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ISBNs are assigned in sequence as each new title is published. This standardization allows publishers and booksellers to identify books quickly, facilitating the trade of books between libraries, retailers, and distributors. When we talk about ISBNs, it’s important to note that they are region-specific. That’s why it’s important to find a company that can provide you with ISBNs for your country.

There are two ways of obtaining an ISBN: You can purchase them from an agency, or you can apply for them through the ISBN Registration Agency of your country or region. In some countries, ISBN are provided by Government for free to their citizen only. But, you will have to jump through many loops to get ISBNs as it is control by lazy government. I prefer purchasing ISBN from countries such as US and UK where I will have to pay a price and save lots of time.

The first option is expensive, but also safer and faster. The prices for a ISBN registration ranges from $99 – $200 USD depending on the volume and country of your preference. On the other hand, applying through the ISBN Agency for a free ISBN. Only few countries provide free ISBN, you need to do research for it.

The second option is free, but it can be applied to all products, while the first option is limited to specific types of products. Moreover, you need to keep in mind ISBNs are international. A ISBN purchased from the USA agency Bowker is as equal as free ISBN from Indian government. ISBN India is one of the known third-party ISBN service provider that assign book ISBN for independent authors from anywhere in the world.

What is a ISBN Agency?

An ISBN Agency is an organization that ensures all the books published in a particular country are assigned a unique International Standard Book Number or ISBN. It is an identification number that publishers need to assign to every book they publish.

ISBN agencies maintain records of all available numbers and will issue them only to publishers that have met their criteria for publishing standards. They provide services like validation, registration, and distribution of ISBNs in a given country.

How to find an ISBN Agency in your Countries

Finding an official ISBN agency in any country is easy, just do a Google search “ISBN agency + country name”. Or, there is another way in which you will get all the info you need regarding your country official ISBN agency, including their office address and phone number.

isbn-international.org is an International ISBN agency website. You can learn a lot about ISBN from their official website. On their website you will find an option which can help you find info about ISBN agency in your countries. Here is a direct link to find an Agency: https://www.isbn-international.org/agencies

If you need help finding an ISBN Agency

ISBN Agency in Your Country

Here is a list of 20 ISBN agency country wise. If you don’t see your country in this list, then don’t worry, you can find an ISBN agency in your country through the above URL.

United States

Organization: R.R. Bowker, LLC – US ISBN Agency
Address: 26 Main Street, Suite 102, Chatham, NJ 07928
Phone 1: (+1) 877-310-7333
Phone 2: (+ 1) 888-269 5372
Fax 1: (+1) 908-623-8508
Email: isbn-san@bowker.com
Web: http://www.isbn.org

ISBN Prefix: 978-0 | 978-1 | 979-8

United Kingdom

Organization: Nielsen Book – ISBN Agency
Address: Midas House, 3rd Floor, 62 Goldsworth Road – Woking, Surrey GU21 6LQ
Phone 1: +44 (0) 1483 712 215
Fax 1: +44 (0) 1483 712 214
Email: isbn.agency@nielseniq.com
Web: https://nielsenbook.co.uk/isbn-agency/

ISBN Prefix: 978-0 | 978-1

Canada

Organization: ISBN Canada, Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Address: 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
Phone 1: (+1 819) 994 68 72
Phone 2: (+1 866) 578 77 77 (toll free)
Fax 1: (+1 819) 997 7019
Email: isbn@bac-lac.gc.ca
Web: https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/isbn-canada/Pages/isbn-canada.aspx

ISBN Prefix: 978-0 | 978-1

Germany

Organization: ISBN-Agentur für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Address: MVB GmbH, Braubachstraße 16 D-60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone 1: +49 69 1306 387
Fax 1: +49 69 1306 255
Email: isbn@mvb-online.de
Web: http://www.german-isbn.de

ISBN Prefix: 978-3

Spain

Organization: Agencia del ISBN
Address: Cea Bermúdez, 44, 2 derecha 28003 Madrid
Phone 1: +34 902 105 389
Email: agencia@agenciaisbn.es
Web: http://agenciaisbn.es

ISBN Prefix: 978-84

Australia

Organization: ISBN Agency – Thorpe Bowker
Address: Level One, 607 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Victoria, 3004
Phone 1: (+61 3) 8517 8349
Fax 1: (+61 3) 8517 8399
Email: isbn@thorpe.com.au
Web: http://www.myidentifiers.com.au

ISBN Prefix: 978-0 | 978-1

Singapore

Organization: ISBN Agency
Address: National Library Board, Library Supply Centre, 3 Changi South St 2 #03-00, Xilin Districentre Building B 486548
Email: enquiry@nlb.gov.sg
Web: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/deposit/home/index

ISBN Prefix: 978-981 | 978-9971

United Arab Emirates

Organization: Ministry of Culture & Youth – ISBN Agency
Address: P.O. Box 17 Abu Dhabi
Phone 1: (+971) 501199984
Phone 2: (+971) 800552255
Email: info@mcy.gov.ae
Web: https://www.mckd.gov.ae/en/services/issuing-international-standard-book-number-isbn/

ISBN Prefix: 978-9948

Mexico

Organization: Agencia ISBN México
Address: INDAUTOR (Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor), Puebla No. 143, piso 2, Col. Roma Norte, Alcaldía Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06700, Ciudad de México
Phone 1: (+52) 55 3601 8206
Phone 2: (+52) 55 3601 8221
Fax 1: (+52) 55 3601 8206
Email: isbnmexico@cultura.gob.mx
Web: http://www.indautor.gob.mx/isbn/index.html

ISBN Prefix: 978-607 | 978-968 | 978-970

Ghana

Organization: George Padmore Research Library on African Affairs
Address: c/o Ghana Library Authority, P.O. Box GP 2970 Accra
Phone 1: (+233) 24 944 6508
Phone 2: (+233) 24 217 4209
Email: padmorelibrary@gmail.com
Web: https://www.library.gov.gh/isns/

ISBN Prefix: 978-9964 | 978-9988

France

Organization: AFNIL
Address: 35, rue Grégoire de Tours 75006 Paris
Phone 1: (+33 1) 4441 2919
Fax 1: (+33 1) 4441 2903
Email: afnil@electre.com
Web: http://www.afnil.org

ISBN Prefix: 978-2 | 979-10

Sweden

Organization: Swedish ISBN Agency
Address: National Library of Sweden National Bibliography, Box 5039 102 41 Stockholm
Phone 1: +46 10 709 33 64
Phone 2: +46 10 709 30 90
Email: isbn@kb.se
Web: https://isbn.kb.se

ISBN Prefix: 978-91

Denmark

Organization: DBC DIGITAL A/S
Address: Tempovej 7-11, DK 2750 Ballerup
Phone 1: +45 24 65 77 17
Phone 2: +45 24 65 81 76
Email: isbn@dbc.dk
Web: http://www.isbn.dk

ISBN Prefix: 978-87

Switzerland

Organization: ISBN-Agentur Schweiz
Address: c/o Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verleger-Verband SBVV, Limmatstrasse 107, Postfach, 8031 Zürich
Phone 1: +41 44 421 36 01
Phone 2: +41 44 421 36 04
Fax 1: +41 44 421 36 18
Email: isbn@sbvv.ch
Web: https://www.sbvv.ch/orderisbn/25/ISBN-Agentur/bestellformular

ISBN Prefix: 978-2 | 978-3

Israel

Organization: Israeli ISBN Group Agency
Address: Israeli Center for Libraries, 22 Baruch Hirsh St., P.O. Box 801 Bnei Brak 51108
Phone 1: +972 3 618 01 51
Phone 2: +972 54 590 70 20
Fax 1: +972 3 579 80 48
Email: isbn@icl.org.il
Web: http://www.icl.org.il

ISBN Prefix: 978-965

Kuwait

Organization: ISBN Agency
Address: National Library of Kuwait, P.O.Box. 26182, 13122 Safat
Phone 1: +965 229 29802
Fax 1: +965 229 29869
Email: isbn@nlk.gov.kw
Web: http://www.nlk.gov.kw

ISBN Prefix: 978-9921 | 978-99906 | 978-99966

Philippines

Organization: Standard Book Numbering Agency
Address: Bibliographic Services Division, The National Library of the Philippines, TM Kalaw St P.O Box 2926, Ermita Manila 1000
Phone 1: +632 5 336 72 00 (x406-407)
Phone 2: +63 9 1787 18210
Email: isbn@nlp.gov.ph
Web: http://web.nlp.gov.ph

ISBN Prefix: 978-621 | 978-971

South Africa

Organization: ISBN Agency
Address: The National Library of South Africa, Private Bag X990 Pretoria 0001
Phone 1: +27 (0) 12 401 9718
Phone 2: +27 (0) 12 401 9776
Fax 1: +27 (0) 12 325 5984
Email: ISN.agency@nlsa.ac.za
Web: http://www.nlsa.ac.za

ISBN Prefix: 978-0 | 978-1

Pakistan

Organization: Pakistan ISBN Agency
Address: National Library of Pakistan, Sector G-5 Constitution Avenue, Islamabad – 44000
Phone 1: (+92 51) 920 2549
Phone 2: (+92 51) 920 7456
Fax 1: (+92 51) 922 13 75
Email: nationallibrary2000@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.nlp.gov.pk

ISBN Prefix: 978-627 | 978-969

India

Organization: Raja Rammohun Roy ISBN Agency
Address: Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Room No. 13, 4th Floor, Jeevandeep Building, Parliament Street New Delhi-110001
Phone 1: (+91-11) 2334 1739
Phone 2: (+91-79) 2326 8229
Email: isbn-mhrd@gov.in
Web: http://www.isbn.gov.in

ISBN Prefix: 978-81 | 978-93

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