Ok, I know that all of us at one time or another has found ourselves in the bookstore facing down a great book with a great BIG price tag. We put pen to paper and jot down the 10 digit number on the back and hurry off to the library or to our favorite online merchant... or something like that...uh, never mind the story. The issue is the number. The ISBN number. Does anyone know where this number comes from? What's its story?
Rest assured; I am here! I have found a short history of this interesting number from the people who know.