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Book Identification in Pre-ISBN Era

Book Publishing Industry By May 22, 2023 Tags: , , ,

Book Identification in Pre-ISBN Era

We are used to searching by ISBN as the easiest way to find book data. However, ISBN is a relatively new book identification method, widely adopted in the 1970s.

When Johannes Gutenberg produced the first printed book in the fifteenth century, he probably wasn’t too concerned about book identification – his printed books never carried even his name or publishing date. That wasn’t a big deal because the book industry was in its infancy, and few books were published back in the day.

The ISBN System: The History and Evolution of ISBN Number

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.