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Which barcode do I need?

Barcodes can be confusing at first. Hence we have put together this table to help you determine which type of barcode you need.

Product                               Which barcode do I need?
Alcohol EAN barcodes
Art books (includes illustrated books with a title page and/or text or captions) ISBN barcode
Asset tracking Code 39 or code 128 barcodes
Artwork EAN barcodes
Atlases ISBN barcode
Audiobooks ISBN barcode
Board games, jigsaws EAN barcodes
Book – published (includes Braille, hardback, paperback, e-book) ISBN barcode
Book – non-published (includes colouring books, crossword, sudoku) EAN barcodes
Brochures and pamphlets ISBN barcode
Calendars EAN barcodes
Compact discs (CDs) EAN barcodes

ISBN barcode if the CD is prose or educational

Clothing & Footwear EAN barcodes
Comic books ISBN barcode
Cosmetics EAN barcodes
Coupons EAN barcodes – check with the retailer
DVDs EAN barcodes

ISBN barcode if they are educational

Electronics EAN barcodes
Electronic newsletters/e-zines ISSN barcodes
Flashcards EAN barcodes
Food EAN barcodes
Garden products EAN barcodes
Graphic novels ISBN barcode
Greeting cards EAN barcodes
Historical documents ISBN barcode
Homewares EAN barcodes
Journals and diaries Non-published use EAN barcodes

Historical or published diaries use ISBN barcode

Library systems Code 39 or code 128 barcodes
Magazines ISSN barcodes
Maps ISBN barcode
Medicines EAN barcodes
Music (tracks or albums, not sheet music) EAN barcodes
Pamphlets ISBN barcode
Pictures and photographs EAN barcodes
Postcards EAN barcodes
Posters and art prints EAN barcodes
Serials (magazines, periodicals, etc.) ISSN barcodes
Serials (magazines, periodicals, etc.) if being sold as a one-off book ISBN barcode
Sheet music ISMN barcode
Software EAN barcodes
Stationery items EAN barcodes
Supplements & Vitamins EAN barcodes
Tools EAN barcodes
Toys, including stuffed animals EAN barcodes