What is ISBN Number
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, a unique code that can be assigned to a book. While an ISBN is not required to publish a book, it is a good idea to get one for your book, specially if you want to sell it through standard book distribution channel.
ISBNs are allotted to publishers/ self publishers in blocks by a organization in each country. Getting an ISBN in India is free and it is allotted by Raja Rammohan Roy National Agency for ISBN.
How to obtain an ISBN Number
Download the application form for ISBN Registration from,
Fill the application with the necessary information. Please look at the sample application I have shown here. Take a copy of the ID proof of the applicant or a copy of the bank statement of the organization.
Post the filled application together with
1. ID Proof/Current Account Statement/ Request from Head of Institution (Based on the type of application as per written in the form)
2. Self addressed envelope duly affixed with postage stamp of Rs. 17 for Delhi NCR and Rs. 39 for rest of the country for speed post.
Post the above as an ordinary mail to
Raja Ram Mohun Roy ISBN Agency
Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Room Number13, Jeevan Deep Building
4th Floor, Parliament Street, New Delhi, India
Old Address (Only for reference and not to be used)
Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency for ISBN,
Government of India,
Ministry of Human Resource Development,
Department of higher Education,
West Block 1, Wing 6 , 2nd Floor,
Sector 1 , RK Puram,
New Delhi PIN 110066.
Wait patiently for two months. If you are eligible for an ISBN number you will receive a response letter, with a list of ISBNs allotted to you. When you apply for the first time, you will be allocated 10 ISBN Numbers.
Registering a book with ISBN
After allocation of a block of ISBN number, you must register the books with its ISBN.
Fill the log book (sent by agency/ the second page of the reply from agency) with the list of titles and its bibliographic information.
Attach a copy of the book or its jacket. Post it as an ordinary mail to the agency.
PB stands for ‘PaperBack’ cover and HB stands for ‘HardBound’ cover.
ED stands for ‘Edition’
SUB Stands or ‘Subject’
As far as ebook is concerned you can very well use the same ISBN for the hard copy to ebook format, but it is suggested to use a different one to avoid anomaly.