Probably, you are an author, publisher or just an ordinary reader and have seen books so marked with ISBN numbers but may have never fully understood what these numbers are all about. An ISBN, or as is known the long way-International Standard Book Number, is the code that is used to recognize books, e-books and other published works of art and literary kinds. Looking at this fact and the other that these will so help your works to be so easily catalogued, it is as such a fact that for the authors, self publishing writers, company representatives and publishers who wish to achieve these with their works, the need to have an ISBN acquired is more than a necessity but a must. The steps that you will need to take for the need to have obtained an ISBN actually varies from one country to the other. Thus you will need to identify your national ISBN agency by visiting the ISBN Agency website as you begin the process of obtaining your ISBN. Once you will have set on this site, you will then need to click on your country and from there follow on the directions as will be provided by your national ISBN agency. To find your national ISBN agency, all you will need to do is to visit the ISBN agency website which is available at http://www.isbn-international.org.
Once you are on this site, you now need to pick the country where your company’s headquarters is located. This is an option that you can access by looking at the dropdown menu on the website. Make sure that you have actually selected this option even in those cases where your company happens to be having such multiple locations. This is actually such a need for those who will be making their applications for the ISBNs on behalf of some company or organization.
If you are not applying on behalf of a company or organization, then you need to select your country. These apply to entities such as the traditional or e-book publishers, audio cassette, software and video producers or the representatives of museums and other organizations that have a publishing program as they will have to pick the country of their base. Just on the very same drop down menu, you will find the “Find Agency” page and on this you will find the options for finding your national agency.
The next step will be that which will see you create an account with your national agency. And when it gets to this, it is as well important that you bear in mind the fact that the processes differ from one national agency to the other and are not entirely standardized.