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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  • Delegates of the Arab World Meeting pose on the steps of the Library

    The first ISBN regional meeting of the Arab World to be held in three years has taken place in Rabat, Morocco on 9 and 10 May 2017. The meeting was held thanks to the generous offer and hard work of the Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc, which runs the Morocco ISBN Agency.

    Delegates from the following agencies were present at the meeting:

    • Algeria
    • Morocco
    • Oman
    • Qatar
    • Tunisia
    • International ISBN Agency

    Reports were given on the implementation of ISBN in...

  • The red ISO logo with the number 70 alongside it

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world's premier international standards body. An independent, non-government international organization, ISO turned 70 on 23 February 2017. On that date in 1947, following discussions about the future of standardization, ISO was officially formed. Its original purpose was to facilitate the coordination and unification of standards developed by its member bodies, all of which were national standardization entities in their respective countries. The founders decided that the organization would be open to every country wanting to...