From the ISBN team

Advice from the ISBN team

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Who should apply for an ISBN?

It is always the publisher of the book who should apply for the ISBN. For the purposes of the ISBN, the publisher is the group, organisation, company or individual who is responsible for initiating the production of a publication. Normally, it is also the person or body who bears the cost and financial risk in making a product available. It is not normally the printer, but it can be the author of the book if the author has chosen to publish their book themselves.

For more information, contact the Australian ISBN agency on (03) 8517-8349 during business hours or email

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