How to get ISBN for your book in Nigeria

You might already know what an ISBN is and just want to find out how to go about registering it as well as how much it costs, or you just heard about it and quickly went online to find out what it means. Whatever the case might be, you are at the right page.

This is because in this article, we are going to be taking a look at the meaning of ISBN, how to get one and the cost.

Meaning of ISBN

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a number that is used to identify different books with regards to commerce and supply. From the full meaning of the acronym “ISBN” which we have already pointed out, you will see that is international which means that it is not just limited to a particular place. It is also unique so you cannot find two or more books with the same ISBN number.

You may now have rushed to pick up any published book around you searching for its ISBN, well it looks like this; 978-0-434-45675-0. Don’t worry, we are going to break it down so you can fully understand why it looks like this. As you can already see from the example that we used, it is a thirteen digit number.

This thirteen digit number is divided into five parts and this demarcation is usually done by the use of spaces or hyphen. The first three numbers represent the international code, the next three numbers are the country identifier, the next three digits following that is the publisher identifier and the next three numbers is the title identifier followed by the last number which is the check digit.

If you have written a book and you want to publish it, hoping to see it displayed in bookstores and libraries then getting an ISBN is compulsory. You need it for any book publication that you want to carry out.

Cost of getting an ISBN in Nigeria

The general cost of getting an ISBN in Nigeria is 2,500 Naira, only. This however could vary depending on certain factors.

How To Get an ISBN in Nigeria

If you are about to publish your book and you want to get an ISBN, you can do so at any ISBN office in any of the national library. There are necessary documents that you will have to present which will have to be processed before you can get your ISBN. The processing should take about two weeks.

The documents that you have to present for the purpose of obtaining an ISBN include;

a. A completed application form for ISBN
b. The application form should be accompanied by an ISBN application letter. This application letter should be on your company letter headed paper.
c. A photocopy of your certificate of incorporation that was issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
d. A printed copy of the manuscript of your book.

All you have to do is follow the procedures stipulated above which as you can see is not complicated at all and you will obtain your ISBN.


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