Grants:IdeaLab/ISBN codes and wikisource
What is the problem you're trying to solve?
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?
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.
About the idea creator
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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