ISBN Users' Manual

The ISBN Users' Manual (in English) is available as a pdf document. You can read the ISBN Users' Manual off- and online. To read it offline download the PDF version and save it to your computer. The latest version of the ISBN Users' Manual in English was issued in January 2012. 

Last update: 2012

The current ISBN Users' Manual has now been translated into a number of other languages, which are all available in pdf format. To download a pdf version of the Users' Manual please click on the relevant language:

Last update: 2016

A translation by the Sweden ISBN Agency of the 5th edition of the Users' Manual from 2005 is available in Swedish

It is also possible to download an issue of the Users' Manual translated into Danish by visiting the website of the Denmark ISBN Agency. Please note that this translation is based on the fifth edition of the Users' Manual from 2005, but it has been updated to include the more detailed rules about assignments to digital publications which form part of the sixth edition.

A translation of the fifth edition of the Users' Manual is available in Persian. Please note this is a translation of the Users' Manual from 2007.

Handbook for ISBN (in Russian). This is not a direct translation of the International Users' Manual but sets out the basic rules and procedures of ISBN assignment and will be useful for publishers, booksellers and librarians. A new edition is also in preparation and will be made available as soon as possible.

A Users' Handbook (from Belarus) from 2009. This is based on the ISO Standard and the requirements of the equivalent national standard and is intended for use by publishers, booksellers, librarians and printing houses in Belarus. 

A translation of the Users' Manual is available in Korean. This is based on the 6th international edition of the Users' Manual, although some of the sections are organised differently and there are some minor changes specifically related to the application of ISBN in Korea Republic. The Korean Manual also incorporates guidelines on the use of ISSN (International Standard Serial Number).

Handbook for ISBN (in Ukrainian). This is not a direct translation of the International Users' Manual but is based on the ISO Standard, the Users' Manual and national legislation in force in Ukraine. It sets out the basic rules and procedures of ISBN assignment.