Publiseer Company which focuses on digital publication was launched late year in Nigeria. It is currently the best independent publisher in the continent. The startup emerged due to challenges facing Nigerian publishing Industry. The main challenge is poor treatment, lack of dignity and respect to artist writers. Traditional publishing platforms are unwilling to publish articles and albums from new or upcoming artists. In order to mitigate the situation, many upcoming and new artists have resolved to digital publishing and self publishing.
Publiseer platform allows for publication and distribution of authors and music artists materials over variety of channels. Several mediums participate in articles translation generating approximately 400 stores worldwide. Major stores composed of OverDrive for books, Kobo, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play Music, Claromusica and Apple iTunes. Other global stores constitute of Tidal for music, Apple iBooks, Scribd, Shazam and Playster. Revenue generated from publication is distributed as follows; Publiseer 25%, author 25% and stores get 50%.
According to Chidi Nwaogu, the co-founder of Publiseer, there exist a distinction between Publiseer and its competitors (BookBaby and CDBaby). He noted that the main difference emanated from the hefty fee charged on artists and authors. Additionally, the company realized a positive growth over a short span of time. Currently, Publiseer has 65 published books, 135 musicians and artists, 144 albums and 5 daily submissions.
The company has been selected to participate in 2018 Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition. The competition is scheduled on March 2018 in United States (Boston). The event winner and runner-up will take home about $10,000 and $5,000 cash prices respectively.