Africa has a larger presence in Frankfurt than ever this year, with a strong contingent of francophone publishers as part of the France Guest of Honor program.
From the Daily Nation: While publishers in Kenya enjoy seeing their titles win prizes like the Jomo Kenyatta Prize, some may not adequately capitalize on those wins with marketing.
Selling rights not only to other African publishers but also ‘in Europe, in North America and recently to the Arab world,’ AmaBooks presses on in Zimbabwe.
From the VOA: Amid tough economic times in South Africa, consumers are supporting a growing number of used book stores, avoiding new-book prices.
Ethiopia leads as the main recipient country in what Books for Africa describes as its biggest year of donated content. The charity is three decades old.
From Capital FM Business: Nairobi’s Longhorn Publishers is investing in a new strategy to offer digital textbooks and content for e-learning platforms.
From Nigeria’s ‘This Day’: With government, foundation, and European Union backing, a five-state literacy effort is launched at Kaduna Book & Arts Festival.
From Wasafiri and the Caine Prize: Bushra al-Fadil, whose inspirations include Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time,’ is cited for his ‘mode of perception.’
Close to 32,000 books have been shipped by Book Aid International to the African nation, the charity says, to bolster community libraries.
From the Premium Times and The Vanguard: A ‘win-win’ agreement with Norway’s national library system is expected to see Nigerian literature digitized.