[Videolib] ISBN #s

Herownword@aol.com
Wed, 22 Mar 2006 12:06:11 EST

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Does anyone on this listserv know of an alternative way to obtain ISBN #s
than by paying Bowker's fees? Years ago ISBN prefixes and numbers were free
and I obtained a prefix and what I thought was a lifetime supply of numbers in
1989. But as it turns out, I'm nearing the end of the numbers. Bowker's
staff has informed me that I will not be able to keep my original ISBN prefix
(for any amount of money) and that if I want to obtain a prefix that I can use
consistently, I will have to purchase a huge quantity, pay a large fee, and
be liable for a continuing yearly fee. I have two questions for the listserv:
1. Does anyone else issue ISBN #s or a suitable equivalent? 2. Do
librarians and other media professionals care whether a DVD, VHS, or book has an
ISBN # or not?

Many thanks.

Jocelyn Riley
HerOwnWords.com
NontraditionalCareers.com

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Many thanks.
 
Jocelyn Riley
HerOwnWords.com
NontraditionalCareers.com 
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