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ISBN and ISSN barcodes for books, magazines and other publications:
Once-off publications like a novel, textbook, biography or non-fiction publication need to carry the International Standard Book Number format of barcode – also known as the Bookland EAN-13 barcode. There exist both 10-digit and 13-digit ISBN’s. In South Africa the global 13-digit standard which was adopted in 2007 is used. As you can see below, the book’s barcode is actually made up of the 13-digit ISBN itself, which already contains a check digit, as follows:
Newspapers and Magazines:
An ongoing publication, such as a magazine, newspaper, periodical, or other serialised print requires a more specialised barcode, which is made up of both the applicable ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) as well as an add-on barcode which indicates the issue number:
If your publication is only for private distribution and you intend to make no more than 50 copies of the book (or other publication) – then you are not by law required to have an ISBN or ISSN barcode appear. However the vast majority of booksellers and newsagents will require you to have one for normal retail purposes. In the case of an e-book, the decision lies with the online portal which you have chosen to market your work on. Some online stores don’t require an ISBN if you are publishing on Kindle for example, whereas Apple’s iBookstore does.
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