ISBN Bookland EAN Barcode

In the United States, most retail products are marked with a UPC symbol. The corresponding barcode symbol in use in every other country aside from the United States is the European Article Number (EAN). Every EAN begins with a 2 or 3 digit prefix, which indicates the country of origin. EANs for companies registered in France, for example, might begin with the prefix 34; Japan’s prefix is 49. Since the book industry produces so many products, it has been designated as a country unto itself and has been assigned its own EAN prefix. That prefix is 978 and it signifies Bookland, that wonderful, fictitious country from where all books come.

An EAN which begins with the Bookland prefix 978 is called a Bookland EAN code and is used on books and book related products internationally. The Bookland symbol is the barcode of choice in the book industry because it allows for encodation of ISBNs (the numbers publishers use to identify their products). Since an ISBN is unique to one particular title (or product), the corresponding Bookland EAN symbol is a title-specific marking which is unique for that title. For example, if a title is available in hard cover, soft cover and as an e-book, three unique ISBN Bookland EAN bar codes are required.

The ISBN Bookland EAN Barcode also conveys US pricing information in the add-on barcode symbol.  The 5-digit barcode conveys the pricing information and follows establish rules for encodation.  For prices below $99.00, a 5 is added to the right followed by the four digit price (no decimal point).  Many US retailers and states also require a printed price to also be included.

Personalized Publisher ProgramISBN Barcode Assignment

The International ISBN Agency in the UK coordinates all ISBN allotments while individual group agencies assign ISBNs for each country. Every country has an organization which administers these numbers and the U.S. ISBN Agency is run by Bowker. Bar Code Graphics, Inc. has an agreement with the US ISBN Agency and our Publisher Services division is able to act as an agent for small publishers and facilitate single ISBN assignments with a publisher’s name listed as the registrant (Personalized Publisher Program). Today, Publisher Services is now the largest authorized agent and provides the majority of ISBN assignment to self-publishers.

 


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Mark Book with an ISBN Barcode

There are 2 ways to mark items with a ISBN Barcode

 

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Incorporate ISBN directly onto cover design

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Affix a pressure sensitive label (sticker) onto book

The best options depends on several factors

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an ISBN and how is it used?

ISBN stands for “International Standard Book Number”. It is a unique identifier for books, eBooks, tapes, and DVDs. The ISBN numbering system is used worldwide and publishers around the globe identify their work in this standardized format. Each title or edition must be identified by a unique ISBN. In essence, the ISBN number is similar to a license plate which guarantees that each book type product is identified uniquely. The ISBN information is associated to titles (and metadata) in global databases.

Who assigns an ISBN?

The International ISBN Agency in the UK coordinates all ISBN allotments while individual group agencies assign ISBNs for each country. Every country has an organization which administers these numbers and the U.S. ISBN Agency is run by Bowker. Bar Code Graphics, Inc. has an agreement with the U.S. ISBN Agency and our Publisher Services division is able to act as an agent for small publishers and facilitate single ISBN assignments with a publisher’s name listed as the registrant (Personalized Publisher Program). Today, Publisher Services is now the largest authorized agent and provides the majority of ISBN assignments to self-publishers.

Do I have to have an ISBN?

From the point of view of the international ISBN system there is no legal requirement to have an ISBN and it conveys no legal or copyright protection. However, both brick and mortar and online book sellers in the U.S. require ISBN identification.

What happens if I decided to publish under a new publisher and ISBN?

Publications which are reprinted should carry the new listed publisher’s ISBN and the ISBN of the previous edition on the verso of the title page. Example: ISBN 978-0-07-212575-7 (previously ISBN 978-1-4978-2052-4)

What is the Bookland EAN barcode?

Retailers and distributors require book products to carry a barcode which encodes the ISBN and pricing information. The Bookland EAN barcode is a standardized format which is accepted by trading partners worldwide. Our experience with barcodes enables us to provide our customers with symbols which comply with the GS1 guidelines and offer assistance with providing the appropriate format. Click here for an example. Please note, a digital barcode is not needed on eBooks.

If you require only a Bookland EAN symbol, we encourage you to purchase ISBN Bookland barcode files from CreateBarcodes.com for only $10 each.

Can I reuse my ISBN?

Once an ISBN has been assigned to a title it can never be reused.

Can I use the same ISBN for both the physical book and eBook of the same title?

Each format of a book requires its own unique ISBN assignment. Consequently, the ISBN on the printed book should not be used for the eBook. There is much debate on identifying different eBook formats (i.e. .epub and .mobi). The industry guidelines indicate each format type should carry its own ISBN. However, many publishers use a single ISBN to identify their eBooks since it is unlikely that the same marketplace will provide both versions.

I plan on selling my books through Createspace. Which program should I choose?

Createspace is a Print-On-Demand (POD) service from Amazon. Their system requires users to either have an ISBN assigned in their company’s name or use a Createspace-assigned ISBN. We have worked out an arrangement with Createspace to assist their customers. Clients who purchase our Personalized Publisher Program can utilize their ISBN number on both the books which they sell directly as well as those that are sold via the Createspace/Amazon marketplaces. Clients who have already purchased an ISBN through the Independent Publisher Program need to have Createspace assign a Createspace assigned ISBN for those publications to be offered on their service.

Note: ISBNs assigned from Createspace cannot be used to sell in any other marketplace, while the ISBNs assigned from our Personalized Publisher Program can be used across marketplaces. Since POD services, such as Createspace, are geared tolward printing individual books as they are sold, it is not economically feasible to use them to print large quantities.

If I make a change to my book, do I need to assign a new ISBN?

A new ISBN is not required for minor changes such as revising typographical errors and minor edits. A change in prices does not warrant a new ISBN but the Bookland EAN barcode on the back cover might need replacing if the price is encoded within the barcode.

Is my book copyright protected if I get an ISBN?

The ISBN is only an identifier and does not imply copyright protection. However, in the U.S., work is considered copyright protected as soon as it is created. Filing with the Copyright Office is optional but is helpful in situations which might require litigation.

Why buy an ISBN?

An ISBN enables a book/eBook to be discovered by potential customers and tracked by retailers/wholesalers. By assigning an ISBN to a title and having it listed on the Global Books in Print database, there is a greater likelihood that your book can be discovered by potential buyers. An ISBN is also crucial to point-of-sale and supply chain identification for inventory and sales recording.

How do I select a package?

Where you intend to sell your books will determine which package you should select. Around 90% of our clients select the Self-Publisher Package because they are primarily going to self-distribute their books. Publishers who intend to sell through distributors CreateSpace, and large retailers will need to purchase the Publisher Package for $129 each.

Where do I enter my title data?

Client portals are used to manage all of your book title information and cover art (optional). After your order has been processed you will receive an email with your ISBN number assignment(s) and a link directly to a portal. All relevant title data is to be entered and managed through this application. This information is automatically uploaded to the Global Books in Print database.

How many ISBNs do I need?

Every format of a title requires a unique ISBN. For example, a title which is available as a paperback and an eBook would need two different ISBNs. Booksellers utilize unique ISBNs to distinguish which title/format is being sold and so they can track and consequently reorder replacements.

How do I get my barcode?

Clients who purchase the Self-Publisher Package will be able to automatically create their ISBN digital barcode file directly on the portal. Once the title and pricing information is entered, clients can receive their barcode files instantly. Clients who purchase the Publisher Package will receive their barcode files when they receive their ISBN assignment email.

 

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  • Medical/UDI

  • Supply Chain

  • Assets/Inventory

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UPC (GTIN-12)

There are a variety of different types of barcodes. However, the UPC (Universal Product Number) symbol is the most recognized barcode in the United States, since it appears on almost every retail product. The UPC symbol is the barcode representation of the GTIN-12 which consists of twelve numeric characters that uniquely identify a company’s individual product. The GTIN-12 number is part of the family of GS1 global data structures that employ 14 digits and can be encoded into various types of data carriers.

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ISBN/Books

A requirement for selling a book through booksellers, wholesalers, and distributors is the assignment of unique ISBN numbers for each title and for each book to be marked with a Bookland EAN barcode. The Bookland symbol allows for encodation of ISBNs (the numbers publishers use to identify their products). Since an ISBN is unique to one particular title (or product), the corresponding Bookland EAN symbol is a title-specific marking which is unique for that title. For example, if a title is available in hard cover, soft cover and as an e-book, three unique ISBN Bookland EAN bar codes are required.

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Medical/UDI

The FDA UDI Mandate is part of a comprehensive healthcare traceability initiative to improve patient safety.  The Unique Device Identifier (UDI) requirement is rooted in holding each member of the supply chain responsible for ensuring each medical device is marked with a UDI barcode with data maintained on the FDA’s GUDID universal database.

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Supply Chain

Logistic barcodes such as the GS1-128 Shipping Label are used to track movement of a shipment within a supply chain.  Since suppliers are making shipments to a variety of trading partners it is essential to integrate the relevant standards and current technology.  The use of EDI and 2D barcodes which can encode much more data has transformed many supply chains.

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Assets/Inventory

The first step in designing an asset tracking system is to determine whether you are working with assets or inventory.  Assets are any items a company uses internally such as tools, equipment, furniture etc.  Inventory are items which are sold, distributed or used by a company.  The distinction between Assets and Inventory is essential in regards to how the items will be marked, scanned and stored.

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Coupon

The successful integration of GS1 DataBar Coupons has dramatically improved many promotions.  The interhent features including; value codes and automatic expiration date checking for retailers, has enabled more efficient redemption, much better security and better metrics to measure the performance of a campaign.

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