Barcodes for Books & Magazines (ISBN & ISSN)

The standard barcode packages we supply include EAN-13 and UPC-A numbers.  These numbers are not suitable for Books & Magazines.

Books require an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) using a range of numbers commonly prefixed with “978”.  This number range is reserved especially for print publications by the International ISBN Agency.

To obtain an ISBN for your book publication in Australia please visit Thorpe Bowker at https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/  Thorpe Bowker is the official ISBN Agency of Australia authorised by the International ISBN Agency.

Once you’ve obtained your ISBN number from Thorpe Bowker you’ll need an image of the ISBN generated as an ISBN-13 code. This is visually identical to an EAN-13 using the ISBN number.  The ISBN image can then be incorporated into your publication’s cover artwork file. Correctly formatted ISBN 13 images display the human readable numbers above and below the barcode.  We can help you with generating properly formatted high resolution ISBN barcode images for your publication.  Email us at [email protected] quoting your ISBN number (with or without the check digit) and we can arrange a quote and Special Order.

Magazines require an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN).  These can be obtained from the Australian ISSN Agency.  Visit https://www.nla.gov.au/the-australian-issn-agency. We can also assist you if you require images for your ISSNs.