ISBN – Barcodes for Books

The standard retail EAN-13 & UPC-A Barcode numbers we supply are not suited for Books.

Books require an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) using a range of numbers reserved especially for print publications.

To obtain an ISBN for your publication in Malaysia you can apply at the National Library of Malaysia.  Visit

Once you have your ISBN number you’ll need to have an image of the ISBN generated as an EAN-13 code. This is so you can include the barcode on your book’s cover artwork file. Properly formatted ISBN 13 images display the human readable text above and below the code.  We can assist you with generating correctly formatted ISBN code images for your publication.  Simply email us at with your ISBN number and we can arrange a quote and Special Order.

Example of an ISBN barcode image supplied by Barcode Savers. JPEG format at 600 DPI.

For serial publications such as Magazines and Journals an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is required.