Can We Talk About ISBNs?

International Standard Book Number. ISBN. It seems to confuse folks no end.

photo http://www.sxc.hu/photo/947375 by Zsuzsanna Kilian http://www.sxc.hu/profile/nkzsI get it. Numbers, to most of us in the western world, are about ownership. If someone has your social security number you could be in trouble. Credit card number? Lock it up. Driver’s license? Well, it feels important.

No. Wrong. It’s nothing like that.

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