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ISBN codes for wikisource and wikibooks
Assign ISBN codes to e-pub by Wikisource
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created on05:56, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

Allow Italians teachers the adoption of e-pub Wikisource as textbooks in schools.

By Italian law, teachers can force students to get a book for school whatever the book's format, but only if said book has an ISBN.

What is your solution?[edit]

Assign an ISBN code to the e-pub created by Wikisource or by Wikibooks. This code can be entered in the catalog of adoptable textbooks in italian schools.


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About the idea creator[edit]

Wikisource and wikipedia contributor in Italy. High school teacher. I use regularly Wikisource and wikipedia with my students. Associated with Wikimedia Italy. Supporter wikipedia monthly voluntary donation



  • ISBNs are assigned by national bodies (usually national libraries, but in the USA there is no central national library) and for this to work we need the active buy-in from some national library who is willing to assign wikimedia the numbers for epubs based on articles. Note that ISBNs refer to particular editions, as soon as someone corrects a typo the ISBN no longer applies to item; in this sense, ISBNs are best thought of as print-run identifiers. Stuartyeates (talk) 21:56, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
  • you can also get the isbn from worldcat https://www.worldcat.org/advancedsearch ; but for pre-1975ish there are not isbn but fallback to LOC number. Slowking4 (talk) 20:48, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

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