How to apply for ISBN number in india online

Step by step procedure to get ISBN online

How to get ISBN number in India?

Getting ISBN number in India becomes easy as it is completely Online. In this article, I’m going to explain how to apply for ISBN number in India using the new online portal. Publishing a book in India is now very simple. 

how to get isbn number in india online

Step by step procedure to get ISBN online:

To begin visit the official website and click on new applicant registration. You will be redirected to the ISBN registration page.  Firstly, you have to choose what kind of applicant you are. There are two options.

  • Publisher
  • Author/Seminar

Please Note: Whether you’re a publisher or author, you must have a valid current account in any bank in India.

Secondly, you have to fill details like Author name/Publishing agency name, Name of Name of Proprietor /Director/Author, address and other basic details. After that you need to upload your PAN card and statement of current account, Address proof (In jpg or pdf format) and then click save.

Next, you will be getting an email from the agency which contains the user id and password.

Now go to applicant login and login with the user id and password you got. FYI User id will be your registered email id.  There you can see an option called apply for new application.Step by step procedure to get ISBN online

Complete the required fields like have you got ISBN number before? How many title you’re expected to publish in current year/upcoming 5 years etc. If you registered yourself as an author then you need to upload your book cover. Also there will be an option called save application. After saving you could see applicant status as pending. In action column you have to click submit it to department. Once you submitted your application then your application status will reflect as under process as in the above image provided there is no error in your application. If your application is approved then you can see the application status as approved and later you will be notified when ISBN number is allotted.

What should I do if there is some error is ISBN registration form?

In case, if your application form has errors then your application status will be shown as Clarifications sought by the department. Then under clarifications tab you have to click view details and fulfill the requirements.

Once ISBN is allotted you have to fill the book details like title, no of pages, cover etc by clicking add new book option under action tab and also you can view the details by clicking view book details. For book publishers, bulk uploading of book details is possible. Hence ISBN application process becomes completely green.

It is really a commendable job done by the agency in introducing the online portal. Self publishing in India is growing and now authors can get single ISBN numbers using this online portal easily. But whether this online system will affect book publishers in India? Definitely not.

Even though authors can apply for ISBN, they need the support of Self publishing companies to edit their manuscript, maintain inventory (Print on demand), Worldwide Distribution, marketing and sales. So it is very important to choose the best Publisher in India who can give maximum royalty, service and support. I will also let you know about the best self publishing company in India in a separate article.

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10 thoughts on “How to apply for ISBN number in india online

  • April 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I really like your writing style, wonderful information, regards for putting up : D.

  • April 25, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Sir what is URL of the site

    • April 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Hi. Do you mean the official website for isbn online application? Then it is www (dot) isbn (dot) gov (dot) in

      • July 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        Thank you so much for this artcile, it saved me time!

  • June 26, 2016 at 11:33 pm

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  • July 14, 2016 at 8:47 am

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  • July 14, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    What does “Registered Identity Proof of Publishing Agency” mean? What PDF should I upload?

    • July 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Proof of Identity shall be bank statement of your Publishing company account which should match the address correctly as per the isbn application.

  • September 12, 2016 at 7:35 am

    My isbn application is showing pending for last one month at the portal. Does it take so long to consider an application. Where should i approach to know.
    Let me know


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