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December 2005
by Angela Bole

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Small and midsized publishers
preparing for the January 1, 2007, transition to a 13-digit ISBN now have a
comprehensive and uniform way to track their internal progress, share news of
progress with trading partners across the industry, and compare their readiness
with that of other publishers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and POS


Launched September 1, 2005, the
new ISBN-13 Readiness Directory is now available at the Book Industry Study
Group Web site,
It was created to help manage the complex internal and external coordination
efforts required for a successful transition to ISBN-13. Your company’s
transition may be in good order, but since you can’t assume that all your
trading partners’ plans will fall into line, working in conjunction with them
through the ISBN-13 Readiness Directory is the best way to make the transition
efficient overall.


To take advantage of the ISBN-13
Readiness Directory, all you have to do is complete one of three tailored
readiness surveys developed by BISG’s ISBN-13 Task Force. The surveys serve
both as checklists of tasks to complete to become ISBN-13 compliant and as
sources of information about whether companies you interact with have completed
these tasks and, if not, when they plan to do so.


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