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Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency for ISBN

Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education
Government of India
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Indian ISBN Registration Agency, RRRNA and ISBN

The administration of the ISBN system is carried out on three levels :

  • The International ISBN Agency is appointed by [ISO] as the registration authority for the ISBN system worldwide. The International ISBN Agency is based in London and has appointed different National Agencies in different geographical areas to look after the administration of ISBN in that particular area for which they pay an annual fee to International ISBN Agency.
  • The administration of the ISBN system within a registration group/geographical area is the responsibility of the ISBN registration agency. Accordingly in India, it is done through an ISBN registration agency by name Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency (RRRNA) for ISBN under the Book Promotion Division, Deptt. of Higher Education, Ministry of Education. The ISBN registration agency provides publishers with all the forms and guidance that they need in order to receive ISBNs, in India ISBN is provided free of cost.
  • The publisher is the group, organisation, company or individual who is responsible for initiating the production of a particular publication.
ISBN is beneficial for the publishers as
  • It replaces the handling of long bibliographic descriptive records, thereby saving time and staff costs and reducing copying errors.
  • Correct use of the ISBN allows different product forms and editions of a book, whether printed or digital, to be clearly differentiated, ensuring that customers receive the version that they require.
  • The ISBN facilitates compilation and updating of book-trade directories and bibliographic databases, such as catalogues of books-in-print. Information on available books can be found easily.
  • Ordering and distribution of books is mainly executed by ISBN; this is a fast and efficient method.
  • Publishers, booksellers, libraries and others in the book industry use ISBNs to identify publications and determine the publishing country
Some examples of types of monographic publications eligible for ISBN are
  • Printed books and pamphlets (and their various product forms)
  • Braille publications
  • Publications that are not intended by the publisher to be updated regularly or continued indefinitely
  • Audiobooks (talking books) either on a physical carrier or accessible on the Internet for download or streaming
  • Digital publications (e-books) either on physical carriers (such as machine-readable tapes, diskettes, or CD-ROMs) or on the Internet (for download or streaming)
  • Digitised copies of printed monographic publications that are available in the supply chain
  • Microform publications
  • Educational or instructional software, films, videos, DVDs, transparencies either on a physical carrier or accessible on the Internet for download or streaming
  • Mixed media publications where the principal constituent is text-based, e.g. book with CD or book with DVD
  • Individual articles* or issues of a particular continuing resource where these are made available separately (but not the continuing resource in its entirety)
  • Art books and illustrated books with a title page and/or text or captions
  • e-book apps provided that they have a significant textual content and can be considered a monographic publication and are available to the public. Pictures, moving image and sound may be included
  • Maps and atlases
Some examples of the types of materials NOT eligible for ISBN are
  • Continuing resources treated in their entirety as bibliographic entities (individual issues may qualify for ISBNs)
  • Abstract entities such as textual works and other abstract creations of intellectual or artistic content
  • Printed or digital materials that are intended for marketing or promotional purposes only such as advertising matter, widgets and the like
  • Printed music
  • Art prints and art folders without title page and text
  • Personal documents (such as a digital curriculum vitae or personal profile)
  • Greetings cards
  • Music sound recordings
  • Software, films, videos, DVDs or transparencies that are intended for any purpose other than educational or instructional
  • Digital bulletin boards
  • Emails and other digital correspondence
  • Games
  • Customized or personalised books not intended for general availability
  • License key vouchers to access digital monographic publications on the Internet