How To Get ISBN In Nigeria Quickly: Cost And Requirements In 2021

In this article, you will learn about the cost and requirements of obtaining an ISBN in Nigeria 2020. If you are excited about this, lets get started right away.

The history of ISBN in Nigeria has been a long one. In the past, many Nigerian writers were either ignorant of its existent or lacked the required knowledge to obtain one for their books.

While ISBN may not have been much of a deal in the recent past, today it has become a necessity for everyone seeking to publish books that can be put in libraries or sold in the major bookshops around the world.

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The importance of ISBN for Nigerian authors can never be overemphasized. Amongst others, it allows for the tracking of book sales. But before going further into this discourse, its pertinent to first establish the full meaning of ISBN in Nigeria.

What Is ISBN?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a set of 13 unique codes that contains all the information about a particular book. It should be stated here that ISBN don’t ever expire nor are you required to renew them.

sample of isbn for books

However, as important as ISBN is for every publisher, it’s not mandatory to have one for your book if you intend to be selling your book or books online as PDF materials only or via online e-commerce stores like Amazon. If you intend to print your books on paper backs, then ISBN is a must for you.

How To Get ISBN In Nigeria In Easy Steps

Many persons have asked, how do I get ISBN in Nigeria for my books? Well, the process of obtaining an ISBN in Nigeria is simple, simply follow the guidelines below.

Note, the agency that is in charge of issuing ISBN in Nigeria is the National Library of Nigeria which is headquartered in Abuja.

Below is the steps to obtain an ISBN in Nigeria 2020:

  1. The first steps in obtaining an ISBN in Nigeria is to officially write a letter to the office of ISBN in National library of Nigeria, seeking to get an ISBN for your proposed book.
  2. Once you submit this ISBN letter to the National library, you will be giving a form to fill and submit after 2 weeks with other documents which i will show you later on in this article, fill the ISBN form and keep it.
  3. While returning to submit the ISBN form, bring along your business registration certificate from CAC.
  4. And lastly, you are required to come along with the complete manuscript of the proposed book you want to get the ISBN for. You are required to submit all these forms to the office of ISBN. With this, you will be issued your ISBN and be authorized to publish your book.

Generally, obtaining an ISBN in Nigeria takes close to 3 weeks from your first contact with the office of ISBN in National library to the collection date.

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The Cost Of ISBN Number In Nigeria 2020

How much does it cost to get an ISBN number for a book in Nigeria? This question reflects the concern of many Nigerians.

As at the time of writing this article, the cost of obtaining an ISBN in Nigeria is 2500. However, if you want to get it faster, you should be ready to spend a little more than this.

The N2,500 official cost of ISBN registration in Nigeria can only be paid when you are about to submit your ISBN letter to the office of ISBN in Abuja or Lagos.

Requirements To Get An ISBN Number In Nigeria 2020

Below is the list of ISBN requirements in Nigeria 2020:

  1. A filled ISBN application form
  2. A written application letter for ISBN number on your companies letter heading
  3. A certificate of business name registration from the corporate affairs commission
  4. The manuscript of the book you intend to publish with ISBN
  5. A receipt for the payment of ISBN fee.

Sample Of ISBN Application Letter Format In Nigeria

When it comes to writing the application letter for ISBN number in Nigeria, there is really no standard, you are required to follow the standard letter writing format.

sample letter of isbn in nigeria

The ISBN letter format could look like this


I’m Mr ***** *******, from ********************. I write seeking to obtain an ISBN for my new book titiled ********************************.

As a new author, i recently discovered the importance of obtaining an ISBN before publishing my book…

Attached to this letter are the required documents…

I look forward to receiving a positive feedback from you…

So you see, the letter doesn’t need to be lengthy as you are not writing to empress anyone in that office, neither are you writing any exam. Just be free and write as little as you can, then await their feedback after like 2 weeks.

So you see, getting an ISBN in Nigeria is quite easy.

At the moment, you cannot get an ISBN number online in Nigeria, the only way will be to go to the physical address of National library of Nigeria, submit your application request, pay the required fee and await their response which takes between 2 and 3 weeks.

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Eze Elekwachi

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