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An ISBN or International Standard Book Number is a unique numeric commercial book identifier, re-used by some sites in custom URLs for redirects or searching for books and related data.

IndieWeb Examples


Tantek Çelik marks up read posts with URLs of the form /isbn/########## which redirect to Amazon using which he built.

gRegor Morrill

gRegor Morrill marks up books he wants to read with an ISBN URL that redirects to Open Library using

2023-01-18: I updated the default redirect to go to Open Library instead of Amazon

2017-04-05: Added an ISBN URL that redirects to


ISBN Converter

ISBN barcode generator


History and description

ISBN numbers began use in 1970. Numbers assigned after 2007-01-01 are 13 digits long and known as ISBN-13 while those prior to that date are 10 digits long and known as ISBN-10. Different ISBNs are assigned to each edition and substantial variation of printed books, e-books, and even audio books (except for reprintings when there are no substantive changes) thus a hardback, paperback, .pdf, .mobi (e-book), and .epub (e-book) of the same book should all have different ISBNs.

ISBN-13 numbers are comprised of 5 groups of digits each typically separated by a dash. They indicate, respectively from left to right: Bookland Country Code, Group, Publisher, the specific title, and a check digit.


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