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What is an ISBN?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. 

  • Every book has an ISBN and each version of a book has a different ISBN 
  • Paperback and hardcover copies of the same book will have different ISBNs
  • Different editions of books also have different ISBNs
  • Use the ISBN to search for books, but also try to search the author or title if you can't find what you want.

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