isbn: ISBN Validation and Manipulation

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isbn: ISBN Validation and Manipulation

All books published by major publishers since 1970 have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) associated with them. Prior to 2007, all ISBNs issued were ten digit ISBN-10 format. Since 2007, new ISBNs have been issued in the thirteen digit ISBN-13 format. See the ISBN Wikipedia article for more information.


This library provides data types and functions both validating and working with ISBNs. For general use, only importing the Data.ISBN module is required, as it reexports all functionality for validating and converting between ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 values. The specific implementations for validation are located in the Data.ISBN.ISBN10 and Data.ISBN.ISBN13 modules, respectively.

Usage Example: Validating an ISBN and printing the error

import Data.ISBN (ISBN, validateISBN, renderISBNValidationError)

validateUserSuppliedISBN :: Text -> Either Text ISBN
validateUserSuppliedISBN userIsbnInput =
    either (Left . renderISBNValidationError) Right (validateISBN userIsbnInput)

someValidISBN10 =
    validateUserSuppliedISBN "0345816021"    -- Right (ISBN10 "0345816021")

someValidISBN13 =
    validateUserSuppliedISBN "9780807014295" -- Right (ISBN13 "9780807014295")

tooShortISBN =
    validateUserSuppliedISBN "0-345-816"     -- Left "An ISBN must be 10 or 13 characters, not counting hyphens"

invalidISBN10 =
    validateUserSuppliedISBN "0-345-81602-3" -- Left "The supplied ISBN-10 is not valid"


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