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Why Do Books Have International Standard Book Number (ISBN)?




ISBN is an abbreviated name for International Standard Book Number. ISBNs were originally ten (10) digits in length till December 2006; by 1 January 2007, it is now 13 digits. They are generated via a mathematical procedure and contain a check digit to ensure the number is genuine.


International Standard Book Number (ISBN) Elements


ISBN has five (5) elements which are divided by hyphens or spaces.


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