ISBN or the International Standard Book Number is very useful and has been received positively ever since it was introduced in 1970. The books with their unique identity have lots of use amongst the publishers, the sellers, the librarians and also the readers. People have highly appreciated the use of International Standard Book Numbers.
In most of the countries, the publishers need to have an ISBN before publishing their book. This is not a necessity, but for their books to go to the distributors, this procedure is important. Before the ISBN was introduced the booksellers and the publishers always got into some kinds of troubles due to the mixing up of various editions of one book. There are a lot of book in the academic genre that is regularly updated, and for a person to find the perfect addition, an ISBN is very important.
ISBN or the International Standard Book
Hence the ISBN is highly appreciated by the students and the booksellers. It has made handling the books and distributing them much easier. The person does not need all the information about the book but only one 13 digit number and can easily find or order the book.
ISBN has also made the lives of the publishers and the author’s easy. With the number being accepted all over the world, it is easier for them to get their books checked in a bookstore or a library.
It also helps the publishers to access the profits their books have made in the market. The authors are also benefiting from the ISBN code since they directly get paid for each time their books are rented in the libraries.
In the world of internet and everything being available online, people prefer to buy the books also online. However, it is not possible to check the publication and the content of the books while purchasing them from a website. The ISBN comes to use in this case. The person only needs to enter the 13 or 10 digits to order the exact copy of the book they want. It is also applicable to the eBooks in PDF or EPUB format etc.
There are a few disadvantages of ISBN is that people face. The first and the most obvious disadvantage is the price of getting an ISBN for the book. The cost is a lot in most of the countries, and it acts as an additional cost in publishing the book. The second disadvantages are that the publishers are responsible for paying all the legal deposits in their own country and also abroad if they plan on selling the book there. The other disadvantage to the ISBN is that if the publisher is a single person and not an organization, the address and personal details will be available to everyone. To avoid this issue, the authors should only write under a pen name or get the book published by an agency or put a third party contact in the contact details.
With a lot of benefits and only a few disadvantages, ISBN is very useful. It has been accepted worldwide by the publishers and authors. It is the reason for it becoming legal.