Beat Barblan

ISBN: A History

The following is adapted from an article by Stella Griffiths, Executive Director of the International ISBN Agency and Chair of ISO/TC46/SC9, that first appeared on ISQ (Information Standard Quarterly), a NISO (National Information Standards Organization) publication, in September 2015. The original article can be found at ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is an international standard first published under the auspices of ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) in 1972. Right from the introduction of the very earliest audiobooks, microforms, and CD-ROMs, ISBN has not been a standard only for printed materials, though of course, print will always be important.

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