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"BOOKLAND" SYMBOLOGY

See Also:    UPC-A    EAN-13    EAN-8    Bookland    UPC 2-Digit Supplement    UPC 5-Digit Supplement    Symbology Index



Quick Links: Background    Converting ISBN to Bookland    Encoding


BOOKLAND BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The "Bookland" barcode is really an EAN-13 barcode that follows a specific format and is used exclusively with books.

CONVERTING ISBN TO BOOKLAND

The "Bookland" code is an EAN-13 barcode with a number system of 978. The rest of the barcode is formulated by removing the last digit from the book's ISBN number (which is the ISBN check digit), appending the resulting code to the number system, and adding the appropriate EAN13 check digit.

For example, if the ISBN of a book is "968-26-1240-3", we would drop the final ISBN check digit (3) as well as the embedded hyphens to obtain the value "968261240". We'd append that to the number system 978 to arrive at the number "978968261240". Finally, we'd compute the EAN-13 checksum digit (which turns out to be 4). The complete Bookland code, therefore, would be "9789682612404".

ENCODING

Since a Bookland barcode is really an EAN-13 barcode, once the Bookland code has been calculated as described above, it is simply encoded using the standard EAN-13 Encoding Method.
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