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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  • The ISO logo - a red square with a world motif and ISO in white

    The fifth and latest edition of the ISBN Standard has now been published by ISO (International Organization for Standardization).

    The new Standard has been developed by an international working group of 41 experts from 14 countries who were involved with the project for three years, providing advice, feedback and discussion points as the work progressed. The International ISBN Agency was also represented on the working group.

    While ISBN remains the key identifier for books in the supply chain and will retain its current 13-digit structure, there are...

  • Maltese flag flying from upper Barrakka gardens in Valletta.

    Every year the International ISBN Agency organises an Annual General Meeting, at which delegates from all national and regional ISBN agencies are invited to participate. In 2018, this meeting was held at the Palace Hotel in Sliema, Malta on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 September.

    First and foremost, we would like to give our sincere thanks to the National Book Council of Malta, which helped to host the meeting and whose staff worked very hard to ensure that the meeting was a successful, well-attended and informative event. Our particular thanks go to Mark Camilleri and Simona Cassano....