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ISBN

An ISBN barcode is a variant of EAN-13 that is used to identify books.

Also known as: ISBN-13, International Standard Book Number, Bookland EAN-13.

Variants:

  • ISBN-10 is a legacy format that was depreciated for public use after 1st January 2007.

Standards: ISO 2108, ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications.

Data and Options

  • The data should contain twelve or thirteen digits separated appropriately by dash characters -.
  • The data can also be provided in legacy ISBN-10 format as nine or ten digits separated appropriately by dash characters -. This will be automatically upgraded to the ISBN-13 format.
  • If the last digit of the primary data is not given then the ISBN check digit is calculated automatically.
  • The legacy option prevents ISBN-10 input from being upgraded to ISBN-13 and will result in a symbol that is obsolete and should not be used at point of sale.
  • The primary data can optionally be followed by a space then two or five digits if an EAN-2 or EAN-5 add-on is required.
  • The includetext option should normally be supplied.
  • The guardwhitespace option enables the display of white space guard marks.
  • The following options are also relevant to this barcode symbology:
    • isbntextfont: Font name for text above symbol
    • isbntextsize: Font size for the text above symbol, in points
    • isbntextxoffset: Horizontal position of ISBN text, in points
    • isbntextyoffset: Vertical position of ISBN text, in points

Example ISBN

Identical symbols, input provided with and without an ISBN check digit:

0 0 moveto (978-1-873671-00-9) (includetext)
/isbn /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec
0 0 moveto (978-1-873671-00) (includetext)
/isbn /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec

An ISBN with a five-digit add-on:

0 0 moveto (978-1-873671-00-9 54499) (includetext guardwhitespace)
/isbn /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec

The following ISBN-10 input will be automatically upgraded to a valid ISBN-13 symbol:

0 0 moveto (1-86074-271-2) (includetext)
/isbn /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec
0 0 moveto (1-86074-271) (includetext)
/isbn /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec

Example ISBN-10

Note that ISBN-10 is legacy format not for use at P.O.S.

The following will generate an obsolete ISBN-10 symbol:

0 0 moveto (1-86074-271-8) (legacy includetext guardwhitespace)
/isbn /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec
0 0 moveto (1-86074-271) (legacy includetext guardwhitespace)
/isbn /uk.co.terryburton.bwipp findresource exec

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