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PostPosted: February 6th, 2011, 9:13 pm 
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I understand today's ISBN numbers are costly. A friend of mine purchased a bunch some 20-25 years ago, and didn't use them all.

What he and I both are wondering is whether or not they're still viable.

Anyone have any idea? Or an idea on where to check?


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PostPosted: February 11th, 2011, 9:12 am 
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Hi CharlieS,
I'd be stunned if your friend's ISBNs weren't still usable, but you can check by contacting the official U.S. ISBN administrator (Bowker). Here's their link:

http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/index.asp

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PostPosted: February 25th, 2011, 10:07 pm 
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I thought I had added to this a couple of days ago!

I checked with Bowker. ISBN assignments are good in perpetuity, or something close to it, thus my friend's batch, actually bought in '94, is still good.

He had 99 left, but wanted to retain a couple for his brother's possible use. Rich is of the old school: when he promises you something, he means it, so he more or less asked if that was OK with me. Uh, yeah, for two reasons: I'm not a gratuitously grumpy old slob; we originally though he might have bought 10 or 20.

I think today's ISBNs run closer to $100 apiece, and may need to be bought in blocks of ten. I need these, should this non-grumpy old slob live long enough, for no more than seven books. I'll let my "heirs and assigns" worry about any remainder.

Thus, if anyone else happens onto a clump of these things, they're almost certainly still good. You do have to find a program to convert the numbers to a bar code, which is just another kind of font. There are several dozen out there, it seems.


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2011, 9:47 am 
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Using your existing ISBN numbers should not be a problem even if they are that old. The only thing I would check is what kind of ISBN they are before I start using them. Sometimes what may be one code under the 10 digit ISBN will end up being another under the 13 digit ISBN which can lead to confusion if put into some databases.

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PostPosted: June 7th, 2011, 11:37 am 
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AdamC wrote:
Using your existing ISBN numbers should not be a problem even if they are that old. The only thing I would check is what kind of ISBN they are before I start using them. Sometimes what may be one code under the 10 digit ISBN will end up being another under the 13 digit ISBN which can lead to confusion if put into some databases.


Yes. I need to find out what the necessary steps are for changing the ones I use to 13 digit ISBNs.


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