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

In Children's, Growth Markets by Tolu Ogunlesi

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 …

Iraqi Books Hit the International Market for First Time Since the War

In English Language by Chip Rossetti

• Iraq’s publishing and bookselling industry has been damaged by decades of war, sanctions and violence. • However, Baghdad’s al-Muthanna Library — a traditional Iraqi publishing and bookselling powerhouse — has just released its first catalog of fiction and non-fiction titles for the international market since the war. By Chip Rossetti BAGHDAD: Founded in 1936, the al-Muthanna Library in Baghdad …

Is Retail Distribution the Missing Link to Improving the Image of Self-published Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article by Amy Edelman discusses why she launched IndieReader.com, a web site curating self-published books and offering the best for sale. She notes that self-published books suffer primarily from an “image” problem in so far as they are not perceived to be of the same quality as titles put out by traditional publishers, even though …

Why is Indie OK for Musicians and Filmmakers…But Not for Writers?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• Amy Edelman believes that self-published books deserve more attention from readers and retailers. • She developed IndieReader.com, a website that curates and sells self-published books. The site is launching a service to distribute these titles to independent bookstores. By Amy Edelman Why is it that indie movies like The Hurt Locker and indie bands like The Shins win tons of …

Nigeria’s Farafina Books: Publishing By Africans for Africans

In Feature Articles by Belinda Otas

• 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 …

The Forthcoming Argentinean E-book Market

In Growth Markets by Octavio Kulesz

• At this time, very few people in Argentina own e-readers, and suppliers have yet to develop a formal electronic market. • Success in the e-book market is most likely to come from new companies with business models that are distinct from their U.S. and European counterparts. By Octavio Kulesz The Argentinean publishing sector experienced an impressive boost in the …