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Advice from the ISBN team

Why does a book need an ISBN?

ISBNs are linked to essential information.
They allow booksellers and readers to know what book they are buying, what the book is about, and who the author is.

They are the global standard for identifying titles.
ISBNs are used worldwide as a unique identifier for books. They are used to simplify the distribution and purchase of books throughout the global supply chain.

Most retailers require ISBNs to track book inventory.
Without an ISBN, you will not be found in most bookstores, either online or down the street from your house. Buying an ISBN is the first step to ensure that your book is not lost in the wilderness.

Buying an ISBN improves the chances your book will be found.
Buying your ISBNs and registering your titles on My Identifiers ensures that information about your book will be stored in our Books In Print database. This opens up a world of possibilities that your book is listed with many retailers, libraries, Bookwire, as well as online services like Google Books, Appleā€™s iBooks, and many others.

For more information, contact the Australian ISBN agency on (03) 8517-8349 during business hours or email


Category: From the ISBN team