By Ngozi Adighibe
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 13-digit code issued by the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) as a unique identifier of books published in Nigeria.
This is a step-by-step guide on how to obtain ISBN:
- Log onto remita.net
- Scroll down and select the Pay FGN’s and State TSA.
- Select FGN: Federal Government of Nigeria.
- Fill out the form with the required information (GIFMIS – 1000073609).
- Click Submit.
- Select a Payment option.
- An ISBN costs N 2500, but be prepared to spend more than that during the process.
- Pay for your transaction with your card or by visiting a bank branch.
- If you select the Bank Branch option, then you need to take the Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) to the bank and use it to make your payment.
- Collect your print out and take it, with the original receipt, to the National Library.
- Other documents you need to take along to the Library are:
- A letter of application.
- A photocopy of your certificate of company registration obtained from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
- A manuscript of the book you wish to publish (This will be viewed and not collected).
Once you have provided all the required documents, you will be issued an ISBN. Then, you can go ahead and publish your book.
Hope this simplifies the process!
Also, we at Everbrighter Communications can publish your book for you and assist you with the ISBN process.