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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Breaking News +++ Nigeria now has more internet users than any country in Europe. India has over a half billion people online

The March 2019 internet user updates are in for some countries and the numbers bear out TNPS expectations. Nigeria, previously reported as having 98 million online – more than any country in Europe except Russia – has now leapfrogged the Eurasian giant. Against Russia’s 109 million, Nigeria now has 111 million people online, making it Read More …

International Publishers Association announces line-up for 2nd IPA Africa Seminar in Nairobi

If last year’s inaugural IPA Africa Seminar in Lagos was a much needed wake-up call to a global publishing industry that had largely ignored the world’s second largest continent, the 2nd incarnation in Nairobi in June will elevate the debate to the next level. From the IPA press release: Leading figures in African writing and Read More …

Somaliland’s 12th Hargeysa International Book Fair set for July with Egypt as Guest of Honour

Coexistence is the theme of the 12th Hargeysa International Book Fair which will be running July 20-25 in Somaliland An announcement on the Hargeysa Book Fair website explains, Throughout the annals of history, all the conflicts for which humanity has paid in millions of human lives and immeasurable destruction of properties have been based on Read More …

Tanzania’s 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature sets the scene for the Kenya Swahili Literary Festival

Weeks before the first ever Swahili Literary Festival kicks off in Kenya in the first days of March comes news that the 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature will be presented at a special event at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on Friday. Brittle Paper reports that, The prize winners…Tanzanian Zainab Alwi Baharoon, Read More …

“A sweeping fantasy epic steeped in Pan-African history and folklore—one of the most anticipated books of the year.” Widely unavailable in Africa

That was the Wall Street Journal this week. Well, maybe not that last bit. What the Wall Street Journal actually said was, Four years after winning the Man Booker Prize, novelist Marlon James returns with a sweeping fantasy epic steeped in Pan-African history and folklore—and one of the most anticipated books of the year Sadly 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 …

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 …

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 …

Nigeria’s ebook distributor Publiseer launches in Kenya. South Africa next

It was barely six weeks ago that Publiseer, celebrating its first birthday, launched its first operation outside homeland Nigeria, with a virtual expansion west into Ghana. Nigeria’s ebook aggregator Publiseer launches in Ghana, the first step in its Pan-Africa expansion Now it heads east, into Kenya, with a further expansion south to South Africa planned. Read More …

Literature to be Ghana’s next cocoa, gold and oil, says Accra International Book Festival

With the 2018 Accra International Book Festival set for 6-9 September, coinciding with Ghana’s National Literacy Day on 8 September, aspirations are high. The festival’s theme this year is “Amplify,” the idea being to amplify the power of Ghanaian writers in society and beyond and to promote a culture of reading. Writes Brittle Paper, The Festival Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 11 July 2018 collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. They do make the TNPS twitter feed. Follow TNPS on twitter here: @thenewpubstd. But twitter is an ephemeral beast. Blink and you miss it. Read More …

Kenya’s remarkable internet story is publishing’s opportunity

In the year 2000 there were just 200,000 people online in Kenya. By 2010 it had risen to almost 4 million. That in itself is an impressive number, giving Kenya in 2010 as many internet users as New Zealand or Ireland have today. Then smartphones arrived. And like many other African nations Kenya effectively by-passed Read More …

South African Book Development Council builds excitement for September book fair

Last year the South African Book Development Council took over responsibility for the annual South African Book Fair, previously run by the South African Publishers Association. In doing so the SABF transitioned from a trade event with consumers at the periphery, to a festival of books and publishing.that put African literature back on the map. Read More …

Africa’s book industry worth $1 billion and growing at 6% despite piracy and other challenges

It’s not easy being a publisher in sub-Saharan, and even five years ago it seemed to many to be a hopeless cause. But in 2018 we have the International Publishers Association landing in Lagos to hold a Regional Seminar for Africa, and while reports so far are sparse, and I’ll be coming back to update Read More …

Ghana plans to be the publishing hub of sub-Saharan Africa

The 16th Ghana International Book Fair is set for August 30 through September 2, and at the launch of the fair preparations this week in Accra the GIBF President, Elliot Agyare, said efforts are underway to make Ghana become the publishing hub of sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Ghana News Agency, Agyare said players in Read More …