Google announces Equiano – a new submarine cable to connect western Africa with Europe. Publishing opportunities abound

Submarine cables are what drive the global growth of the internet. The whole world is connected in a way unimaginable as this century started, thanks to a network of submarine cables that link continents, countries and even remote islands. I’m able to write this from The Gambia, West Africa, on a (relatively) high-speed internet connection Read More …

A dystopian short story wins the 2019 Caine Prize

Nigerian-American author Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 20th edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing with a stunning post-apocalyptic short story, Skinned. The Caine Prize, launched in 2000, has a $10,000 award and is Arimah’s third time shortlisted, and first time to win. Arimah has also won the Commonwealth Short Story prize (2015), Read More …

Somalia’s 3rd Kismayo Book Fair kicks off July 7. Sahra Ahmed Koshin among the guests

Very little information available (or at least that I can find) for the 3rd annual Kismayo Book Fair, which will run July 7-9 this year. The website is showing a dead-end, but both Facebook and twitter report the fair is about to kick off. Kismayo is a port and commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region Read More …

Publish Africa bi-weekly email newsletter debuts 27 June. Subscribe now to catch the first issue

A gentle reminder that the StreetLib-TNPS bi-weekly newsletter “Publish Africa – the digital advantage” debuts on Thursday June 27. If you’d like to have it land in your inbox every two weeks then subscribe here. Publish Africa is a bi-weekly review of the Pan-African publishing scene across all formats, but with an unashamed tilt towards Read More …

StreetLib-TNPS launch “Publish Africa – the digital advantage”. Bi-weekly B2B insights into Africa’s publishing transition

StreetLib is the publisher behind The New Publishing Standard, and while TNPS is not a StreetLib promotional vehicle and we don’t routinely carry StreetLib news, StreetLib’s global expansion clearly falls within the TNPS global publishing industry news remit. As ever on such occasions, we re-print the StreetLib Press Release in full below without further TNPS commentary, Read More …

At IPA Seminar Nairobi StreetLib announces a publisher portal for every country in the world

StreetLib is the publisher behind The New Publishing Standard, and while TNPS is not a StreetLib promotional vehicle and we don’t routinely carry StreetLib news, StreetLib’s global expansion clearly falls within the TNPS global publishing industry news remit. As ever on such occasions, we re-print the StreetLib Press Release in full below without further TNPS commentary. Read More …

Accra International Book Festival goes global. Appoints West Africa and Asia / Middle East coordinators, days after announcing first children’s book festival

While the “Africa Rising” IPA Regional Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya will be grabbing the headlines this week, news comes from Ghana that the acclaimed Accra International Book Festival is expanding its horizons. At home it will be launching its first Accra Children’s Book Festival in September, while further afield in Africa Cameroonian Ngalim Jusline Veeyeenyuy Read More …

In advance of the IPA Africa Regional Seminar StreetLib announces plans for a Pan-African Digital Library Hub

StreetLib is the publisher behind The New Publishing Standard, and while TNPS is not a StreetLib promotional vehicle and we don’t routinely carry StreetLib news, StreetLib’s global expansion clearly falls within the TNPS global publishing industry news remit. As ever on such occasions, we re-print the StreetLib Press Release in full below without further TNPS commentary. Read More …

Airtel Africa’s $1 billion London IPO holds promise for Africa’s publishing industry

When it comes to identifying publishing opportunities in the emerging African markets one can do worse than watch the telcos. Telcos potentially provide the ideal connection between consumers and publishers in countries and regions where traditional ink on paper publishing faces insurmountable challenges, and that the mainstream digital book operators have deemed not worthwhile. Telcos Read More …

Nigeria’s booksellers promise vibrant trade, but casting social media as the enemy is not the way to make that happen

Nigeria’s Booksellers Association (BAN) has fresh blood after recent AGM elections, and BAN’s new president, Dare Michael Oluwatuyi, MD of CSS Bookshops Limited, is determined to reverse years of decline in the bookselling trade and return Nigerian bookselling to its former glory. As reported by Nigeria’s Guardian, Oluwatuyi said, We shall embark on qualitative membership Read More …

StreetLib partners with Francophone digital books market-leader YouScribe to extend reach across Francophone Africa and beyond

StreetLib is the publisher behind The New Publishing Standard, and while TNPS is not a StreetLib promotional vehicle and we don’t routinely carry StreetLib news, StreetLib’s global expansion clearly falls within the TNPS global publishing industry news remit. As ever on such occasions, we re-print the StreetLib Press Release in full below without further TNPS commentary. Read More …

IPA and Dubai Cares sign MoU to support African publishing, committing $800k over four years

Dubai Cares will be no stranger to those that follow global education initiatives. Part of the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, Dubai Cares has benefitted over 18 million children and young people across 57 developing countries – 20 in Africa. Now comes news that Dubai Cares has pledged AED 2,938,800 (USD 800,000) Read More …

Nigeria International Book Fair kicks off today with a mission to make digital reading acceptable

The 19th Nigeria International Book Fair got underway today. I’ll report on the event further as news comes in. Here to briefly look at a pre-launch call for the establishment of a Nigerian Book Commission to help guide the industry in a period of transition and challenges. Challenges? Everything from piracy to distribution to rising Read More …

StreetLib partners with Paris-based IP platform Nakiri to offer authors and publishers deals in global Francophone markets

Italy-based digital books distributor and publishing facilitator StreetLib has partnered with Paris-based IP platform Nakiri to offer authors and publishers deals in the global Francophone markets Full disclosure: The New Publishing Standard (TNPS) is published by StreetLib to further the debate about the global book markets. TNPS is not a StreetLib promotion tool. We offer news, data and Read More …

“Reaching the World Book Market through Effective Book Distribution Networks” is the Ghana International Book Fair’s 2019 theme as Google opens an AI facility in Accra

Global publishing is a holistic affair and increasingly tech-driven at every level. The news that Google is opening an AI research facility in the Ghanaian capital Accra, reported to be the first of its kind in Africa, is at first glance not much to do with publishing, but that’s to miss the bigger picture here Read More …

Spotlight on Africa: Nigeria’s Clever Clogs Books and the Akada Children’s Book Festival

With the International Publishers Association’s second African Seminar just two months away, TNPS is taking a close look at the many opportunities unfolding across this vast continent with a series of short posts and studies. Today it’s the turn of a small Nigerian publishing house start-up in Lagos, Clever Clogs Books, that despite only having Read More …

Optimising New Technology in Book Development and Distribution – Nigeria’s International Book Fair embraces the future

Organised by the Nigeria Book Fair Trust, the 18th Nigerian International Book Fair in Lagos will run for six days from 6 May. The dates have been up on the book fair’s Facebook and twitter accounts for a while now but this week the event was formally announced by Gbadega Adedapo, Chairman of the Nigerian Read More …

Tunisia’s International Book Fair sets new attendance record at halfway point. But is digital the next big step for Tunisian publishing?

With all the attention focused on London, Bologna and preparations for New York, you could be forgiven for thinking that the rest of the global publishing industry had been put on hold for Q2. The reality is rather different. Around the world vibrant book fairs and festivals are attracting huge crowds, largely unnoticed by the Read More …

StreetLib partners with Storyweaver to globally distribute 5,000 free multilingual stories in UNESCO’s Year of Indigenous Languages

Italy-based digital books distributor and publishing facilitator StreetLib has partnered with India’s Storyweaver to deliver 5,000 free multilingual stories to the world’s children, as part of its commitment to UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. Full disclosure: The New Publishing Standard (TNPS) is published by StreetLib to further the debate about the global book markets. Read More …

African Publishing – The $5 Billion Digital Opportunity as Nigeria becomes 7th largest country by online population

At the IPA Africa Seminar in Lagos in 2018 it was reported that the African book market was worth $1 billion. Not a staggering amount, but enough to raise eyebrows among many in the global publishing industry who believed Africa was a publishing backwater not worthy of their attention. This June comes the second IPA Read More …