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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  • AFNIL logo and website, containing text and a book image

    AFNIL, the organisation which runs the ISBN Agency for France and several other Francophone nations, has published its new website.

    The website can be found in the same location as previously, https://www.afnil.org. It contains a more modern feel and far more extensive information on AFNIL and its services than was previously possible. There are sections on AFNIL's role and much more information about the ISBN, its importance and how to apply....

  • The logo for Book Industry Communication 'BIC' on a white bakcground

    On Wednesday 24 October at the British Library, Book Industry Communication (BIC) held a BIC Breakfast event on the topic of the ISBN. The event was subtitled The ISBN - Best Practice for International Book Identification and discussed important topics for stakeholders across the supply chain about the importance of following the ISBN standard correctly, and the sometimes serious impacts when ISBNs are misused.

    Because of the importance and prevalence of ISBN in the supply chain and due to the ever-increasing number of products available internationally, best practice...