[Videolib] ISBNs: the saga continues

Herownword@aol.com
Sat, 22 Apr 2006 15:17:57 EDT

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Thought some of you might be interested in an update on our adventures in
ISBN-land. We went ahead and purchased a large batch of ISBNs, assuming that
of course they would be in the new 13-digit format. But no such luck. They
are all 10-digit format and we must either convert them ourselves, one by one,
which is fairly straightforward but requires time and patience, or pay
Bowker to do so. We naturally called Bowker at once and said we'd much prefer to
be issued the 13-digit numbers in the first place (since they go into effect
January 2007), but were informed that they can't give them out until it's
actually January 2007. Unless, of course, we pay Bowker extra or do the
handwork ourselves. Anyway, we're glad to know that ISBNs are useful to librarians
and media staff, because they're certainly inconvenient to come by. I'm
really hopeful this is the end of our ISBN learning curve, but I'm a little
pessimistic, based on recent experiences...... Jocelyn Riley, HerOwnWords.com and
NontraditionalCareers.com

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