ISBN Services for New Publishers

The UK ISBN Agency provides the following services for new publishers:

  • Provision of advice concerning the ISBN system
  • Allocation of ISBN publisher prefixes and numbers to eligible publishers based in the UK or Republic of Ireland
  • Registration of new publishers and their ISBN prefixes for inclusion in the Publishers International ISBN Directory and the Nielsen Book’s Publisher Database.


Completed Application Forms

Completed application forms for ISBN prefixes and numbers should be completed and emailed to the agency (using the fax or post will obviously add delay to the process). ISBN allocations are issued to you by email unless you request them to be posted.

The standard processing time for an ISBN prefix application is 10 working days from receipt of the application form; this assumes the application form is legible, fully and correctly completed, and is accompanied by the correct fee. Payment can be made via Visa / MasterCard or cheque.

For an additional fee, applications can be "fast-tracked", in which case the processing time is reduced from 10 working days to 3 working days. We have also introduced a Super Fast Track same day service for applications received before 13.00.

The following services are available to new publishers, i.e. persons or organisations who have not previously been allocated ISBN prefixes in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

 

Service Description Gross Price Including VAT at 20% in £
ISBN Prefix for 10 numbers Publisher registration, allocation of ISBN prefix plus a list of all 10 associated ISBNs. The list is issued by email or can be posted if required, at no extra fee. £144.00
ISBN Prefix for 100 numbers Publisher registration, allocation of ISBN prefix plus a list of all 100 associated ISBNs. The list is issued by email or if required, can be posted for an extra fee. £342.00
ISBN Prefix for 1,000 numbers Publisher registration, allocation of ISBN prefix plus a list of all 1,000 associated ISBNs. The list is issued by email or if required, can be posted for an extra fee. £924.00
Fast-track Processing Processing time (from receipt of legible, fully and correctly completed application form with correct payment to issuing of ISBN prefix and numbers) is reduced from 10 working days to 3 working days.

 

£72.00

Printing and Posting of ISBN Allocation Additional fee payable for allocations of 100 or 1,000 ISBNs when issued by post. £36.00

 

Download an application form and guidance notes by clicking on the links below; completed forms should be scanned and emailed to isbn.agency@nielsen.com, faxed to +44 (0)1483 712 214 or posted to the address on the form:
 

ISBN First-prefix Order-form and price list
- this form is now editable using Adobe Reader

ISBN guidance-notes

Nielsen BookNet Online Order Collection service,  to find our more about how you can receive your book orders online if your self-distribute

If you have any difficulty using the form, the agency can be contacted via the above email address or by telephone on +44 (0)1483 712 215.

Please Note: Any payment which fails to be honoured by your bank may lead to the cancellation of your ISBN prefix allocation and deletion of any associated publications already registered on Nielsen Book's bibliographic database.

We have produced a simple flow chart to explain how the ISBN Agency (part of Nielsen) works with Nielsen's data collection service and what happens to that information.  New Publisher Guide

For further information (FAQs) click here,