Start the Day Global – 30 September 2018

South Africa, Canada , the USA, the UK and Nigeria are on the travel map today as we start the day global today in what you may or may not consider the USA: Puerto Rico. If we outside the US and Caribbean think of Puerto Rico at all it is probably in relation to the Read More …

“The future of global publishing lies in the emerging markets” – Sheikha Bodour al Qasimi

In an article in VenturesAfrica today Bodour al Qasim takes a look at the potential of the African book markets, using her own country, the United Arab Emirates, as an example of what might be achievable. At which point, full disclosure: Bodour Al Qasim as credited by VenturesAfrica is in fact Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Read More …

Micro-aggregators in Africa rise to meet growing demand from authors

Authors in the “First World” tend nowadays to take for granted that, even if they would really like a “trad-pub” deal and intend to try the agent-query route first, they have other options. Self-publishing is as simple as finishing the manuscript, providing a cover, and submitting the MS Word doc to a self-publishing portal such Read More …

“Nobody is rewarding writers so nobody wants to write” – the state of Nigerian literature

“Nobody is rewarding writers so nobody wants to write,” laments Morenike Taire over at Nigeria’s Vanguard, in a discussion about the latest Nobel Prize for literature. Taire continues, “The level of literature that is available is therefore abysmal in nature. There is no competition, no inspiration, no encouragement … Most of the books in which Read More …

Kenya – book sales fall as VAT and piracy bite. Does salvation lie with digital?

The 20th Nairobi International Book Fair wrapped up yesterday after a five-day event themed “United In Reading.” But an otherwise colourful function in Kenya’s capital (the second-largest publishing fair in sub-Saharan Africa after Cape Town in South Africa), which was well-attended by both trade and the public (26,000 visitors), was overshadowed by the dark cloud Read More …

The Mogadishu and Nairobi Book Fairs – Publishing Challenges In Africa

The Nairobi Book Fair is underway in Kenya this week. It comes hard on the heels of another East Africa book event, in Somalia. The Mogadishu Book Fair is just three years old, and a brave attempt at normality in a country ridden by insurgency, piracy (real pirates, not book pirates) and famine. The thirty-one Read More …