EAN-5

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Name EAN-5
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EAN-5 mini-bar code is on the right.

EAN-5 mini-bar code is on the right.

EAN-5 is an optional additional bar code to the right of a EAN-13 or UPC-A bar code, used on product packaging for checkout scanning. It encodes an extra five digits in addition to the main UPC or EAN code, used for supplementary information (of a larger size than the other EAN-2 supplementary code which only encodes two digits). Book publishers use this to encode the suggested list price of the book. Comic book publishers use it on direct-sale versions (to the comic shop market) to encode the issue number and distinguish variant versions and printings; the first three digits correspond to the issue number (so they'll have a problem when a title reaches #1000, though this may not happen given their propensity to reboot titles with new #1 issues; Action Comics was past #900 before it was reset), then one digit representing the printing ("1" for first printing, which collectors usually want) and one digit for variant (e.g., different covers).

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