How to Get ISBN

Subject: How to Get ISBN
From: Harold Snyder <ENSNYDER -at- ECUVM1 -dot- BITNET>
Date: Mon, 22 May 1995 10:02:34 EDT

On Fri, 19 May 1995 20:22:18 GMT, John Overbaugh responded to a post by Chris
Battle, who had asked for help on requesting an ISBN for a freelance project
he was working. John's post suggested that Lisa was really looking for an
ISDN, and that she should start by contacting the local phone company.

On Sat, 20 May 1995 23:57:00 -0600, Arlen seemed to agree with John (that
what Lisa--or Chris--was looking for was an ISDN hook-up).

Just on the perchance that the inquiry really was about ISBN (International
Standard Book Numbers), I think ISBNs are assigned by the Library of Congress
--at least Glenda Neff (in _The Writer's Essential Desk Reference_, 1991,
p. 308) says that the Canadian ISBN at the National Library of Canada is the
place to contact in Canada. It's my understanding that you can apply for an
advance ISBN, or you can wait for the Library of Congress to assign one when
you submit a manuscript for copyright. Neff (on p. 207) suggests "applying
for an ISBN code" but doesn't explain how.

The only contact that I know of with the U. S. Copyright Office is Ed
Rogers (erog -at- loc -dot- gov). He may can get you a better e-mail address.

Good luck,


+ Hal Snyder, Professor of English | Technical Editing; Business, +
+ Dept. of English (GCB 2115) | Scientific, and Technical Writing +
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