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How to Convert an ISBN to Barcode

Updated July 20, 2017

Barcodes are used in shops around the world to quickly recover information on a product. Books are distributed with 13-digit international standard book number (ISBN) codes that also identify the product in the same way. A barcode is generated using the 13-digit ISBN code, which produces a series of lines that can be picked up by a barcode scanner. You can create your own barcodes online using free barcode generators.

Go to the Barcoding Free Barcode Generator website (see References).

Enter your 13-digit ISBN code (without spaces) into the "Barcode Data" box.

Click "Generate Barcode."

Right-click the created barcode and click "Save Image As" (the exact wording may vary depending on your browser) to save the barcode to your computer.

Go to the Online Barcode Generator website (see References).

Click the "Symbology" drop-down menu and choose the type of barcode you want. Typically, ISBNs use "EAN-13" barcode types.

Enter your 13-digit ISBN in the "Contents" box.

Click "Make Barcode" to create your barcode.

Right-click the "EPS," "BMP," "JPEG," "PNG" or "TIFF" links and click "Save Link As" (the exact wording may vary depending on your browser). Choose a download location and click "Save" to save your generated barcode to your computer.

Go to the Free On-Line Linear Barcode Image Creator website (see References).

Enter the 13-digit ISBN in the "Data to Encode" box.

Click the "Barcode Symbology" drop-down menu and select "EAN-13."

Click "Update Barcode" or "Generate in New Window."

Right-click the created barcode and click "Save Image As" (the exact wording may vary depending on your browser) to save the barcode to your computer.

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Joshua Laud started writing professionally in 2008. During his three years at University he worked freelance for various music publications including "Clash Magazine" and "total:spec," and online Data Transmission and Music is Art. Laud also specializes in technology writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of London.