Q 1. What is an ISBN?

Ans. An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number.

Q 2. What is the purpose of an ISBN?

Ans. An ISBN is a product that is used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. It enables them to identify a particular publisher and allows the publisher to identify a specific edition of a specific title in a specific format within their output.

Q 3. Why do we need an ISBN?

Ans. There is no legal requirement for an ISBN and it conveys no legal or copyright protection. It is a product number.

Q 4. What can we gain from an ISBN?

Ans. To sell publications through major bookselling chains, or Internet booksellers, most cases require an ISBN to assist in internal processing and ordering systems. The ISBN also provides access to bibliographic databases, which are organized using ISBN as references. These databases are used by the book industry and libraries to provide information to customers The ISBN therefore provides access to bibliographic details of the books that could help sales of publication.

Q 5. Where can I get an ISBN?

Ans. ISBNs are assigned to Publishers in the country where the Publisher's main office is based. /publishing activity takes place. This is irrespective of the language of the publication or the intended market for the book.

Q 6. Who is eligible for ISBN?

Ans. Any Publisher who is publishing a qualifying product for general sale or distribution to the market, any author whose name is indicated on the cover page of book along with title, Institutions against the Seminars and Conferences on a specified title.

Q 7. How long does it take to get an ISBN?

Ans. The standard service time is at least two working days.

Q 8. How many ISBNs do I need?

Ans. ISBNs are available in blocks for publishers and the smallest block is of 10 numbers. For an author, a single ISBN number is allotted against a single title. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. For example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. Applicant(author) can apply for more than one variation in the same application. The ISBN no to be allotted is the prerogative of the Raja Rammohun National Agency, which takes in account the publishing activity already done and proposed to be done in the future by the applicant.

Q 9. Can I pass on unused ISBNs to other users?

Ans. No. The ISBN is broken down into group identifier, publisher identifier and title identifier. This means that all ISBNs in the batch allocated shows publisher identifier, and all products identified by ISBNs from that batch will be considered as being published by that publisher

Q 10. Which products do not qualify for ISBNs?

Ans. The following products do not qualify for ISBNs:
  • Serials/periodicals/journals (these are suitable for ISSN)
  • Record books
  • Videos DVDs or other media for entertainment.
  • Documentaries on video/CD-ROM, DVD or other media.
  • Computer games
  • Computer application packages
  • Music Scores
  • Items available to a restricted group, e.g. a course book only available to student on the course.
  • Websites.
  • Non text-based publications.

Q 11. What is Title Verso Page ?

Ans Title Verso is the page displaying – Title of the book Name of the Author/Editor Copyright © Copyright holder Name and Address of Publisher Name and Address of the printer

Q 12. What does Cover Page display ?

Ans Cover Page should display Title of the book Name of the Author/Editor

Q 13. What is a Registered ID Proof of the publishing agency ?

Ans Following document can be considered as the registered ID proof of publishing Agency. CIN Certificate VAT Certificate MSME Udyog Aadhaar Any Certificate issued by State/Central Government Agency to Publishing Agency supporting their Publishing business/work.

Q 14. What is an imprint ?

Ans An imprint of a publisher is a trade name under which a work is published. (In case of an imprint (XYZ) other than for which (ABC) ISBN number had been allotted, kindly mention it as XYZ an imprint of ABC in the required column) .

Q 15. What does requisition letter from an Educational Institute/Govt deptt mentions ?

Ans A request on the Institute’s letter head issued by the competent authority (stamped and sealed) for the ISBN number. (Alongwith details of the seminar/conference if applying in that category)