International Standard Book Number which is the full form for ISBN is a unique number to give the books a unique identity.This was a ten digit number till December 2006 but every since January 2007 it has been changed into a 13 digit number. Hence the books that are published before December 2006 have the ten-digit International Standard Book Number and the once after that have a 13 digit one. In addition to this, each of the editions of the books needs to have a different ISBN even though it has the same content. The e-books also need to have a different ISBN. The ISBN has a lot of advantages.
The publishers do not have to use complex strategies to make a record of all the books they have published in one series. All that has to be done is get the unique number that comes with the book and use it in making the records. This is also helpful to the sellers while ordering in bulks or while making a stack of all the books in the store.
Helpful To The Publisher
The publisher or the author can easily assess the number of times the book is being rented in the libraries all over the world and can earn easy profits from it.
Helpful To The Library
There are thousands of books that come to the library and have to be stacked in racks. It is really difficult to maintain the database of the books by their names. However with the help of the ISBN the database can be easily made. Additionally, the books can be easily found when someone wants them.
Helpful To The Buyer
When ordering a book, it is really difficult to find the right one. Sometimes you are unable to find the edition, sometimes the cover and much more. However, you can use the ISBN of the book to look for it on the internet and order it as per your liking.
There are a lot of uses of ISBN, however, in some places, it is not mandatory to have an ISBN issued for the books that are being published. Since this is a worldwide accepted number, it is important to implement it on all the writers and publishers.
Here is how that can be done:
All Governments Should Make It Compulsory
The first step always has to be taken by the government. Hence the government needs to make theimplementation of ISBN compulsory. They should give strict guidelines to the publishing houses to not publish the books unless the author gets an ISBN.
The reason some of the authors do not get an ISBN is that of its high cost. If the cost of issuing the unique number will be lessened, there will be more publishers and authors willing to take the numbers.
Unacceptable At The Stores
The books that do not have an ISBN should not be accepted at the stores. It will force the publishers to get an international standard book number. It will also help reduce the world for the bookstores.
Mandatory For Foreign Publication
ISBN is mandatory for publications in foreign countries. However, the charges are very high. Reduction of charges would make more and more authors go for ISBN.
These are a few ways that can be used to make the publishers and writers issue ISBN. The reason to make it the compulsory thing is that it is very helpful and also it brings uniformity in the system.