Can Publiseer take on BookBaby and CDBaby in Nigeria?


Publiseer is a free digital publishing platform for authors and artists has since launched its free book and music publishing services.

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Publiseer claims to be passionate about what they do.

The publisher prides itself as a “traditional publishing company”, and claims to offer free book and music publishing services. Books published by Publiseer will be available on bookstores like “Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play Books, Apple iBooks and Kobo”, while music published by the company will be available on music stores like “Amazon, Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple iTunes, Deezer and Shazam.”

The name of the company is a pun on the word ‘publisher’, and it also means ‘publish’ in Afrikaans, a language of southern Africa. According to the publisher’s website, its digital publishing platform is “tailored to meet the growing needs of independent Nigerian authors and artists.”

The website begins with a phrase that reads “Publishing should be free and easy too!”, and claims to provide a hassle free, easy to use, extensive, digital publishing service. Some of their free publishing services include professional book/album cover design, global distribution of books and music to over 400 online stores, formatting of book and mastering of tracks, EPUB and FLAC file conversion, 7 hours customer support every weekday, and crafting of marketing essentials.

According to the publishing company, their authors and artists still retain the publishing rights to their work, and can republish their work elsewhere. Their authors and artists receive a dollar for every sale of their work, and get paid when the royalty accrued reaches a $20 threshold. At the moment, the platform is only open to young and budding Nigerian authors and artists residing in the country.

However, they made mention of a possible expansion in the near future. “Finally got what I’ve been searching for,” said Trinity Jozef, one of the company’s authors. “I’m speechless,” said Nikeon Bellz, one of Publiseer’s artists. Publiseer claims that the only thing their authors and artists have to do is to write a book or record a song, and they will do the rest for them. In their words, “All you have to do is write that amazing book or record that hit song, and we’ll do the heavy lifting for you. We’ll take your raw work, turn it into a professional masterpiece, and distribute it worldwide.”

The young company’s international competitors are BookBaby and CDBaby, both sister companies. However, Publiseer’s competitive advantage is that they publish books and music for free, while BookBaby and CDBaby charge a hefty free for publishing. “We’re passionate about the success of our authors and artists, which is why our services are broad — touching every important sector in the publishing business.

We’ve created the digital platform authors and artists need to succeed in today’s competitive market,” reads the publisher’s website.

So far, Publiseer, whose mission is to “promote the creativity of Nigerians to the rest of the world”, has been featured on Daily Herald, CEOWorld Magazine, The Buffalo News, Daily Times Leader, Journal Sentinel, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, amongst others.