Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa:
A Critical Bibliography
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This much acclaimed reference resource
charts the growth of publishing and book development in the countries
of Africa south of the Sahara, as well as containing a very large
number of entries on many other topics as they relate to books and
reading in Africa, including digital media and electronic publishing.
The 762-paged print edition is now available at a special discount of 50% off the original list price, but must be ordered direct from us in order to qualify for the discount.
The online version and continually updated database,
currently containing over 3,000 records, was available separately as a
stand-alone product, but subscriptions are no longer accepted. See announcement in box above.
provide maximum currency the online version continues to be frequently
updated and expanded with numerous new entries all with abstracts, or
critically annotated of books, articles, studies, reports, and
Internet documents that have been published since the cut-off date of
the 2008 print edition, thus offering a continuing resource in the
field, and now making it the most comprehensive database on the state
of the book sector in Africa. Select blog postings, as well as video
recordings and radio/TV broadcasts are now also included on a regular
basis. Additionally, frequent updates are made to the extensive
listings of organizations and African book professional associations,
as well as agencies, networks, NGOs, and book charities supporting the
book and information sector in Africa.
previous edition published as Publishing and Book Development in
Sub-Saharan Africa: An Annotated Bibliography (London: Hans Zell
Publishers, An imprint of Bowker-Saur, 1996)
Edited by Hans M. Zell With an introductory essay by Henry Chakava
762 pp. 234x156mm cased ISBN-13: 978-0-9541029-5-1
Print edition published October 2008
Print edition only: £130.00/195.00/$260.00, now offered at a discount of 50% (i.e. £65.00/97.50/$130.00
net), but must be ordered
direct from us to qualify for the discount. Purchase at the discounted price
does not include access to the online database.
Online database: Subscription orders/renewals no
longer accepted; see announcement above regarding possible new host institution,
and availability of the database as an open access resource as from sometime in
reviews about the new edition
has been author, editor, and publisher on African topics for over
four decades. He has published several reference resources on Africa,
African literature and African studies. He was twice the winner of the
Conover-Porter Award, presented biennially by the Africana Librarians
Council of the (US) African Studies Association for "the most
outstanding achievement and excellence in Africana bibliography or
reference work". He is the founding editor of the quarterly African
Book Publishing Record, which he edited from 1975 to 2002.
Henry Chakava, who contributes a substantial introductory essay,
is Chairman of East African Educational Publishers in Nairobi. He is
widely recognized as one of the continent's most innovative and
enterprising publishers, and has amassed a wealth of experience during
a lifetime devoted to strengthening the indigenous book industries in
Africa. He is one of the most prolific authors of articles and studies
on many aspects of the state of the book in Africa, and has been the
recipient of several awards and honours.