ISBN-13 and ‘979’ prefix

Ridiculous claim from BISG (click title of this blog to link to the Publishers Weekly article) that publishers accidentally supplying ISBN-13 using the ‘979’ rather than the ‘978’ prefix is all the fault of the software vendors for ‘erroneously’ allowing them that option.

Basically, ‘979’ is the prefix that is to be used when all the ‘978’ prefixes have been used up. We allow this to be selected in our software as we have an eye to the future and our software of course has to last for many years. So, it is not erroneous and we can’t be held responsible if publishers select it wrongly.



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