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The History and Evolution of the ISBN System

Book Publishing Industry By May 3, 2023 Tags: , ,

Voracious readers know that every book has one thing in common. No matter what genre, length, publisher, or art that adorns its cover, every book has an ISBN. That is, provided it was printed after 1970.

You’ve likely noticed a barcode with a serial number on the back of the book you’re reading. It’s easy to think that this is just for the cashier at your local bookstore to swipe, but it’s so much more than that—it’s an ISBN!

The Big Five Publishers: Blocked Merger

Book Publishing Industry By May 2, 2023 Tags: , , ,

The Big Five Publishers

US Government Pulled the Plug on Big Five Merger

Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster were about to shrink the “Big Five” of publishing to the “Big Four”. However, the US Department of Justice had an objection to those plans. As is sometimes the way with government agencies, the objection turned into the merger being blocked.

Data Cleanup for Synopsis

Product News & Updates By November 2, 2021 Tags:

Data Cleanup for Synopsis

We invest a lot of effort ISBNdb into improving the quality of our book data and overall user experience. As part of this process, we have removed the “synopsis” and “overview” data points, and replaced them with a single, more comprehensive data point called “Synopsis”. This change not only eliminates redundancies in the data but also makes it cleaner and more user-friendly.