When Will E-books be the Answer for Africa’s Readers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka


By Edward Nawotka

Today’s story about Nigeria’s Cassava Republic suggests that e-books may be the perfect means of overcoming African publishing’s printing and distribution problems. Of course, as the publisher in the story notes, there still isn’t that much Internet penetration, but it is improving. At what point do you foresee e-books being a viable distribution channel for Africa, the answer for Africa’s readers?

Personally, I think it will be at a point when cell phone saturation peaks and cheaper, low-energy, high-resolution handsets become widely available. In short…not too far in the future.

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.