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 …

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 …

African publishers pay the price for putting all their eggs in one basket

The Angolan government has recently announced it will be spending an extra $40 million in 2019 on textbooks for schools, provided free of charge to students. Textbooks for schools and colleges are of course the mainstay of publishers around the world, but what if the governments ordering these books decide to shift production in-house? Publishers Read More …

Rwanda aims to “have books everywhere” to encourage reading

Many countries have government ministers who juggle the improbable twin balls of sports and culture in their departmental portfolio, but it’s rare the two come together in any meaningful way. But that’s literally what is happening in Rwanda, where the Minister of Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu,  believes any platform where people converge should be Read More …