How To Obtain ISBN Number For Published and Unpublished Books in Nigeria


One of the safest methods of preserving ideas and information is through the use of books. Book publishing is a very lucrative business; just a single book well published and distributed across Nigeria or world wide can make you famous and rich. And even after many years you can still enjoy the fruits of your labor by collecting of royalties.

Need for ISBN Number

But this day’s piracy has dealt a big blow to book publishing business in Nigeria.  Authors and book publishers have continued to lose millions of Naira annually to the activities of unscrupulous individuals who secretly print and distribute books of popular authors in the country.
They will take a popular book reproduce it with substandard materials and then sell very cheap to members of the public. One terrible thing about this book pirates is that they continue to feed very fat while the authors of the books they pirate goes hungry.

Therefore, to prevent the unlawfully publication and distribution of your intellectual property by pirates it is advisable you register and obtain an ISBN number from the National  library of Nigeria to protect all the books you have written.
ISBN connotes the, International Standard Book. It is a special number assigned to identify books published by authors’ in different countries of the world.

Example of ISBN NUMBER

For example the Oxford English dictionary has this ISBN number 0-19-860255-3. This is what the four parts 10 digits ISBN number simply stands for.
“0” in the Oxford English dictionary ISBN number is used to identify the country where it was published.
“19” this is used to identify the book title.
“3” this is used to identify other book titles from the same publisher.
“860255” is used to identify the publisher of the book.
Like I stated above you can register and obtain an ISBN number for published and unpublished books at the offices of the National library of Nigeria. The National  library has offices in Lagos and Abuja.
The cost of obtaining ISBN number in Nigeria is around N4,000 only. This charge includes cost of buying registration forms and processing fees.

The Requirements and procedures for obtaining ISBN number 


Write application letter to the National literary of Nigeria requesting for an ISBN number for the book you want to publish.


Go to National Literary of Nigeria offices in Lagos or Abuja and obtain registration form at the cost of 4,000.
Abuja Office is located at plot 274 Central Business District Sanusi Dantata House, Garki Abuja-Nigeria
While the Lagos office is located at Herbert Macaulay Way, Alagomeji, Yaba Lagos-Nigeria.


Also, go with photocopy of your certificate of company registration obtained from the National  library of Nigeria.


Fill the completed form.


 Attach copies of the book manuscript.


And then submit to the National  library not later than two weeks after collection of registration form.


After submitting registration form you sure to be given an ISBN number for the book you wish to publish.


By now the ISBN number must have been issued to you, you can go header and publish it on your book. Who so ever infringed on your property rights you can now sued since you now have a copy right to the particular book.

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