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How to determine your book's EAN

by Wendy J. Woudstra   

 
 


As long as you know the retail price and ISBN of your book, determining the European Article Number, including the five digit price code, is a simple calculation

Difficulty Level: average      Time Required: 30 minutes

What You'll Need:

  • ISBN Number
  • Calculator

  • Here's How:
    1. Make sure you have an ISBN number and retail price for each edition you need an EAN for.
    2. The first three digits of your EAN will always be the Bookland Country Code: 978
    3. Remove the check digits from your ISBN (the numbers after the last hyphen) and add rest of your ISBN number to the country code without the hyphens. Now your code just needs a check digit.
    4. To calculate the check digit, multiply the first digit of the number so far by one (9x1) the second digit by three (7x3), the third by one, the fourth by three and so on till you reach the last digit.
    5. Add together the values of each position.
    6. Subtract that sum from the next highest multiple of ten to find the check digit. If the accumulated sum is 57, you would subtract 57 from 60 for a check digit of 3.
    7. The resulting number is the last digit of the main portion of your EAN.
    8. The main part of your EAN will often be followed by a five digit price code.
    9. The first of the five digits is the currency code. The number 5 signifies U.S. dollars, 4 is for Canadian dollars, and 0 is for British Pounds.
    10. The remaining four digits is the price of the book multiplied by 100. A book priced at $10.95 U.S. would have a price code of 51095.
    11. If your book has no suggested retail price, use 90000 as the price code.
    12. You can use the EAN you\'ve calculated when filling out forms for online booksellers and book distributors, even if you don\'t have a barcode made up.

    Tips and Tricks:
    • While other products identified by EANs use a different code for each country, all books are said to come from the country of Bookland, which uses code 978.
    • The Bookland EAN can be used on books, video cassettes, audio cassettes and software.


    by Wendy Woudstra