The EAN-5 is a 5-digit European Article Number code, and is a supplement to the EAN-13 barcode used on books. It is used to give a suggestion for the price of the book.
|4||$ New Zealand|
|0 & 1||British pounds|
ISBN Encoding – Country and Currency Values Description
|59999||Price for $100 and more|
|90000-98999||For internal purposes (BISG recommend 90000 if no price is given)|
|99000-99989||Reserved for the industry market|
|99990-99999||Reserved for National Association of College Stores (NACS)|
The Encoding of EAN-5 characters is very similar to that of the other European Article Numbers. The only difference is that the digits are separated by 01. The EAN-5 always begins with '01011.' Also, the R-Code is not used.
The structure of the barcode is based on the checksum. In order to compute the checksum, multiply each of the digits by either 3 or 9, alternating each time. Then add them and then do a mod 10. So the checksum for 05415 MN is 1 based on the following calculations:
0*3=0 5*9=45 4*3=12 1*9=9 5*3=15 ---------- 81 % 10 = 1
Once you have the checksum digit, you can look up the structure in the following table. Note that the checksum digit is not in the final 5 digits, and is not intended to validate the 5 digit data, but rather to validate the reading of the EAN-5 overall.
|Start||5 (G)||Separator||2 (L)||Separator||4 (G)||Separator||9 (L)||Separator||5 (L)|
- NACS Codes
- Barcode Reference - Section 126.96.36.199
- Barcode Writer - The basis for the barcode structure
- U.P.C. Symbol Specification Manual - Appendix D - Two-Character and Five-Character to UPC symbol.