The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) reported recently on the state of preparedness within the the publishing industry toward the upcoming worldwide switch from 10-digit ISBNs to 13 digits:
"With less than two months to go until January 1, 2007 – the sunset date for ISBN-10…most of the ISBN agencies reported having had success reaching larger publishers, distributors, wholesalers and booksellers with their ISBN-13 education programs. Less positively, no country…expressed much confidence that the long tail of smaller companies had made sufficient preparation for the transition."
To receive the bulletin in full, prepared in response to this year’s meeting of national ISBN agencies; held in Paris on November 5-6 and hosted jointly by UNESCO and AFNIL (the French ISBN Agency), contact Angela Bole at .
Other, recent BISG bulletins are available online here.
For general information about the switch to ISBN-13 including quick facts, answers to FAQ’s, guidelines on book ordering and labeling, and the ISBN-13 Readiness Directory (A list of results from publishers, book manufacturers, POS vendors, and retailers participating in the ‘ISBN-13 Readiness Survey’) click here.