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ISBN Barcode Generator for Windows

Generating ISBN Bar Code in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

  • Easily generate ISBN barcodes in Windows operating systems
  • Easy setup, no registration key, no activation code required
  • Generate high quality ISBN images in JPEG, GIF & PNG formats
  • Generate ISBN barcodes in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
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1. ISBN Barcode Introduction

ISBN is also known as International Standard Book Number, Bookland EAN, ISBN-13, ISBN-10, ISBN+5, ISBN+2, ISBN Supplement 5/Five-digit Add-On, ISBN Supplement 2/Two-digit Add-On

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number - a unique identifier assigned to each edition of every published book and book-like product. The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.

The Components of an ISBN
The ISBN number is 13 digits long and consists of four or five parts:
  • In ISBN, a GS1 Prefix, either 978 or 979
  • The country of origin or language code
  • The publisher number which is assigned by the national ISBN agency
  • The item number
  • The checksum character which ensures that each ISBN is valid, meaning that the number is correct

Add-On or Supplement code
The Add-On Symbols were designed to encode information supplementary to that in the main bar code symbol on periodicals and paperback books. The Add-On can be composed of 2 or 5 digits only. For ISBN barcodes a Five-digit Add-On is usually used for the Retail Suggested Price.

Sample of an ISBN Barcode

Sample of an ISBN Supplement 5 Barcode


2. ISBN Encoding Data Scope

ISBN Barcode Generator supports.
  • 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


3. ISBN Barcode Property Settings

  • Set the Symbology property to ISBN or ISBN Supplement 2 ISBN Supplement 5
  • Set the Data to Encode property with the value to encode.
    12 digits. There are totally 13 digits in ISBN barcode, first 12 digits are barcode value, and last digit is the checksum digit, which is generated by barcode library automatically.
    Valid data should be started with "978" or "979".
  • Setting up barcode image size:
    • Set property UOM (Unit of Measure) for properties BarWidth, BarHeight, LeftMargin and TopMargin.
      Default is UnitOfMeasure.Pixel (0). Valid values are UnitOfMeasure.Pixel (0), UnitOfMeasure.CM (1), UnitOfMeasure.Inch (2).
    • Set the BarWidth (for bar cell width) and BarHeight (for bar cell height) properties. Both types are float.
    • Set the LeftMargin and TopMargin properties, and types are both float.
    • Set the Resolution property (Value is expressed in DPI - Dots per inch). This property is not working in Windows Controller, we will use end user's windows resultion.
  • Setting up text style in barcode image:
    • Set the ShowText properties. If this value is true, barcode data will be displayed with the barcode.
    • Set the TextFont property. The font used to display text in barcode image.
  • Set the Format property for barcode image type. Value can be "gif", "jpg", "png", and "bmp", default is "png".
  • Set Rotate property, if you want to rotate barcode image.
    Value can be
    0 (RotateOrientation.BottomFacingDown),
    1 (RotateOrientation.BottomFacingLeft),
    2 (RotateOrientation.BottomFacingUp),
    3 (RotateOrientation.BottomFacingRight)

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