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The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique book identification numeric code which can be allocated to any single book - whether it is printed or electronically available. The ISBN must be 13 digits in size if allocated on or after January 1, 2007, and 10 digits if allocated before that time.
While publishing a book, authors or publishers may decide not to have an ISBN. But, it is always a good idea to get one ISBN allocated for the book. ISBN helps to provide the book an international identity and facilitates the sale of the book to different bookstores, distribution channels, and libraries throughout different countries.
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) system was introduced in 1972 and in India, it was put into operation in 1985 by Raja Rammohan National Agency for ISBN.
Directly from Raja Rammohan National Agency for ISBN
In India, the author can have his/her own free ISBN by applying to Raja Rammohan National Agency for ISBN. By default, you need to generate your own EAN barcode as they DO NOT provide the same along with the ISBN. There is no fee associated with it and it may take approximately 20 to 50 days to get the ISBN in your hand if approved. Download and print the following proforma and send that to Rammohan National Agency for ISBN along with a letter of application requesting registration and delivery of ISBNnumber to your postal address.
Raja Ram Mohun Roy ISBN Agency
Room No. 13,
Jeevan Deep Building,
If publishing process is powered by 24by7Publishing.com, books are generally assigned with a fresh free ISBN with no delay unless the standard of the content and presentations are not up to the mark as per the editorial team. The ISBN becomes machine-readable in the form of a 13-digit EAN bar code which is fast to read & less error prone. 24by7Publishing.com provides the related barcode along with the ISBN for free in case the book is getting processed by them.
Please note: 24by7Publishing.com is not the authority in India to provide the ISBN. 24by7Publishing.com requests Raja Rammohan National Agency for ISBN in bulk due to the large numbers of books processed by them.