More than 4.5 million expected at the Cairo International Book Fair Golden Jubilee

Taking place for the first time in the Fifth Settlement, the just launched 50th Cairo International Book Fair is hoping to set a new world record for visitor numbers, with extra days added to the usually 12-day event. According to Egypt Today, Haitham al-Haj, chairman of the General Egyptian Book Organization. expects the extra days to Read More …

Saudi Arabia’s second book fair of the year attracts thousands, just a week after Jeddah’s record 475,000 turnout

Given the Jeddah International Book Fair ran from December 26 through January 5, we can only attribute five days worth of the 475,000 visitors to the 2019 book fair count, but even so we’re looking at about a quarter million booklovers descending on an Arab book fair so far in 2019, and we’re still less Read More …

“Realising Africa’s Potential as a Global Publishing Leader in the 21st century” will require abandoning 20th century attitudes towards publishing

The International Publishers Association Seminar on Sustainable Development for African Publishers 2019 will be hosted in Nairobi on June 14-15 with the theme “Realising Africa’s Potential as a Global Publishing Leader in the 21st Century.” James Murua has the scoop on this story, so I defer first to the James Murua African Literature Blog for Read More …

Accra International Book Festival 2019 dates announced. And the hunt is on for the 27 best books by Ghanaian authors

Ghana’s inaugural Accra Book Festival last Year (not to be confused with the Ghana International Book Fair) was an unqualified success last year, and plans for the 2019 edition are underway. The 2nd Accra Book Festival will be formally launched on August 10 and the event itself will run for four days over October 24-27. Read More …

Start The Day Global – 5 Not to be Missed Publishing Stories from Around the World

Unusually we Start the Day Global today in Michigan, USA, where this delightful story caught my eye over at Publishers Weekly. Girls of the Crescent: Teen Sisters Promote Stories of Muslim Girls When sisters Mena and Zena Nasiri, both avid teen readers, noticed a dearth of YA books featuring Muslim females like themselves, they took Read More …

Hakuna matata! African authors need to create a canon of African children’s literature that is indeed their own. But that can be achieved without inverted racism and denigrating the works of other cultures

Cultural appropriation, while not new, is a rising theme in a modern world that is connected in a way impossible to imagine even ten years ago, and with it comes an acceleration in examples of perceived and actual cultural appropriation as well as examples of extreme reactions to this appropriation. Back in August this year Read More …

In Egypt calls grow to boycott world’s largest book fair. Cairo Int. Book Fair Director steps up to explain the CIBF’s unpopular relocation

At the best of times the logistics of setting up the world’s biggest book fair are problematic. Accommodating over four million eager booklovers over fourteen days is a challenge no other book fair on the planet has to face. And yes, we are talking Cairo, Egypt, in Afraica, which in defiance of the widely held Read More …

Ghana’s Accra International Book Festival announces 2018 Awards shortlist

The Accra International Book Festival has announced its shortlist for two awards today: the 2018 First Book Award and the 2018 Independent Writers Award, with five female contenders and just one male making the finals. Unusually for an Africa-based award the prize is open to submissions from authors of any nationality, although submissions must be Read More …

RadioBook Rwanda launches in Kenya with podcasts and print

RadioBook Rwanda is a collaboration between Rwanda’s Huza Press, Kenya’s Kwani Trust and the UK’s No Bindings that produces short stories by Rwandan writers in both print and digital podcast editions. James Murua explains  that the first RadioBook Rwanda publications were seen at a recent launch, featuring one of the writers Annick La Reine Shimwa as Read More …

Start Christmas Day Global – 5 not to be missed publishing stories from around the world

As this curation is posted it’s Christmas Day 2018. Whether you celebrate Christmas as a Christian, or as a fun Santa event for the children, or whether it’s just another working day, there’s no getting away from the fact that the story of Jesus Christ began in that part of the Middle East that now Read More …

Move over, Michelle Obama. Uganda’s First Lady is a bestselling author too

Okay, Janet Museveni’s book My Life’s Journey may not have made quite the splash that Michelle Obama’s Becoming has made, but then, being the wife of the President of Uganda doesn’t come with quite the high profile that comes with being the wife of the former President of the United States. But that didn’t stop Read More …

In case you missed it – The past week on TNPS

The past seven days on TNPS – here’s what you missed.   Dubai Audio Library “the largest Arabic audio library in the world” Dubai Audio Library “the largest Arabic audio library in the world” Self-published comic book to become Netflix series – Again Self-published comic book to become Netflix series – Again Saudi Arabia’s 4th Read More …

Nigerian ebook and music aggregator Publiseer plans Egypt launch. Takes on Nathan Hull as adviser

It all seemed so unlikely. Twin brothers in Nigeria, one an author, one a musician, decide to distribute their and other artists contents through a micro-aggregator called Publiseer. Only launched in Lagos in August 2017, twins Chidi and Chika Nwaogu have since expanded their operation to Kenya, Ghana and most recently South Africa. Now we Read More …

Ghana’s audiobook start-up AkooBooks wins the African Entrepreneurship Award as western audiobook and ebook firms look the other way

As with ebooks, so with audiobooks. While the big western digital book companies steer clear of the African continent bar a toe in the waters of South Africa, local talent is rising to fill the vacuum.  Kenya’s eKitabu, Nigeria’s Publiseer and OkadaBooks… And in Ghana, AkooBooks Audio, which this week won a High Potential Innovation Read More …

Nigeria’s would-be pan-African ebook and music distributor Publiseer adds Cloud Library to its distribution reach

It’s not even a year and a half since twins Chidi and Chika Nwaogu, one an author, the other a musician, launched Publiseer in their native Nigeria. Since then, as TNPS regulars will know, Publiseer has launched portals in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, all the time expanding its distribution outlets. Last month it was Read More …

Kenya’s Swahili Literary Festival 2019 set for Mombasa in March, but don’t get your hopes up to be selling Swahili ebooks on Amazon

A Swahili Literary Festival? Those who follow the African literary scene (or indeed follow TNPS) will be delighted, but not surprised, to learn this news. But many of us outside the continent or new to TNPS may be wondering what other literary surprises Africa has in store. It’s a reminder that there’s a big, wide Read More …

South Africa govt. to step up state publishing programme, threatening future of local publishers

Earlier this year TNPS reported on a move by the Rwandan government to bring its educational publishing programme in-house, putting the future of local publishers at risk. African publishers pay the price for putting all their eggs in one basket Now South Africa looks set to follow suit. Zimasa Velaphi, chief director of communications and Read More …

Nigerian music and ebook aggregator Publiseer launches in South Africa

Given the company’s name, Publiseer, from the Afrikaans word for “publish”, there was a logical inevitability that Publiseer would at some stage launch in South Africa. It just happened. South Africa joins Ghana and Kenya and home country Nigeria as Publiseer, the music and ebooks aggregator, continues on its mission to be a pan-African distributor. Read More …

The TNPS Week In Review

It’s been a quiet week at TNPS for various reasons, but here’s what was covered this past seven days.   Storytel confirms Brazil launch for 2019 as Mexico launch nears. Sharjah 2.23 million. Algiers 2.2 million. 4.4 million visitors to Arab book fairs in the past two weeks. The Arab Renaissance gathers momentum. The Arab Read More …

95.6% of Algerians like reading. 52% read fiction. Arabic, French and English the preferred languages. 90% prefer print to ebooks

Largely ignored by the outside world, the Algerian book market is a vibrant one, full of promise. Earlier this month the Algiers International Book Fair wound up, having clocked a record-breaking 2.2 million visitors. Now a survey confirms keen book interest among Algerians, with Arabic, French and English language titles leading the way. 68% of Read More …