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 …

Book Review: Open City by Teju Cole (Nigeria)

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson From the very first paragraph, Teju Cole’s debut novel announces itself as the tale of a wanderer: “And so when I began to go on evening walks last fall, I found Morningside Heights an easy place from which to set out into the city … These walks, a counterpoint to my busy days at the hospital, steadily …

DISCUSS: How Can E-Books Revolutionize Literacy and Publishing in Africa?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

E-books can reach people in Africa who might otherwise never get books. Some even say the Internet represents “Africa’s Gutenberg Moment.” By Edward Nawotka Today’s editorial by Tolu Ogunlesi looks at a recent literacy campaign in Nigeria to inspire more people to read. The government led campaign is the latest in a long line of similar campaigns, many of which …

Can You “Bring Back the Book” to a Country That Can’t Afford to Read?

In Children's, Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

Nigeria’s President launched a campaign to inspire reading that was part-election, part-Facebook festival and part-magical thinking. Editorial by Tolu Ogunlesi LAGOS: Nigeria has no national funding for the arts, no government-run grants-awarding body to support the production of books, and no National Book Policy. In place of a proper publishing industry, the country is awash with book printers, supporting a flourishing …

2011 Cape Town Book Fair Canceled

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Organizers of the Cape Town Book Fair (CTBF) announced today that the fair will not take place in 2011. However, the fair is scheduled to relaunch in 2012 to coincide with the scheduled IPA Congress in Cape Town. Claudia Kaiser, the director of the CTBF and VP of Business Development for the Frankfurt Book Fair released the …

Hay Festival Hosts Events in the Maldives, Kenya, Kerala

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Hay Festival folks have been busy this month, hosting festivals in both the Maldives and Kenya, with yet another planned for Kerala in November. The Maldives has been a multi-party democracy for only two years and the country’s president has set his country a target of becoming carbon neutral within ten years. Accordingly, the event in …

Unraveling the Mysteries of Nordic Publishing in Göteborg

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

• The Göteborg Book Fair, Scandinavia’s largest book event, starts this Friday, with Africa as the featured region, with more than 70 writers from the continent attending. • Scandinavian writers are hot all over the world and the fair’s timing just prior to Frankfurt offers a preview what’s likely to be featured from the Nordic countries at the big show. …

Nigeria’s Farafina Books: Publishing By Africans for Africans

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• Established in 2004, Farafina Books has become one of Nigeria’s leading independent literary publishers. With 24 titles on its list — including the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the company is leading a revolution in the movement to publish books by Africans for Africans. • Though Farafina continues to struggle against the limitations of publishing in Nigeria, notably poor …

Is the Internet Africa’s “Gutenberg Moment?”

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the pivotal role Farafina Books is playing in the changing landscape of Nigerian and African publishing. Last November, as part of African Literature Week in Oslo, Norway, Farafina owner Muhtar Bakare (pictured on the right) gave a speech in which he stated that the Internet represented Africa’s “Gutenberg Moment.” (You can read …