The International ISBN Agency

Easily recognisable as the identifier for all kinds of books, the International Standard Book Number is key to an efficient and effective book supply chain.

The International ISBN Agency is the registration authority for the Standard on a global basis. 

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  • A black and white portrait of David Whitaker

    The International ISBN Agency is very sad to inform the community that David Whitaker, one of the foremost early champions of book numbering, has died.

    Based in London, UK, he worked with his father Haddon in the family firm from the 1950s. The family firm was J. Whitaker and Sons Ltd  - at that time prominent as the publisher of The Bookseller magazine and of the famous Almanack, as well as for producing lists of forthcoming books in the UK and for developing new services to assist the book supply chain. 

    David Whitaker became one of the key players in the…

  • The building where the International ISBN Agency is based

    In common with many organisations across the world, the current Covid-19 crisis is having an impact on the International ISBN Agency's operations. Please be advised that, until further notice, our offices in Russell Square will not be occupied and all staff will be working remotely. However, we would like to stress that staff members are otherwise working as normal and that the International ISBN Agency's functions are being performed with no interruption.

    Should you wish to contact the International ISBN Agency, please note that our telephone system is being accessed only…