Two thirds of Kenyans pay to download online video. Almost none read ebooks. Proof Africans don’t read? No. Proof ebook retailers are looking the other way

It’s the twenty-first century. Even in Africa. And contrary to popular opinion, the internet is not only available across the continent but is shaping the continent’s future. This from IT News Africa this past week: If there was ever a time to watch progress in Africa, it would be now. As we have seen so Read More …

Kenya Publishing Association launches quarterly e-journal. IPA holds regional seminar in Nigeria. Audiobooks in Ghana. The African Renaissance steps up a gear

2018 is proving to be a notable year for African publishing. NB: for the purposes of this essay I limit Africa to the sub-Saharan region. TNPS has on numerous occasions covered the Arab Renaissance that embraces North Africa and the Middle East. In Nigeria next week (May 9) the International Publishers Association will be holding Read More …

Kenya’s eKitabu and USA’s SIL LEAD win the Book Boost: Access To All Challenge

Improving literacy is a challenge in even the richest and most stable monolingual countries. For less-developed countries where multiple languages are the norm the challenges are that much more difficult, even in otherwise stable societies. The provision of books is of course a key part of any programme to improving literacy, but print books are 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 …