Registration Agency SAN:

Registration Agencies:

Unique Identifiers

The SAN Agency has been appointed to issue SANs/GLNs on behalf of Book Industry Communication (BIC).

The Global Location Number is an international cross industry system administered by EAN International and the SAN systems are likely to migrate to GLNs/EANs over the next few years.

Standard Address Number (SANs) and Global Location Numbers (GLNs - also known as EANs) are unique identifiers that can be assigned to the addresses of organisations involved in the book selling or publishing industries. Both schemes are recognised throughout these industries and enable commercial transactions to be made more efficiently and accurately.

For example, SANs are used by publishers and distributors to identify the booksellers and link to their order processing systems.

SANs and GLNs identify specific geographical locations. If your organisation relocates (even if only by a few doors along the same street) a new SAN and GLN will be required to ensure that orders and deliveries are still made correctly.

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Nielsen Book has four key brands: Registration Agencies (ISBN, ISTC, SAN), BookData, BookNet and BookScan. Nielsen ISBN Agency provides publisher prefixes/ISBNs to publishers based in the UK & Ireland and offer advice on how to apply and use ISBNs. Nielsen BookData provides comprehensive, enriched and timely bibliographic data worldwide to booksellers, libraries and publishers in 100 countries around the world. Nielsen BookNet provides value-added transaction services to the industry. Nielsen BookScan provides the world’s only continuous retail monitoring service for English-language books in the UK, Ireland, US, Australia, South Africa, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Demark. The Nielsen Book group employs more than 120 staff in the UK. The company is wholly owned by The Nielsen Company, one of the world’s largest publishing and information companies.

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