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FAQs about International Standard Book Number (ISBN) issuance

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) Issuance service allows you to obtain an ISBN number for your books or book-like products published in Rwanda. The ISBN is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies your publication. It is issued by the Rwanda Cultural Heritage Academy (RCHA) after you submit the application and meet all requirements. 

The following are the most frequently asked questions about International Standard Book Number (ISBN) issuance.

1. Who issues the ISBN in Rwanda?

The Rwanda Cultural Heritage Academy (RCHA) issues ISBN numbers after the applicant submits the application and meets all requirements.

2. Do I need an Irembo account to apply for an ISBN?

Applicants can apply for this service with or without an Irembo account; click here to create an account.

3. What attachments are required when applying for an ISBN?

The required attachments are: 

1) Description of Books or Maps (download template), 

2) Passport copy (if using a passport as ID), 

3) RGB Registration Certificate (if applying as an organization).

4.  Is there a fee to obtain an ISBN?

The price depends on the total number of titles.

5. How long does it take to process an ISBN application?

The processing time is 5 working days from the date of submission.

6. What is the expiration time for the billing number?

The billing number expires in 48 hours.

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