Citing figures that show only 14 percent of South Africans reading books, the South African Book Fair and indigenous language festivals address the issue.
The second international event in the PublisHer series featured performance, discussion, and networking at the International Publishers Association’s ‘Africa Rising’ seminar in Nairobi.
Currently, Nielsen Book tracks books sales data in one African country, but Andre Breedt says there are plans to expand sales tracking across the continent.
Delegates to the IPA Nairobi seminar will hear about the work of Puku, a foundation rushing to generate children’s books in endangered African languages.
The Copyright Amendment Bill currently in preparation in South Africa, says Copyright Clearance Center’s Michael Healy, could well be as damaging as Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act has been.
PEN Afrikaans, like the International Authors Forum, echoes the International Publishers Association in criticizing South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill.
Another copyright ‘modernization’ battle appears to be shaping up–not unlike the protracted crisis in Canada–as the IPA raises concerns over a new bill.
With more than 240,000 titles, the South African ed-tech company Snapplify is working with communications provider Econet to make ebooks available to more African readers.
Established in June 2017, the new PEN Afrikaans Translation Fund supports international publishers who successfully apply for grants to fund translation of Afrikaans works into other languages.
To counter the dominance of international fiction in South Africa, Jacana Media’s imprint Storied is raising money to publish and promote diverse, local fiction authors.