It is my expererience as a distributor that Bowker is it. That you must
purchase ISBNs and there's no way around it. As a video librarian as the
others have said they are very useful and necessary.
Marlene (aka Afua Kafi-Akua)
Media Resources Manager
The City University of New York
Center for Academic Computing and Education Technology
Academic Core Building, 4G02A
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451
Quoting Jessica Rosner <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> I am a tad confused by all this. All our films just get assigned ISBN
> numbers. We have nothing to do
> With it. Does it make that much difference to have the same prefix?
> On 3/22/06 3:02 PM, "Bergman, Barbara J" <email@example.com> wrote:
>> ISBNs do make the purchasing and cataloguing process faster and easier, so
>> technical services staff like ISBNs.
>> Once any item is in the collection, our data takes over for the ISBN of
>> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 11:06 AM
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: [Videolib] ISBN #s
>> 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
>> Many thanks.
>> Jocelyn Riley
> Proud Resident of a BLUE STATE
> Jessica Rosner
> Kino International
> 333 W 39th St. 503
> NY NY 10018
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