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ISBN Book Barcodes


If you have an ISBN for your book, you can purchase the barcode images for your number below.

If you don’t have an ISBN, please get one from the South African National Library first.

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The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) is the official ISBN agency for South Africa. To apply for an ISBN from the NLSA, you must be a South African author or publisher. The application process is straightforward and can be completed online. Once your application has been processed, you will be assigned an ISBN free of charge. Then, revisit our website to order the ISBN barcode for the ISBN assigned to your publication. Add to the cart, then go to the checkout. The checkout page has a box to enter your ISBN number.

ISBN barcodes can be used worldwide.

  • ISBN barcodeISBN Barcode Images (for Books)

    Select the quantity you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout. Then enter your ISBN number into the “ISBN number” section of the checkout page.

    Your images will then be emailed to you straight away in 5 formats: jpeg, eps, tiff, bmp, pdf. Download Sample ISBN Barcode Images (zip file).

    Quantity Price per image
    1 R 160
    2 R 140 each
    3 R 110 each
    4 + R 80 each
    10 + R 40 each
    20 + R 25 each
    50 + R 12 each

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Sample ISBN Barcode:

Download Sample ISBN Barcode Images (zip file)

You will receive your ISBN barcode images straight away by email (in 5 different formats).

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Below are some books that are using our ISBN barcode images:

ISBN Book Barcodes examples

Need help?

Here are some common questions:

An ISBN is 13 digit unique identifier number assigned to books and other print, electronic, or multimedia publications. It is used for printed books and pamphlets containing more than four pages of text, maps, e-books, pdfs, Braille publications and audio books.

Each country has its own designated organisation that controls the distribution of ISBNs. The organisation for South Africa can be found here

you will need a different barcode number and image for each separate publication. this includes different formats of the same book for example if you were publishing a paperback and an eBook you would need a different number for each.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Take a look at our answers to common questions.

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