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Below are links to the websites – and Facebook pages, where available (click on thelogo) – of organizations (other than publishers), groups, and associations that are supportive of book and journal publishing, the ‘book chain’, and reading promotion in Africa. A number of dealers and distributors of African-published books are also included, as are links to some of the major (Pan-African) book prizes and awards, book fairs and other book promotional events, as well as a number of African literary magazines and blogs that focus on cultural and literary production in Africa.

The links collection has been fully updated (with all links verified) as at March 2021. A number of links have been deleted when we were unable to verify that the organizations were still active, or where websites have been permanently down. Over 20 new links/organizations have been added.

We only include organizations and associations that have been verified to be currently active, but please note that the websites of a number of African book trade organizations tend to suffer from frequent downtime.

Links last updated 10 March 2021.



Abantu Book Festival (South Africa)

Academic and Non-Fiction Authors' Association of South Africa

Accra International Book Festival

Africa Access

Africa Book Centre

Africa Book Link

Africa in Words

Africa Publishing Innovation Fund (International Publishers Association/IPA)

Africana Librarians Council

African Book Addict (Ghana)

African Book Publishing Record

African Book Trust (South Africa)

African Books Collective Ltd

African Journal Partnership Programme

African Journals Online  

African Library & Information Associations & Institutions

African Minds (South Africa, African University Presses project)

African Narratives (South Africa)

African Observatory of Professional Publishers

African Poetry Book Fund

African Publishers Network/APNET
Note: after being dormant for several years, APNET announced in March 2018 that it will resume activities and has launched a new website.

African Publishing Review. A Newsletter of the African Publishers Network
(Latest, as at March 2021, is vol. 1, issue 2, 2019; also available in a French version)

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

African Research & Documentation (SCOLMA)

African Story Book (South Africa)

African Studies Association - ASA Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award

African Studies Association of the UK

Africa Writes (Royal African Society)

African Writers Trust

Afrilivres. L’association des éditeurs francophones au Sud du Sahara

Afro-Asian Book Council

Afrolivresque (France)

Ake Arts and Book Festival (Nigeria)

Alliance Internationale des Editeurs Indépendants/
International Alliance of Independent Publishers

Arts Managers and Literary Activists (AMLA) Network

Association des Editeurs de Côte d’Ivoire

Association des Editeurs de Madagascar

Association for the Development of African Education – Working Group on Books and Learning Materials

Association of Nigerian Authors

Association of University Presses-Global Partner Program

Association pour la promotion des ressources éducatives libres Africaines

Association Sénégalaise des Editeurs




Bakwa Magazine

Baobab Books (Switzerland)

Bellagio Publishing Network (organization no longer active, but archive of newsletters and other resources still accessible)

Biblionef – South Africa

Bookaid International
Facebook logo

Bookdash (South Africa)

Book Bunk Project (Kenya)

Book Buzz Foundation (Nigeria)

The Bookery (South Africa)

Bookmark Magazine (South African Booksellers Association)

Book Publishers Association of Malawi

Book Publishing in Africa (Facebook Group)

Book Republic (Nigeria)

Books for the other 90%/Ondernemen voor de Andere 90 Procent

Books Live (South Africa) (Archive) superseded by

Borders Literature Online/Borders Book Reviews (Nigeria)

Brittle Paper

Brunel University International African Poetry Prize

Burt Literary Awards (CODE)




The Caine Prize for African Writing (now the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing)

Centre for the Book (South Africa)

Centre national de la littérature pour la jeunesse - La Joie par les Livres

Children’s Book Network (South Africa)

Children’s Book Project for Tanzania  (Website not accessible as at March 2021)

CODE (Canadian Organization for Development through Education)

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Culture et Dévéloppement




Direction du livre et de la lecture (Senegal)

Dramatic Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (South Africa)




East African Book Development Association (Website not accessible as at March 2021; organization currently dormant)

EditAfrica. Réflexion et information sur le monde du livre africain

Egyptian Publishers Association

Electronic Publishing Trust for Development

Ethiopia Reads




Frankfurt Book Fair. Invitation Programme for International Exhibitors

Frankfurt Rights

Friends of African Village Libraries




Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology Prize

Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Literatur aus Afrika, Asien, und Latinamerika e.V./
Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literatures

Ghana Book Development Council

Ghana Book News (Newsletter, latest issue, as at March 2021, is no. 4, 2017)

Ghana Book Trust

Ghana International Book Fair

Ghana Publishers Association (GPA)

Global Book Alliance

Global Book Marketing (Distributor/Agent for of a number of African publishers)

Golden Baobab Book Prize




Happy Readers (Zimbabwe)

Hargeysa International Book Fair (Somaliland)
(Note: In 2020 the Hargeysa International Book Fair had to be cancelled and went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)




IBBY SA (The International Board on Books for Young People-South Africa)

IFLA Africa section

Interkontinental—Writing in Migration.  African Book Festival (Germany)

International African Institute

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)

International Publishers Association (IPA)




Jacana Literary Foundation (South Africa)

Jalada. A Pan-African Writers' Collective

James Currey Prize for African Literature

James Murua Literary: Archiving Black and African Literature (Blog, Kenya)

Johannesburg Review of Books

Jozi Book Fair (South Africa)




Kenya Publishers Association

Kinderbuch Fonds Baobab/Baobab Children’s Book Fund

Kwani Trust (Kenya)




Lagos Book & Art Festival

Librairie Numérique Africaine

Lubuto Library Partners




Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature

Meabooks, Inc./Hogarth Representation (Suppliers of books from Africa; approval plans and blanket orders)

Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy (South Africa)

Mother Tongue Editions




Nairobi International Book Fair

Nal'ibali. National Reading-For-Enjoyment Initiative (South Africa)

National Book Development Council of Kenya (Website not accessible as at March 2021)

National Book Development Council of Tanzania/Baraza la Maendeleo ya Vitabu Tanzania (Website not accessible as at March 2021)

National Book Trust of Uganda (Website not accessible/hacked? as at March 2021)

National Centre for Arts & Culture (The Gambia)

Nigeria International Book Fair

Nigerian Book Foundation (Website not accessible as at March 2021)

Nigerian Publishers Association

Noma Award for Publishing in Africa (Although no longer awarded, these Wiki pages provide details of past winners of this prestigious annual book prize given to any new African-published book in three categories: literature, children’s books/juvenile and scholarly, from 1980 to 2009)




Oniocha (Online bookstore, Ghana)

Open Book Festival (South Africa)

Organisation nationale des éditeurs de livres (Algeria)

Oxford International Centre for Publishing. Oxford Brookes University




Pan African Writers’ Association

Positively African (Kenya)

Praxis Magazine for Arts & Literature

Prix Orange du Livre en Afrique (France)

Professional Editors Guild (South Africa)

Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA)

Publishers' Association of South Africa

Publishers for Development

Publishers without Borders (Tanzania, Elsevier Foundation)

Puku Children’s Literature Foundation (South Africa)




Rainbow Book Club (Nigeria)

Read African Books (sub-site of African Books Collective Ltd)

READ Educational Trust (South Africa)

Read to Rise (South Africa)

Reading Zimbabwe

Roving Heights Books (Nigeria)

Rwanda Book Development Initiative

Rwanda Publishers and Booksellers Union




Saraba Magazine/Saraba Literary Trust (Nigeria)

ScoLibris Livre solidaire

SCOLMA. The UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa

Short Story Day Africa Prize

Small Magazines, Literary Networks and Self-Fashioning in Africa and its Diasporas (UK/South Africa)

Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria

Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (South African Chapter)

Soumbala. Portail francophone du livre africain

South African Book Development Council

South African Book Fair (formerly Cape Town Book Fair)

South African Booksellers Association

South African Literary Awards

South African Writers Network

Storymoja (Kenya)

Sustainable Development Goals-SDG Bookclub Africa




Takam Tikou






Wawa Book Review (Nigeria)

Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa

Words without Borders

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)


Writers International Network Zimbabwe

Writers Project of Ghana

Writivism Festival (Uganda)




Yambeka Children Media (Namibia)




Zimbabwe International Book Fair (Website not accessible as at March 2021)

Zongo Story Project (Ghana/US)