London Book Fair 2023: A Journey of African Publishing
April 24, 2023
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‘When Did Publishing in Africa Actually Begin?’

Among the first sessions of London Book Fair‘s opening day, April 18, “Journey of African Publishing” featured appearances by several prominent members of the International Publishers Association.

Speakers included:

Wafawarowa began by saying that the journey of African publishing has been very arduous, although publishing industry players today began working in the 1980s and 1990s on ground that had already been prepared for them. Today, content is increasingly coming from the continent itself, he said, and people are going through a digital transition.

Mercy Kirui, Senior Manager, Content at eKitabu speaking during the Journey of African Publishing session at LBF 2023

Publishers have started to use technology for processing and packaging, and an increasing number of platforms are being created to provide access to information. Technology can be used to assess cataloguing, to track how information is being used, and to measure the impact of what you’re providing. But “technology is not the solution to everything", said Mercy Kirui.

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