Barcodes for Books and Magazines
Since they were invented in 1974, barcodes have spread throughout our everyday lives and beyond. The EAN and UPC formats are used in retailers to sell products and assist in stock control. The ITF- 14 format (box / case) are used to supply products in bulk. Two dimensional barcodes such as the very popular Quick Response codes are used in businesses throughout the world in order to market their products or services and make payment applications such as SnapScan possible. QR codes are also being used by concert venues as well as in the tourism and hospitality industry in order to give people access to information regarding the concert or tourism destination. It is no surprise that barcodes have entered the publishing industry as well. barcodessouthafrica.co.za is excited to be part of providing information in line with the publishing industry in South Africa. We are fully equipped to help you on your way to publishing success. What are ISBNs and when would you need them? What is the difference between ISBN barcodes and ISSN? How does one go about acquiring them? We are here to answer all your questions about how to use them to publish your book.
What are ISBN barcodes?
If you want to publish a book, you will require an ISBN number as well as ISBN barcodes. This is the International Standard Book number, and it is used to regulate books within the publishing world. Every book ever published throughout the world, will have its very own ISBN number. This assists in controlling the sales of books within Bookshops and helps libraries control the lending out of books.
On the other hand, ISSNs are used to control the publishing of Magazines. These International Standard Serial Numbers are used to control the distribution and publication of each issue of each magazine or periodical. Examples of periodicals include magazines, newspapers, yearbooks, journals, newsletters, and yearly reports. It is basically any publication that comes out regularly. An ISSN will include information about the country of origin as well as the publisher’s details. These numbers always begin with 977 which makes it clear that the publication is a periodical. The number becomes a part of the ISSN barcodes – which makes it different to the EAN. Most periodicals will only need one. It is only if you want to publish your serial periodical in another format or language that it would be necessary to acquire a separate one for each variation.
Before we can create your unique ISSN, it is necessary to apply for your ISSN number from the international database of ISSN numbers in Paris. It is important to give this process about two weeks. Details that they will need include the title, name of publisher, start date, language, frequency, and city of publication. In addition, they will require personal details such as your name, address, and contact details. One more crucial thing to remember is that if you need to apply for an one for a title that has not yet been published, it will be necessary to wait six months before the date of publication in order to receive it.
How does one go about acquiring a number and ISBN barcodes?
In order to acquire a number, it is necessary to apply for it at the National Library of South Africa or the organisation in your country that registers ISBNs. This process will take up to a week to happen. You will need a unique and individual number for each book you publish. It may also be necessary to apply for separate barcodes if you publish your book in two or more formats. For example, if you publish your book in hard and soft cover. It demarcates each specific publication, the date, region, publisher, title, and edition of each book. ISBN barcodes started out in 1965 in England. After this, they spread throughout the world. They used to be 10 digits long, however in 2007, they were changed to 13 digits long.
Okay, I have my ISBN number, now what? The next step is to design ISBN barcodes that will be linked to this specific number. This barcode belongs only to you and has not been used before. It will be linked to your number. These are actually very similar to the more conventional EAN. It has simply been adapted for use on books.
The process of acquiring ISBN barcodes through resellers listed on our website is simple, fast, and easy. Firstly, it is necessary to make payment. After this, all you have to do is to supply your individual number. They will use this number to create your ISBN barcodes. They usually will send you the package via email in a fast and efficient manner.
Okay, I have my ISBN barcodes, what is the next step?
After this, you need to attach them to your book. There are two ways of doing this. Firstly, you can include it in the design of your book cover. In this way, the ISBN barcodes will automatically be on each book. Secondly, you can print them onto barcode labels which you can manually attach to each book.
Acquiring barcodes for your book has never been so easy. It does not have to be a long or complicated process. We are here to answer all of your questions. They come with a certificate of authentication that guarantees that you are the sole owner and that they are completely unique to you. Publishing your book can be a daunting prospect. But having all the information can make it as easy and simple as possible.