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 for 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 TSA & States option.
- Select FGN: Federal Government of Nigeria.
- Fill out the form with the required information (GIFMIS – 1000073609 Abuja only).
- Click Submit.
- Select a Payment option.
- An ISBN costs N3500 (formerly N 2500), but be prepared to spend more than that during the process, especially if someone is assisting you.
- Pay for your transaction with your card or by visiting a bank branch.
- If you select the Bank Branch option, you need to take the Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) to the bank and use it to make your payment.
- Collect your printout and take it to the National Library with the original receipt.
- Other documents you need to take along to the Library are:
- A letter of application.
- A photocopy of your certificate of company registration that you obtained from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
- A manuscript (preliminary pages) of the book or books you wish to publish
- A Printout of the Acknowledgement letter (stating that you have deposited three or more copies of the books you previously collected ISBN for) from the Legal Deposit Department. (This applies only if this is not your first ISBN)
Once you have provided all the required documents, you will be issued an ISBN. Then, you can go ahead and publish your book or books.
I hope this simplifies the process!
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