ISBN 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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Independent Publisher Services LLC (Publisher Services) is a specialized business unit of Bar Code Graphics, Inc.  We work with authors who need assistance with ISBN identification and offer a variety of products and services  developed to facilitate self-publishers, who are looking to bring their books to market.  What started as a partnership with the US ISBN Agency has developed into a full service self-publishing company, which has provided assistance to over 57,000 publishers.

  • ISBN Identification
  • Bookland EAN Barcodes
  • Cover Design Services
  • Book Formatting
  • E-book Conversion
  • Kindle E-book Setup
  • Book Printing
  • Worldwide Distribution and Fulfillment
  • “Autographed Copy”  and Promotional Labels


Bar Code Graphics is affiliated with many book industry associations and is an official channel partner for the US ISBN Agency (Bowker).

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Book Cover Design is one of the most important aspects of successfully marketing your book.


For just $149, our design team can create a custom book cover design for you according to your creative vision. Our designers can work off of an image provided by the author or one of the many stock photographs from our database.

It is important to get your book cover professionally designed in order to assure it has:

  • High quality resolution
  • Correct dimensions according to book size
  • Correct spine width and adjustment
  • Correct bleed space
  • ISBN barcode placement


Right from the start, one of the features which sets us apart from other companies is the accessibility to our customer service team. A representative is available by phone to assist you with any inquiries you may have.


Barcode Graphics (Publisher Services) specializes in high quality print runs ranging from 10 to 2,000 copies. We have the capability to handle orders of all sizes and book orders ship within 3 business days from proof approval.
  • FAST turnaround: Books will ship within 3 business days from proof approval.
  • Personal Service: Our staff is available by phone to assist with your order.
  • Graphic layout assistance. Our internal graphics department provides our book printing customers with a complimentary PDF file conversion (other printers charge a minimum of $75 for this service) and we also provide graphic layout assistance at very reasonable rates.
  • Great Low Prices! Since we do not tack on additional fees for conversion and minor revisions, our prices are very competitive.

EBook Conversion Pricing: Kindle & EPUB


Publisher Service provides professional digital book formatting and ebook conversion. Our dedicated in-house designers will provide ebooks in both Kindle (.MOBI) and EPUB formats. Our clients have direct access to a dedicated account manager to assist with all the steps to insure a high quality end product.

  • EPUB Format for Nook & iBooks
  • Mobi format for Kindle
  • Linked Table of Contents
  • Professional formatting
  • Quick 3-5 day turnaround
  • Tech Support- Speak to a real person!
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  • UPC (GTIN-12)

  • ISBN/Books

  • Medical/UDI

  • Supply Chain

  • Assets/Inventory

  • Coupon

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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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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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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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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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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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