Can I look up a book by the ISBN number?
Using an ISBN is the most accurate and reliable way to search for a book. Use our search engine to find book information and the best prices for books. Typical location of an ISBN on the back of a book.
How do I identify a textbook?
The publisher may actually state the words ‘first edition’ or ‘first printing’ on the copyright page. Another common method of identification is the number line – that’s a line of numbers on the copyright page. Usually, if a one is present in the line then it’s a first edition.
Is there an ISBN database?
ISBNdb: The World’s largest book database™ ISBNdb gathers data from hundreds of libraries, publishers, merchants and other sources around the globe to compile a vast collection of unique book data searchable by ISBN, title, author, or publisher.
What does an ISBN number tell you?
An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition and format.
How do you find a book you don’t remember the name of?
There are some search engines that are more specialized for book searches.
- The Library of Congress.
- Abe Books: BookSleuth.
- LibraryThing: Name That Book.
- 1. Facebook.
How do you know if a book is authentic?
General Strategies for Identifying Counterfeit Textbooks
- Dimensions. Height. Width.
- Cover. Cover Stock.
- Text Paper. Opacity – Degree of Show Through.
- Text Printing. Ink – Density, Color.
- Binding. Appearance – Spine, Formation.
- Endsheets/Inserts. Ink.
- Miscellaneous. Missing Pages.
How many digits are there in ISBN?
When participating in the ISBN standard, publishers and self-publishers are required to report all information about titles to which they have assigned ISBNs. For more than thirty years, ISBNs were 10 digits long. On January 1, 2007 the ISBN system switched to a 13-digit format. Now all ISBNs are 13-digits long.
Are there books without ISBN?
Yes, of course. Plenty of books are not sold in the trade or academic markets that require this method of sourcing a title by verifying where it comes from. For years we published books without ISBNs for the simple fact that we didn’t need them and they didn’t serve our needs.
Does every book have an unique ISBN?
Every book published has a unique number assigned to it – an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). ISO 2108, Information and Documentation – International Standard Book Number (ISBN) describes how publications in the supply chain are identified so that they are readily discovered, disambiguated from each other and, ultimately, can achieve higher sales for their publications.
Should I buy an ISBN for my book?
Buying a single ISBN might seem feasible if you only want to publish one title, but remember that you need an ISBN for each format. So if you want to publish your book as an audiobook, you’d need a brand new ISBN for that. As well as needing different ISBN numbers for your eBook and print versions.
Can I publish book without ISBN?
Yes, you can certainly publish your book without an ISBN: Amazon will assign an ASIN, for example, to a Kindle version of your book in lieu of an ISBN. But if so, say that KDP is your publisher, not that you’re self-publishing. So, for all the reasons above…