Chidi & Chika Nwaougu, the Nigerian twins who built and sold their social network LagBook back in the day have launched Publiseer, a free digital publishing platform for independent Nigerian authors and musicians.
The platform aims to help book publishers to publish and sell their books on bookstores like “Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play Books, Apple iBooks and Kobo” and music to music stores such as “Amazon, Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple iTunes, Deezer and Shazam.”
The two say publishing should be free and easy and the platform is “tailored to meet the growing needs of independent Nigerian authors and artists by providing a hassle free, easy to use, extensive, digital publishing service with 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.”
Authors and artists using the platform 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.
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. The young company’s international competitors are BookBaby and CDBaby, both sister companies. The only difference is Publiseer is free to use.
“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,” said Chidi. “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.”
Publiseer says its mission is to “promote the creativity of Nigerians to the rest of the world.