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ISBN: International Standard Book Number

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is an unique number of 10 digit (if it is assigned before 2007) or 13 digits (if it is assigned after 2006) assigned to identify a specific edition of a book or other monographic publication issued by a given publisher, under a system recommended for international use by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1969 and introduced by International ISBN Agency in 1970. Each ISBN consists of 5 elements-Prefix element (3 digit), Registration group element, Registrant element, Publication element and Check digit. It is calculated using a Modulus 10 system with alternate weights of 1 and 3. In India, Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency for ISBN is responsible for allocating the ISBN.


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