Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa:
A Critical Bibliography
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.
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To 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
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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
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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.