[IAEP] ISBN Numbers Summary.

David Farning dfarning at sugarlabs.org
Thu Mar 26 14:40:17 EDT 2009

I spent a couple of hours researching of ISBNs and how they apply to FM and SL.

An ISBN is the International Standard Book Number necessary for each
book marketed to the book trade (bookstores and libraries). Bookstores
will not order a book without an ISBN... mostly because they can't.
Without an ISBN, there's no number for them to look up.

This relates to Sugar Labs because Floss Manuals sells Sugar manuals
on Amazon.  How cool is that?  While nobody is quiting their day jobs
yet....  The synergy between FM and SL had great potential.

The work flow currently is:
1.  FM/SL booksprint to create the content
2.  FM publishes the content.  Current they use http://www.lulu.com/
3.  FM makes the content more widely available via resellers such as Amazon.

The ISBN is the link between steps 2 and 3.  For the geeks in the
room, the ISBN represents a unique identifier for the book.

Getting an ISBN

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