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At Baker & Taylor, we are pleased to be part of the industry movement to expand the ISBN in preparation for the ongoing growth in the publishing industry. Be assured that B&T is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure that all of our systems and processes are capable of accommodating both the ISBN 10 and the ISBN 13 to minimize the impact of these changes on our customers to the best of our ability.

We have gathered a couple of important links and documents to help you with this transition.

Important Links:
Bowker ISBN Information
Book Industry Study Group
    ISBN-13 FAQ
International ISBN Agency
    ISBN Revision Information
    Guidelines for Implementing 13-Digit ISBNs
Library of Congress
    Library of Congress Plan to Accomodate 13-Digit ISBN
ISBN Converter
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10 Digit ISBN:
13 Digit ISBN:
    Any ISBN-13 prefixed with '978' can be converted to an ISBN-10.
    There is no ISBN-10 equivalent, however, for an ISBN-13 beginning with '979'.
ISBN-13 for Dummies
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Q: When will B&T be ready to accept ISBN13s in an EDI order?
  Now. B&T?s systems are ISBN-13 compatible; however, please contact Information Services prior to placing your first ISBN-13 order so that we can ensure that the order is successful. Once you place your first order, make sure to check that 13-digit ISBN?s are handled correctly by your local system.
Q: What do I need to do on Title Source 3 to use 13-Digit ISBN's?
  Nothing, unless you use the ISBN Lookup or download marc-tagged records.

If you use ISBN lookup, you can login under the ADMIN ID and click ADMIN, ISBN Lookup Setup. Click the radio button to the left of ?Both ISBN and ISBN-10?. This allows you to check your catalog for either type of ISBN.

If you download marc tagged records, you can login under ADMIN and click ADMIN, MARC Profile List. Click on the name of the marc profile(s) you wish to edit. Under GENERAL Info, uncheck the ?Replace ISBN 13 with 10 in 020 tag?. Press UPDATE and then Close Window. If that does not work, you need to also click on Marc Tag Customization. Where it says to add 020a, be sure to change from ISBN 10 to ISBN 13.
Q: Can l search the B&T web sites by ISBN-13?
  All of Baker & Taylor web sites have been updated to search on the ISBN-10 and the ISBN-13.
Q: Will both the ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 displayed on B&T's web sites?
  All of Baker & Taylor web sites have been updated to display both the ISBN-10 and the ISBN-13.
Q: Will the ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 both displayed on printed products such as status reports, notification slips, and invoices?
  Printed reports provided through any of Baker & Taylor’s web sites will have both the ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 shown. Baker & Taylor also provides a variety of file formats that can be downloaded from our web sites. All of these formats will include both the ISBN-10 and ISBN-13.
Q: When must I begin sending orders with ISBN-13s?
  Baker & Taylor will continue to accept ISBN-10 orders until the market determines that it is no longer necessary. Please be aware that products with an ISBN-13 that begins with the prefix 979 do not have equivalent ISBN-10s. It may not be possible to order these titles using a non-ISBN-13 compliant system.
Q: Will there be any changes to electronic invoicing?
  Baker & Taylor will provide the same ISBN format in the electronic invoice that was provided in the original electronic order. If your electronic purchase order is using ISBN-10 the electronic invoice will also contain ISBN-10. ISBN-13 order lines will receive an ISBN-13 invoice line.
Q: Will I need to make any changes for Content Cafe to work with our automation system?
  Content Café is just a source of data and relies on the requesting system to format a request for data correctly. We are in the process of completing the testing of Content Café 2. Content Café 2 has been enhanced to determine whether an ISBN-10, ISBN-13 or a UPC has been passed in the request for data and returns the appropriate information. Content Café 2 also provides additional data elements like author biographies and publisher summaries.
Q: Will I still be able to order with my DOS-based B&T Link?
  Baker & Taylor will continue to accept orders created by the DOS version of B&T Link. Please be aware that there are no current plans to make this application ISBN-13 compliant.
Q: Will older books have a 13-digit ISBN?
  Baker & Taylor is not responsible for the assignment of the ISBN-10 or the ISBN-13. We have how ever taken the effort to assign an industry accepted ISBN-13 equivalent to all of the titles in our database.
Q: Can I still send BISAC orders to B&T?
  Baker & Taylor will continue to accept BISAC orders for as long as our customers believe it is necessary. We strongly encourage all our customers to talk with their system vendors about moving to an ISBN-13 compliant system as quickly as feasible.
Q: How does ISBN-13 impact our ordering of music, movie and games?
  An ISBN-13 has been assigned to all music, movie and game titles carried by Baker & Taylor. You will be able to continue to order these titles using either ISBN-10 or ISBN-13.
Q: Will there be any changes to cataloging records or other MARC records you supply?
  For records created and supplied by Baker & Taylor, the only change resulting from the expansion of the ISBN from 10 to 13 digits will be with the variable data populating the 020 (International Standard Book Number) field. The Library of Congress, after consulting with users of the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data, began accommodating ISBN-13 on October 1, 2004. For CIP and other bibliographic records created after October 1, 2004 and before January 1, 2007, LC groups pairs of ISBN 13 and ISBN 10 for the same item in repeatable 020 fields. The ISBN-13 is provided first, then the ISBN-10. For example:

    020 $a9781873671009
    020 $a1873671008

Each pair of ISBNs is qualified as needed, with the pair related to the item being described by the cataloging record provided first. For example:

    020 $a9780816052334 (hc : set : alk. paper)
    020 $a0816052336 (hc : set : alk. paper)

    020 $a9780816052343 (hc : v. 1 : alk. paper)
    020 $a0816052344 (hc : v. 1 : alk. paper)

Beginning January 1, 2007 publishers will supply only ISBN 13.

Baker & Taylor follows the national standard and LC’s lead in accommodating ISBN-13 and ISBN-10. Both the 13- and 10-digit ISBNs will be output on card and machine-readable cataloging records. You will begin to see ISBN-13s in MARC from Baker & Taylor in mid 2006.

Q: I still have questions concerning ISBN-13. Who can I contact for help?
  Please address any questions or concerns regarding ISBN-13 to the following:

    Customers – Information Services

    Vendors – Publisher Services
  Last Updated: November 28, 2006