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African publishing in the time of COVID-19

African publishing in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19’s spread around the world continues to have catastrophic effects, from lives lost to the economic consequences of lockdowns, bringing financial devastation to individuals and jeopardising even the most robust industries.

30 Years of providing visibility for African books in the global market place

30 Years of providing visibility for African books in the global market place

African Books Collective is an example of an African owned and governed organisation which has successfully transitioned from a donor dependent NGO to a self-sustaining and independent social enterprise.

In the Maghreb, there is an urgent need to structure the book sector

In the Maghreb, there is an urgent need to structure the book sector

Kenza Sefrioui is a literary critic, the co-founder of En toutes lettres, a publishing house based in Casablanca. On the occasion of the 25thedition of the Maghreb book fair in Paris, literary critic Kenza Sefrioui highlights the publishing situation in the north of the continent. 

Print-on-demand: An African publisher’s experience

Print-on-demand: An African publisher’s experience

In the early 2000s the late Nigerian publisher, Victor Nwankwo, of Fourth Dimension Publishers (FDP), with African Books Collective (ABC), started a project to digitise FDP's backlist and make the books available print on demand (POD). Reading his study today, some 18 years on, it is easy to forget the huge changes that have taken place in the publishing and bookselling world such as online bookselling, digital marketing, ebooks and eLibrary resources.

Drinking from the cosmic gourd. How Amos Tutuola can change our minds

Drinking from the cosmic gourd. How Amos Tutuola can change our minds

Francis B. Nyamnjoh on 28 March 2017 delivered the Archie Mafeje lecture for University of South Africa (UNISA) entitled Drinking from the Cosmic Gourd: How Amos Tutuola Can Change Our Minds. The lecture is based on his book of the same name. 

Publishing in Africa: From independence to the present day

Publishing in Africa: From independence to the present day

Indigenous publishing is integral to national identity and development: cultural, social, and economic. Such publishing reflects a people’s history and experience, belief systems, and their concomitant expressions through language, writing, and art.

Teaching is never easy… but for so many different reasons

Teaching is never easy… but for so many different reasons

Jason Anderson is a teacher, educator, researcher and author of books for language teachers. Here he recounts his experience of publishing locally and using local expertise in the development of his book Teaching English in Africa.

Publishing in African languages

Publishing in African languages

This literature review is an attempt to bring together some of the literature on an important and challenging, and one could well say neglected aspect of the African book sector, that of publishing in African languages, an area that greatly impacts literary production in many ways.

Publishing in Africa: Where are we now? An update for 2019 (Extracts)

Publishing in Africa: Where are we now? An update for 2019 (Extracts)

This update seeks to provide a broad round-up of the current situation of the book industry in Africa today (primarily that in English-speaking sub-Saharan Africa), together with a brief review of the work and activities of the various organizations and associations that have been supportive of African publishing over the years.

Book donation programmes revisited

Book donation programmes revisited

Book aid is complex, problematic, and sometimes controversial, but the literature and research on book donation programmes for Africa is still surprisingly scant. This wide-ranging, extensively documented investigation attempts to shed more light on current book donation practices, and provides an overview and profiles of the work of the principal book aid organizations active in the English-speaking parts of sub-Saharan Africa

African book industry data and the state of African national bibliographies

African book industry data and the state of African national bibliographies

No less than three international meetings on publishing in Africa have taken place recently, which have been followed with detailed action plans. Among many other recommendations, calls for action to find solutions to perennial problems, as well as discussions focusing on sectorial innovation and revitalization of the African book industries, participants in all three meetings were strongly urged to start collecting and disseminating book industry data.

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