Culture Minister leads call to embrace the digital opportunity at the Ghana International Book Fair

The 17th Ghana International Book Fair (GIBF) has not long wound up, and by all accounts it was a vibrant and rewarding event, not withstanding a dark cloud emerging over publishers holding unwanted school textbooks. With the theme “Reaching the World Market through Effective Book Distribution Networks” it was inevitable the question of the digital Read More …

“Publish Africa – the digital advantage” # 6 is now available

The joint StreetLib-TNPS bi-weekly B2B newsletter Publish Africa – the digital advantage released its sixth edition today. Publish Africa is a bi-weekly review of the Pan-African publishing scene across all formats, but with an unashamed tilt towards the digital opportunity unfolding. If you’re not a subscriber you can find the latest edition here. To subscribe, Read More …

A library on a bus – Rwanda Bookmobile Initiative is a great idea, but its argument against digital is flawed and unnecessary

Targetting remote primary schools, and carrying books in Kinyarwanda, French, and English, NGO Rwanda Bookmobile Initiative is a mobile library taking books to parts of the country where books are hard to come by. There’s little to fault and much to praise in this initiative, launched last week. Pacifique Mahirwe, Director of Rwanda Bookmobile Initiative, Read More …

Nigeria’s Copyright Commission calls on schools to avoid buying pirated text books

The Nigerian Publishers Association and the Nigerian Copyright Commission organised a meeting at the Education Resource Centre in Abuja, calling for schools to be more careful where they bought their textbooks. The Nigerian Copyright Commission Director General John Ohireime Asein, explaining the loss piracy caused to both publishers and authors, said, It is an unauthorised Read More …

StreetLib-TNPS deliver an online presentation on Ghana’s digital publishing opportunity to mark the Ghana International Book Fair

The Ghana International Book Fair is underway in Accra, and to mark the event, TNPS and parent company StreetLib have produced an updated version of our March presentation on the African digital opportunity, geared to the Ghana publishing industry. TNPS is not a promotional vehicle for StreetLib services, but occasionally StreetLib news and joint StreetLib-TNPS Read More …

Celebrating English and Portuguese literature, the first Macondo Literary Festival is set for September in Kenya

Named after the fictional town in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, “a place where magical things happen,” the Macondo Literary Festival will debut in Nairobi from 27 to 29 September 2019. The event seeks to, promote literature and authors of and from Africa beyond linguistic borders, to initiate and encourage the engagement of a Read More …

South African Book Fair makes reading fun. Other book fairs might want to take notes

The 2019 South African Book Fair is looming, and while some book fairs seem like they try to be as boring as possible, South Africa takes things a little less seriously, and, in the words of the Sunday Times, puts the fun back into reading, with an event that is, jam-packed with activities that combine fun with a Read More …

“Adapting to the context and speed of the world.” Cape Verde delivers a lesson for publishers as the tiny African nation embraces 5G

Cape Verde’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Olavo Correia announced plans this week to put the archipelago at the forefront of the internet revolution by being among the first countries in the world to embrace 5G technology. Supported by China’s Huawei, this bold initiative in an island nation of 560,000, with just 352,000 online, Read More …

As Angola Cables launches its first live global gaming portal, a reminder publishers need to rethink and redefine anachronistic territorial restrictions

Angola Cables, as the name might suggest, is an African multinational telco involved with laying the infrastructure for the internet connectivity that drives the global digital economy. NexTV News Africa reports this week that Angola Cables has partnered with gaming and e-sports specialist Qwatti eSports to launch a, new service that will be opened to Read More …

StreetLib-TNPS launches new B2B MENA publishing newsletter ahead of the IPA Regional Seminar in Amman

Originally planned to go live to mark the occasion of the Sharjah International Book Fair later this year, we decided to bring forward the launch of our B2B newsletter for the Middle East North Africa book market after Hugo Setzer, IPA President, announced the IPA Middle East Regional Seminar, to be held in Amman, Jordan, Read More …

A new StreetLib-TNPS presentation shows the digital advantage for publishers at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair is underway in Harare, and to mark the event, which coincides with news that there are now over half a billion Africans online, TNPS and parent company StreetLib have produced an updated version of our March presentation on the African digital opportunity. The StreetLib press release, always, is presented below Read More …

Festival Poetas D’Alma – A look at Mozambique’s flourishing poetry scene

As this post goes live the CCMA – Mozambican-German Cultural Center, Goethe-Zentrum Maputo and the Poetas D’Alma Collective are holding the inaugural edition of POETAS D’ALMA (International Festival of Poetry and Performative Arts) in Maputo, Mozambique. The event marks 15 years of the Night of Poetry program, “one of the most important and influential performative arts events Read More …

“Publish Africa – the digital advantage” # 3 is now available

The joint StreetLib-TNPS bi-weekly newsletter Publish Africa – the digital advantage released its third issue today. Publish Africa is a bi-weekly review of the Pan-African publishing scene across all formats, but with an unashamed tilt towards the digital opportunity unfolding. Written by TNPS Editor-in-Chief Mark Williams in The Gambia, West Africa and published by Italy-based global Read More …

Africa hits 525 million internet users. Nigeria leapfrogs Japan as 6th largest country by online population. Publishers continue to look the other way

It’s happened. As of June 30th 2019, Africa, at just 39.5% internet penetration, now has more than half a billion people online. Nigeria, which leapfrogged Russia into 7th place in the global internet users stakes in December 2018, just edged ahead of Japan in the half year count. African Publishing – The $5 Billion Digital Read More …

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 …