Tuesday, November 09, 2004


The Nov. issue of the NISO Newsline has the article The 13-Digit ISBN: There's Time, But Act Fast!
Worldwide, the industry will move to from a 10-digit to a 13-digit ISBN on January 1, 2007. Experts from NISO and counterpart organizations, working within the ISO, have taken steps to make the transition as easy as possible for publishers and librarians. The NISO web site has answers to a range of basic question as well as links to further information.

January 1, 2005 is the first important date in the move to 13 digits. That's what the Uniform Code Council has established as the "sunrise date" for U.S. retailers to join the rest of the world in using a full 13-digit European Article Number (EAN) in place of the current US 12-digit Universal Product Code (UPC), or bar code. The change supports the sale of US books through all channels using a single identifier.

NISO urges publishers to submit title information to Books In Print right now. Every ISBN registered will automatically be converted to 13-digits.

Just an idea, would it make sense to convert the 10 digit numbers into the 13 and populate the catalog with those in field 024? All valid 020's could have 978 added to the start of the number and the last number recalculated. Surely a script like that could not be too difficult. Would it be worth the effort?

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