SAN—don't order

or ship without one!

The Standard Address Number (SAN)
uniquely identifies an address when
processing orders electronically.

Thorpe-Bowker assigns SANs to Australian and New Zealand locations

  • For Australian SANs click the ‘Buy your SAN today’ button
  • For New Zealand SANs please contact the SAN agency for an application form at (61) 03 8517 8349 or

Who Uses Standard Address Numbers (SANs)

Organizations who buy SANs include book and journal publishers, wholesalers and distributors, book retailers and college bookstores, libraries, schools, universities, paper and cloth manufacturers, printers and binders, as well as anyone else involved in the manufacturing of books and journals.

What Are SANs For?

The Standard Address Number (SAN) is a unique seven-digit identifier used to signify a specific address of an organization in (or served by) the publishing industry.

SANs are used by PUBNET, X*NET and systems and is required in all electronic data interchange communications using the Book Industry Systems Advisory Committee (BISAC) EDI formats.

The SAN is used for identification of customers for electronic ordering transmission, voice recognition ordering systems, teleordering, and billing or shipping account numbers.

SANs reduces the problems faced by other non-standard numbering systems such as billing errors, books shipped to the wrong points, errors in payments and returns.