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FAQs: International Issues

If a publisher is selling their books in another country, does the publisher have to get an ISBN for that country?
If an ISBN is assigned in another country, does a US ISBN have to be gotten to sell the book in the US?
Can a US fulfillment house assign an ISBN to a book with an ISBN assigned by another ISBN Agency in another country?


If a publisher is selling their books in another country, does the publisher have to get an ISBN for that country?
No, all ISBNs are international. They are merely assigned locally.


If an ISBN is assigned in another country, does a US ISBN have to be gotten to sell the book in the US?
No. All ISBNs are international. There is no such thing as a US ISBN. ISBNs are international, but assigned locally.


Can a US fulfillment house assign an ISBN to a book with an ISBN assigned by another ISBN Agency in another country?
No. All ISBNs are international. The only times a distributor or fulfillment house can assign an ISBN are a) if the product is sold by a publisher in a country that has no ISBN Agency or b) for internal tracking use only.