Will Publisher’s Murder Cast Pall Over Nairobi’s Storymoja Hay Festival?

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This weekend came the shocking news that Faber and Faber finance director David Tebbutt was shot dead and his wife kidnapped while staying at a beachside Kenyan resort. The event is likely to cast a shadow over the Storymoja Hay Festival which starts this Thursday and runs through the weekend in Nairobi. Overseas guests expected to appear at the …

Is Worldreader.org’s Gift of E-readers to Africans the Right Precedent?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Is the dependence on expensive devices a Western solution to an African problem? By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature story considers the challenges of digital publishing in sub-Saharan Africa. Amongst the key obstacles preventing further proliferation of digital reading across the continent is a lack of cash, political will…and electricity. Innovative programs such as Worldreader.org, which has distributed some 500 Kindles …

Digital Publishing in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Good News, The Bad News

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

Sub-Saharan Africa’s dearth of cash, political will and a reliable supply of electricity are preventing the “digital revolution” from making large-scale changes in the way Africans read. By Tolu Ogunlesi The Namibian government has a goal of installing computers in every school and every community library in the country by 2014. This is one of the key objectives of the …

Will E-books Raise or Lower the Total Value of Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature story discusses the effort to determine the total value of the global book industry. Statistical analysis initially suggests that sum is €80 billion. With the increasing adoption of e-books by readers in the coming years, do you anticipate this will inflate or depress the total sum? On one hand e-books are priced significantly lower than …

Q: What is Global Publishing Worth? A: €80 Billion

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

Ruediger Wischenbart is seeking to undertake an unprecedented project -– the compilation of a comprehensive database of global publishing statistics. By Tolu Ogunlesi LONDON: Publishing — including STM, Educational and Trade material -– is currently estimated at being worth €80 billion and is the second largest creative industry in the world, after television; and is currently bigger than the music …