Barnes & Noble at RIT is required by law to make changes to its website to display International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) by July 1st—50 days from now.
In August of 2008, the “Higher Education Opportunity Act” (HEOA) [PDF] was passed and became public law. Section 133 of the act requires institutions to provide specific information about textbooks for its courses—in online or printed form.
The law was passed back in August of 2008, and congress hopes colleges will make the changes before then, but it appears Barnes & Noble will wait until the last minute.
With the large number of textbooks and different editions, Barnes & Noble’s lack of properly displaying full book titles and author names makes it a bit harder for students to find the book through alternative sellers.
BookMaid contacted Barnes & Noble over a year ago, and they had no intention to publish ISBNs until they were “legally obligated to.” Since then, it was learned that Barnes & Noble is required to. Last August, Barnes & Noble’s manager said the changes were under way.