Universal abbreviation for international standard book number, a ten digit unique identifier for each title published, which is used in a wide range of applications in all stages of the supply chain throughout the world. The number Ð made up of a language prefix (0 or 1 for the english language), followed by a publisher prefix, then a number relating to the individual title, and finally a check digit (used to validate the remainder of the code) Ð is customarily encoded in a bar code printed on the back of the book and normally appears also in the bibliographical details on the reverse of the title-page. The issuing agency for isbns in the united kingdom is managed by whitaker.

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