ISBN Registration


An International Standard Book Number, or ISBN, is a 13-digit code used as a unique identifier for books. An ISBN is assigned to each edition of a book, helping publishers, bookstores, and libraries keep track of their stock and sales. Meanwhile readers can use them to look up specific editions online. ISBN, or International Standard Book Number, is a unique identifier for books and other publications. It serves as a valuable tool for the publishing industry and the distribution of books.

Advantages of ISBN


ISBNs improve the accessibility of books for people with visual or reading disabilities. These codes are often used in cataloging and organizing accessible formats like audiobooks and large-print editions.

International Recognition

ISBN is recognized internationally. This means that a book with an ISBN can be easily identified and accessed by libraries, bookstores, and distributors around the world.

Efficient Cataloging

Libraries and bookstores use ISBN to catalog books efficiently. It simplifies the process of tracking books in their collections and helps with inventory management.

Online Search and Discovery

ISBN is part of the book's metadata, which includes details about the title, author, publisher, and publication date

Book Trade

ISBN is crucial in the book trade and supply chain. Publishers, wholesalers, and retailers use ISBN to place orders, manage inventory, and fulfill customer requests.

Sales and Distribution

ISBNs help track sales, royalties, and distribution. This is essential for authors, publishers, and distributors to manage the commercial aspects of book publishing.

Global Reach

An ISBN allows books to be sold and traded globally. It simplifies the process of exporting and importing books, making international book sales more accessible.

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Documents required for ISBN Registration

1. Publishing Details

You should provide information about the publication, such as the title, author, publisher, publication date, edition number (if applicable), format (e.g., print, e-book), and genre.

2. Author's/Authorizing Authority's Photo Identity

You may need to submit a photo identification document (e.g., Aadhaar card, passport, voter ID) for the author or the authorizing authority of the publication.

3. Proof of Address

You may be required to provide proof of your address. This can typically be in the form of a utility bill, bank statement, or other official document that shows your residential address.

4. Declaration/Copyright Page of the Publication

You might need to submit the declaration or copyright page from your publication. This is particularly relevant for books and helps confirm the book’s title, author, and publisher.

5. Synopsis or Summary of the Publication

In some cases, you may be asked to provide a brief synopsis or summary of your publication.

6. Author's/Authorizing Authority's Signature

Your application may require the author’s or the authorizing authority’s signature for verification purposes.

7. NOC from Author (if applicable)

If you are applying on behalf of the author, you may need a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the author authorizing the ISBN assignment.

Process of ISBN Registration

Step 1: Access the Application Form:

On the ISBN India website, look for the "Application for ISBN" section. You should find information about the ISBN application process and a link to download the application form. The application form is usually available in PDF format.

Step 2: Read the Guidelines and Instructions:

Before filling out the application form, carefully read any guidelines, instructions, or FAQs provided on the website. These guidelines will help you understand the application process and the information you need to provide.

Step 3: Gather Required Information:

Collect all the necessary information and documents needed to complete the application form. This may include details about your publication, such as the title, author, publisher, format (e.g., print book, e-book), ISBN edition number (if applicable), publication date, number of pages, and more.

Step 4: Complete the Application Form:

Fill out the ISBN application form accurately and completely. Make sure all fields are filled in, and provide the requested information about your publication.

Please note that ISBNs are typically assigned to specific editions and formats of a publication, so you may need multiple ISBNs if you have different versions of your work, such as hardcover and paperback editions or different digital formats.


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