List of ISBN identifier groups

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This is a list of ISBN identifier groups, the second element in 13-digit ISBNs (first in 10-digit ones). The identifier is assigned to either mark a publisher's place of business or the language of the books it publishes.

The "original" set of identifiers, assigned prior to the introduction of the ISBN-13 and as such to 978-prefix books, ranges from one to five numerical digits according to the following structure:

0-5, 7
600-649
80-94
950-989
9900-9989
99900-99999

They are assigned in approximate descending order of publishing volume. Because the smaller identifiers have room for lesser numbers of publishers and ISBNs, several countries have had more than one identifier assigned to them. On the other hand, several countries (Australia, the United States, Canada, France, Austria, Switzerland...) have no identifier because they fall in the "language groups".

The structure for the identifiers of the 979- prefix and whether it will have language-specific identifiers is not well known, but 3 identifiers have been assigned (979-10-, to France, 979-11, to Republic of Korea, and 979-12, to Italy). Also, 979-0 has been reserved for the use of International Standard Music Number for sheet music.

Identifiers of the 978- prefix[edit]

Identifier Identifying group Type
(national or language)
ISBN example
(book)
0 English Language ISBN 0-330-28498-3
Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Pan Books (1984)
1 English Language ISBN 1-58182-008-9
James Reasoner, Manassas, Cumberland House (1999)
2 French Language ISBN 2-226-05257-7
Bernard Werber, Les Fourmis, Albin Michel (1991)
3 German Language ISBN 3-7965-1900-8
Marco Jorio (ed.), Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz, Schwabe AG (2002-)
4 Japan National ISBN 4-19-830127-1
Yasuhiro Nightow, トライガン (vol. 1), Tokuma Shoten (1996)
5 Russia and former USSR National ISBN 5-85270-001-0
Советский Энциклопедический Словарь (4th ed.), Сов. энциклопедия (1986)
600 Iran National ISBN 978-600-119-125-1
قطره (2011) ,بهاءالدین خرمشاهی, از این دوراهه منزل
601 Kazakhstan National ISBN 978-601-7151-13-3
Gulnaz Imamniyazova (ed.), The Stock Markets of Russia and Kazakhstan: Prospects for Integration, Eurasian Development Bank (2010)
602 Indonesia National ISBN 978-602-8328-22-7
Dewi Nopianingsih, Masakan Padang, Galangpress (2009)
603 Saudi Arabia National ISBN 978-603-500-045-1
Yusuf AI-Hajj Ahmad, Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence Concerning Muslim Women, Dar-us-Salaam (2009)
604 Vietnam National
605 Turkey National ISBN 605-384-057-2
Muhammed Bozdağ, Düşün ve Başar, Yakamoz (1999)
606 Romania National ISBN 978-606-8126-35-7
Leonard Ancuta, Infernul, Tracus Arte (2011)
607 Mexico National ISBN 978-607-455-035-1
Vidal Medina, Galimatías, Consejo nacional para la cultura y las artes (2008)
608 Macedonia National ISBN 978-608-203-023-4
Blaže Ristovski (ed.), Encyclopaedia Macedonica (vol. 1), Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2009)
609 Lithuania National
611 Thailand National
612 Peru National ISBN 978-612-45165-9-7
Alonso Cueto, La Venganza del silencio, Planeta (2010)
613 Mauritius National[1]
614 Lebanon National ISBN 978-614-404-018-8
Sihām Murḍī, Ma'a sabq al-iṣrār wa-l-taraṣṣud, Mu'assasat al-Intishār al-'Arabī (2010)
615 Hungary National ISBN 978-615-5014-99-4
Lengyel Dávid & Kuba Richárd, Holtak világa: A jóslat, Ad Librum, (2011)
616 Thailand National
617 Ukraine National
618 Greece National
619 Bulgaria National
620 Mauritius National
621 Philippines National
7 China National ISBN 7-301-10299-2
浦薛凤, 西洋近代政治思潮, 北京大学出版社(2007)
80 Czech Republic and Slovakia National ISBN 80-85983-44-3
Kdo byl kdo v našich dějinách ve 20. století (vol. 1), Libri (1998)
81 India National ISBN 81-7215-399-6
Joy Goswami (1995)
82 Norway National ISBN 82-530-0983-6
Pax Leksikon, Pax Forlag (1978-1981)
83 Poland National ISBN 83-08-01587-5
Joanna Siedlecka, Jaśnie Panicz, WL (1987)
84 Spain National ISBN 84-86546-08-7
Adolfo Camilo Díaz, Miénteme, dime la verdá, Azucel (1989)
85 Brazil National ISBN 85-7531-015-1
Claudio Tognolli, A Sociedade dos Chavões, Saő Paulo Escrituras (2001)
86 Serbia (shared) National ISBN 86-341-0846-5
Janko Prunk, Slovenski narodni vzpon, Državna založba Slovenije (1992)
87 Denmark National ISBN 87-595-2277-1
Leif Davidsen, Den serbiske dansker, Lindhardt & Ringhof (1996)
88 Italy National ISBN 88-04-47328-2
Sandrone Dazieri, Attenti al gorilla, Mondadori (1999)
89 Republic of Korea National
90 Netherlands National ISBN 90-5691-187-2
Jan Timman, On the Attack, New In Chess (2006)
91 Sweden National ISBN 91-1-811692-2
Torgny Lindgren, Ormens väg på hälleberget, P.A. Norstedt (1982)
92 International NGO Publishers and EC Organizations N/A ISBN 92-67-10370-9
ISO Standards Handbook: Technical drawings (4th ed., vol. 1), ISO (2002)
93 India National ISBN 93-8011-236-7
Dheera Kitchlu, No Dogs Please!, Serene Woods (2011)
94 Netherlands National ISBN 94-414-0063-3
Surveillance of Drinking Water Quality, WHO (1976)
950 Argentina National ISBN 950-04-0442-7
Abelardo Castillo, El que tiene sed, Emecé (1985)
951 Finland National ISBN 951-0-11369-7
Sinikka Laine, Ohari, WSOY (1982)
952 Finland National ISBN 952-471-294-6
J. Pekka Mäkelä, 391, Like (2004)
953 Croatia National ISBN 953-157-105-8
Višnja Špiljak & Vladimir Ivir (eds.), Englesko-hrvatski poslovni rječnik, Masmedia (2000)
954 Bulgaria National ISBN 954-430-603-X
Ташо В. Ташев, Министрите на България 1879-1999, Академично издателство "Проф.Марин Дринов" (1999)
955 Sri Lanka National ISBN 955-20-3051-X
මාලිංග අමරසිංහ, පොළොන්නරුවේ නටබුන්, S. Godage & Bros (1998)
956 Chile National ISBN 956-7291-48-9
Ursula & Cristina Calderón, Hai Kur Mamashu Shis (Quiero contarte un cuento), Ediciones Kultrún (2005)
957 Taiwan National ISBN 957-01-7429-3
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958 Colombia National ISBN 958-04-6278-X
Karla Suárez, Carroza para actores, Norma (2001)
959 Cuba National ISBN 959-10-0363-3
Lisandro Otero, Llover sobre mojado, Editorial Letras Cubanas (1997)
960 Greece National
961 Slovenia National ISBN 961-6403-23-0
Tomaž Humar, Ni nemogočih poti, Mobitel (2001)
962 Hong Kong National ISBN 962-04-0195-6
潘翎, 上海掌故, Joint Publishing Company (1982)
963 Hungary National ISBN 963-7971-51-3
András Petőcz, A tenger dícsérete, Orpheusz (1994)
964 Iran National ISBN ISBN 964-6194-70-2
Nasrollah Kasraian, Mountains of Iran
965 Israel National ISBN 965-359-002-2
David H. Stern, Messianic Jewish Manifesto',' Jewish New Testament Publications (1988)
966 Ukraine National ISBN 966-95440-5-X;
Владимир Дергачев, Геополитика, ВІРА-Р (2000)
967 Malaysia National ISBN 967-978-753-2
Khoo Kheng-Hor, Are You A Maverick?, Pelanduk Publications (2001)
968 Mexico National ISBN 968-6031-02-2
Natalio Hernández, Xochikoskatl, Kalpulli Editorial (1985)
969 Pakistan National ISBN 969-031-02-2
Natalio Hernández, Xochikoskatl, Kalpulli Editorial (1985)
970 Mexico National ISBN 970-20-0242-7
Lourdes Urrea, Fuera de este mundo, Castillo
971 Philippines National ISBN 971-8845-10-0
Francisco Sionil José, Po-On, Solidaridad (1984)
972 Portugal National ISBN 972-37-0274-6
Miguel Esteves Cardoso, A Causa das Coisas, Assírio & Alvim (1986)
973 Romania National ISBN 973-43-0179-9
Paul Goma, Amnezia la români, Editura Litera (1992)
974 Thailand National ISBN 974-85854-7-6
วินทร์ เลียววาริณ, ประชาธิปไตยบนเส้นขนาน, บริษัท 113 (1994)
975 Turkey National ISBN 975-293-381-5
Türkçe Sevmek: Türkiye'de Yaşayan Yabancı Kadınların Gözüyle Türkler, Doğan Kitap (2005)
976 CARICOM National ISBN 976-640-140-3
Joyce Sparer Adler, Exploring the Palace of the Peacock: Essays on Wilson Harris, University of the West Indies Press (2003)
977 Egypt National ISBN 977-734-520-8
978 Nigeria National ISBN 978-37186-2-2
Jeff Unaegbu, This Lagos Nawa, Prize Publishers (2005)
979 Indonesia National ISBN 979-553-483-1
Toeti Heraty, Nostalgi, transendensi, Gramedia Widiasarana Indonesia (1995)
980 Venezuela National ISBN 980-01-0194-2
Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, La Poesía folklórica de Venezuela Monte Avila (1992)
981 Singapore National ISBN 981-3018-39-9
Dato' Sham Sani (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Malaysia (vol. 1), Archipelago Press (1998)
982 South Pacific National ISBN 982-301-001-3
Anirudh Singh, Silent Warriors, Fiji Institute of Applied Studies (1991)
983 Malaysia National ISBN 983-52-0157-9
Mohaini Mohamed, Great Muslim Mathematicians, Penerbit Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2000)
984 Bangladesh National ISBN 984-458-089-7
নির্মলেন্দু গুণ, আনন্দউদ্যান, সমেয়া প্রকাশনা (1995)
985 Belarus National
986 Taiwan National ISBN 986-417-191-7
黃效文, 自然在心/Nature at heart, Commonwealth Publishing Group (2003)
987 Argentina National ISBN 987-98184-2-3
Claudio Canaparo, Ciencia y escritura, Zibaldone Editores (2003)
988 Hong Kong National ISBN 978-988-00-3827-3
David Bunton, More Common English Errors in Hong Kong, Pearson Education Asia (2011)
989 Portugal National
9926 Bosnia and Herzegovina National
9927 Qatar National
9928 Albania National ISBN 978-9928400529
Idlir Azizi, Terxhuman, Zenit Editions (2010)
9929 Guatemala National ISBN 978-9929801646
Héctor Gaitán A., La Calle: Donde tú vives (vol. 8), Librerías Artemis Edinter (2011)
9930 Costa Rica National ISBN 978-9930943106
Luis Carlos de Rojas Rojas, Cuentos del Bosque, de la Ciudad y del Espacio, Matfacil (2011)
9931 Algeria National
9932 Laos National
9933 Syria National ISBN 978-9933101473
(2010) نزار أباظة ، العربــية لغير أبنائها ، القسم الثاني
9934 Latvia National ISBN 978-9934015960
Žanna Grāfa, Fantastiskas zeķes: Ātri un stilīgi, Zvaigzne ABC (2010)
9935 Iceland National
9936 Afghanistan National
9937 Nepal National
9939 Armenia National
9940 Montenegro National
9941 Georgia National
9942 Ecuador National
9943 Uzbekistan National
9944 Turkey National
9945 Dominican Republic National
9946 North Korea National
9947 Algeria National
9948 United Arab Emirates National
9949 Estonia National
9950 Palestine National
9951 Kosovo National
9952 Azerbaijan National
9953 Lebanon National
9954 Morocco National
9955 Lithuania National
9956 Cameroon National
9957 Jordan National
9958 Bosnia and Herzegovina National
9959 Libya National
9960 Saudi Arabia National
9961 Algeria National
9962 Panama National
9963 Cyprus National
9964 Ghana National
9965 Kazakhstan National
9966 Kenya National
9967 Kyrgyzstan National
9968 Costa Rica National
9970 Uganda National
9971 Singapore National
9972 Peru National
9973 Tunisia National
9974 Uruguay National
9975 Moldova National
9976 Tanzania National
9977 Costa Rica National
9978 Ecuador National
9979 Iceland National
9980 Papua New Guinea National
9981 Morocco National
9982 Zambia National
9983 Gambia National
9984 Latvia National
9985 Estonia National
9986 Lithuania National
9987 Tanzania National
9988 Ghana National
9989 Macedonia National
99901 Bahrain National
99902 Gabon National
99903 Mauritius National
99904 Netherland Antilles, and Aruba National
99905 Bolivia National
99906 Kuwait National
99908 Malawi National
99909 Malta National
99910 Sierra Leone National
99911 Lesotho National
99912 Botswana National
99913 Andorra National
99914 Suriname National
99915 Maldives National
99916 Namibia National
99917 Brunei Darussalam National
99918 Faroe Islands National
99919 Benin National
99920 Andorra National
99921 Qatar National
99922 Guatemala National
99923 El Salvador National
99924 Nicaragua National
99925 Paraguay National
99926 Honduras National
99927 Albania National
99928 Georgia National
99929 Mongolia National
99930 Armenia National
99931 Seychelles National
99932 Malta National
99933 Nepal National
99934 Dominican republic National
99935 Haiti National
99936 Bhutan National
99937 Macau National ISBN 978-99937-1-056-1
Lúcio de Sousa, The Early European Presence in China, Japan, the Philippines and Southeast Asia (1555-1590) - The Life of Bartolomeu Landeiro, Fundação Macau (2010)
99938 Republika Srpska National
99939 Guatemala National
99940 Georgia National
99941 Armenia National
99942 Sudan National
99943 Albania National
99944 Ethiopia National
99945 Namibia National
99946 Nepal National
99947 Tajikistan National
99948 Eritrea National
99949 Mauritius National
99950 Cambodia National
99951 Democratic Republic of Congo National
99952 Mali National
99953 Paraguay National
99954 Bolivia National
99955 Republika Srpska National
99956 Albania National
99957 Malta National
99958 Bahrain National
99959 Luxembourg National
99960 Malawi National
99961 El Salvador National
99962 Mongolia National
99963 Cambodia National
99964 Nicaragua National
99965 Macau National ISBN 978-99965-2-047-1
宋錫祥 Song Xixiang, 莊金鋒 Zhuang Jinfeng et al., "一國兩制"與中國區際民商事司法協助 "One Country, Two Systems" and Regional Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance in China, Instituto Politécnico de Macau (2012)
99966 Kuwait National
99967 Paraguay National
99968 Botswana National
99969 Oman National
99970 Haiti National
99971 Myanmar National
99972 Faroe Islands National
99973 Mongolia National
99974 Bolivia National
99975 Tajikistan National
99976 Republika Srpska National

Countries with several 978- prefixes[edit]

Two prefixes (48)
Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, English, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Ukraine
Three prefixes (15)
Algeria, Armenia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Guatemala, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Paraguay, Republika Srpska, Thailand, Turkey
Four prefixes (2)
Albania, Mauritius

Identifiers of the 979- prefix[edit]

Identifier Identifying group Type
(national or language)
ISBN example
(bibliographic information)
10- France National ISBN 979-10-90636-07-1
Hélène Dubouis, Les Jeunes dans la société, Éditions des Citoyens
11- Republic of Korea National
12- Italy National

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In practice, this group is mostly used by some subsidiaries of VDM Publishing with registered addresses in "Beau-Bassin, Mauritius".

See also[edit]

External links[edit]