Decoding the Secrets: What is ISBN?

Every e-book published by Booktango gets a free ISBN. But, exactly what is ISBN?

The answer isn’t as complicated as you might imagine. A book’s ISBN, or International Standard Book Number, helps publishers, retailers, and bookstores in book-tracking.

Nowadays, all books get 13-digit ISBNs (books published before 2007 have the 10-digit versions). At first glance, you’d think that each digit is randomized. But, once we break it into five different groups, we can decode the secrets of the ISBN.

What is ISBN?

We’ll take you through the groups so you can learn how an ISBN identifies your book.

Prefix: Welcome to Bookland

The newest addition to the ISBN, the prefix, indicates the product’s industry. The number 978 represents the book publishing industry; you’ll see it on all of the e-books in our bookstore. Continue reading