The International ISBN Agency is Moving!

After more than 30 years the International ISBN Agency is on the move. The international agency, which provides support and information to more than 160 ISBN agencies around the world, is leaving its long-term home at the State Library of Berlin. The move follows a decision by the Prussian Cultural Foundation to discontinue its support for the agency.

The agency's new home will be London. From April this year EDItEUR, the international body that develops and promotes book trade standards, will take over responsibility for the day-to-day running of the agency. Announcing the new arrangements Michael Healy, Editorial Director of Nielsen BookData and Vice-Chairman of the International ISBN Agency, said: "The ISBN has been supported very generously by the Berlin State Library over many years and under their careful stewardship the ISBN has become an indispensable part of the book trade. Nevertheless, I am very confident that under EDItEUR and Brian Green, that tradition of support will continue into the future".

Brian Green, who will be the new Executive Director of the International ISBN Agency from April, commented "With the imminent arrival of the 13-digit ISBN and the increased use of ISBNs for digital publication, this is an exciting and critical time to be taking on the management of the International ISBN Agency. We look forward to providing guidance and support to the 160 national agencies and their users."

The changes do not affect the ISBN agency for the UK and Ireland which continues to be operated by Nielsen BookData from its office in Woking, Surrey (


EDItEUR is the international group coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book and serials industries. EDItEUR provides its international membership with research, standards and guidance in such diverse areas as:

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