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16th-Sep-2009 12:34 am
Question: What does the "978" found at the beginning of ISBNs stand for?

Answer: It stands for "Bookland." Yes indeedy, up until 2007, books were their own country.

16th-Sep-2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Awesome, I want to move there ^~
So after 2007, "978" isn't in the ISBNs anymore.
16th-Sep-2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Actually, it's that after 2007, it became a permanent part of the ISBN. Prior to that, it was a prefix that stood for "Bookland."

When they run out of 978 ISBNs, they'll move onto 979. ^_^
16th-Sep-2009 05:29 am (UTC) - Thanks
I've always wondered about ISBN. I'm assuming that 978 was randomly selected?
16th-Sep-2009 08:28 am (UTC) - Re: Thanks
No clue. ^^;;;;

But if you're interested in the story of ISBNs, check out The Late Age of Print by Ted Striphas.
16th-Sep-2009 03:44 pm (UTC) - Re: Thanks
Thanks for the title. I'll check it out.
16th-Sep-2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Neat! Thanks for posting this!
16th-Sep-2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Do they accept immigration to that country? XD
16th-Sep-2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Sadly, its only contact with the outside world is the commodities it manufactures for export.
17th-Sep-2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
All the cool countries are like that.
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