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How to Access Book Information via ISBN: Book Databases Overview

All about books, Book arbitrage By May 18, 2022 Last Updated on August 11, 2022 by Crystal Koenig Tags: , , , No Comments

If you need to pull up book data for millions of books (e.g., from the standard information book title, author, and cover art to less conventional data such as book reviews and price info), where can you get it? By accessing a book database, obviously. In this article, we’ll review and analyze the most popular book databases (both paid and free) with relatively open APIs that can help you retrieve book information by ISBN.

ISBN Prefix 979 Explained

All about books By April 19, 2022 Last Updated on August 11, 2022 by Crystal Koenig Tags: , , No Comments

The U.S. ISBN Agency has been assigning the 978 prefix to 13-digit ISBNs since 2007. In the previous article, we’ve explained the difference between 10- and 13-digit ISBNs and how both systems could be contained with the help of the 978 prefix. However, blocks of ISBN-13s built on existing ISBN-10s are exhausted. Therefore, the U.S. ISBN Agency has begun assigning ISBNs starting with the prefix element 979.

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

All about books By May 15, 2010 Last Updated on June 27, 2022 by Olivia Smith Tags: No Comments

What is it for, and where did it come from?

W. H. Smith, who was the largest single book retailer in Great Britain, became computerized and wanted a standard numbering system for all the books it carried. They constructed the Standard Book Numbering system (SBN), which was introduced in 1967. In 1970 the ISO, International Organization for Standardization, which consisted of several countries, adopted this standard system. It evolved into the ISBN numbering system and is now the standard in approximately 150 countries.

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