How to Convert an ISBN to Barcode

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How to Convert an ISBN to Barcode
Barcodes are generated using the ISBN or product code. (barcode_02 image by Perth from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Click "Generate Barcode."

  4. 4

    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.

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Click "Make Barcode" to create your barcode.

  5. 5

    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.

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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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