wired Magazine and Apprentice Alf schooled everyone in DRM stripping; LOLcats, social publishing and cloud archiving topped venture capital interests; and it may be time to move a digital ISBN ISO beyond an industry "recommendation."

The Book Industry Study Group reviews ISBN standards

The Book Industry Study Group reviews ISBN standards
By Jenn Webb
January 20, 2011

As ISO ISBN standards are developed for the digital age, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is looking over results from a new ebook ISBN study.

The Book Industry Study Group reviews ISBN standards

By Jenn Webb
January 20, 2011

As ISO ISBN standards are developed for the digital age, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is looking over results from a new ebook ISBN study.

ISBN adventures

By Simon St. Laurent
February 16, 2009

For most people, ISBNs are random noise on the backs of books, helpful mostly for barcode scanning at the register. For publishing folk, ISBNs can actually be memorable, magic keys for jumping from one system to the next. Of course, there are now two different flavors of ISBN, the obsolete (I prefer 'classic') variety with 10 digits, and the new version with 13 digits. Working with two sets of magic keys can be complicating.


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