Apply for an ISBN

An ISBN is required to list a new book for retail sale on An ISBN, which stands for International Standard Book Number, is the standard way of identifying book titles and separating them not only from each other, but also from their various publication formats, such as multiple editions, hardcover, paperback, audiocassette, CD-ROM, and so on.

To apply for your ISBN:
Contact the following:

International Standard Book Numbering Agency

R. R. Bowker

630 Central Avenue

New Providence, NJ 07974

Telephone: (877) 310-7333

Fax: (908) 665-2895

The process usually takes up to 10 business days. If you're contacting R.R. Bowker from outside the United States, be sure to ask for information related to the ISBN registry for your country.

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