Christian literature is now playing major role of winning souls for Christ but some writers are not following the rules of the game. 70% of Christian writers today published without obtaining ISBN numbers. The National Library of Nigeria (NLN) doesn’t have records of their publications.
Mr. Wole Adedoyin, the National President of the Association of Nigerian Christian Authors and Publishers (ANCAPS) made this known after a brief press conference on the 2017 edition of Nigerian Christian Literature Award (NCLA) held in Ibadan yesterday.
The research recently carried out by our body showed that 70% of christian writers in the country published without obtaining ISBN and 50% of them don’t even know that the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) is the regulatory body for ISBN in the country.
According to Mr. Adedoyin “Christian writers are always in hurry to publish, some of them also believe they don’t need ISBN because they are not writing academic textbooks for schools and colleges.
Even Christian writers who published with ISBN erroneously obtained them from printers and not from the ISBN regulatory body (NLN). I think the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) branches across the country need to take their ISBN campaign to different religion organizations and bodies”.
“NLN should now focus their beam light on religion organizations and denominations. They should sensitize and educate them on why they should obtain ISBN and where to get it from. Some printers and publishers are now awarding ISBN numbers as if they have the machines manufacturing the numbers at home, Adedoyin added.
National Coordinator of Nigerian Christian Literature Award however described a book without ISBN number or not obtained from the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) as illegal or unconstitutional publication.