An ISBN, or International Standard Book Number, is a unique 10- or 13-digit number assigned to every published book. An ISBN identifies a title’s binding, edition, and publisher. It is published by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization. ISO publish over 19,500 different international standards that are used in a very wide range of areas of technology and business globally.

International Standards are documents that help to ensure that products and services are created and used safely, efficiently and effectively by establishing the requirements and specifications which should be consistently applied in each case. The International Standard for ISBN is available for a fee direct from ISO.

ISBN barcode
source: international ISBN agency 


The initial ISBN identification format was devised in 1967, based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering (SBN) created in 1966. The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO 2108
(the 9-digit SBN code can be converted to a 10-digit ISBN by prefixing it with a zero digit '0').



An ISBN number is an international number system to catalogue books. By means of this, books can be distinguished from each other. An ISBN number does not grant copyright protection. The copyright protection  is created the moment you create your work.

Privately published books sometimes appear without an ISBN. The International ISBN Agency sometimes assigns such books ISBNs on its own initiative.

Another identifier, the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), identifies periodical publications such as magazines and newspapers.
The International Standard Music Number (ISMN) covers musical scores

How to register an ISBN in Sint Maarten?

BIP SXM currently does not offer this service.

You can register your ISBN via BIP Curacao or any other intellectual property bureau that offers this service according to their legislation. If you have a publisher, you might be able to register your ISBN via them.