Introduction to ISBN and ISSN
International Standard Book Number) refers to international standard number for
ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) refers
to international standard number for serial publications.
A present of
these two numbers means the publication has been registered in international ISBN
or ISSN organization, and the publication has met the international standard.
The background information of the publication can be obtained through checking
with the numbers, and therefore the confidence the readers have for the publisher
can be reinforced.
Application of ISBN
Applicable Range of
10 book numbers can be acquired for one ISBN application. They are
applicable for books, brochures, microcopies, educational TV programs or movies,
mixed-media publications, microcomputer software, maps and electronic publications.
Needed for ISBN Application :
1. Copies of business registration certificate
of approved Hong Kong publisher registered and copies of applicant's identity
card or passport;
2. Valid address in Hong Kong;
3. 5 to 7 copies of the
book must be submitted to concerned authorities for filing and registration after
it is published.
The period of time required for ISBN application :
approximately 7 working days.
Application of ISSN
Applicable range of ISSN :
one international standard serial number can be acquired
in one ISSN application, applicable for newspapers and magazines.
Needed for ISSN Application :
1. Copies of applicant's identity card
or passport, and business registration certificates are required for corporate
2. Front and back covers, as well as the page of the content table
of the publication to be printed;
3. 3 to 4 copies of the publication must
be submitted to concerned authorities for filing after it is published.
period of time required for ISSN application :
approximately 18 working