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A continent in search of publishers
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1996
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p.1-6
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"In Africa, books are rare and expensive commodities. Here, where the paramount concern remains the provision of basic needs, a book is indeed a luxury. Even though recent developments and progress in the African book industry cannot be denied, African publishing still registers at a low level on the global scale. The survival of the small number of publishers and publishing houses on the continent is threatened by multiple problems at all stages of production and distribution. To seek solutions to these problems and to improve their products and viability, Catholic publishers met last February in Nairobi. In particular, they decided to form the Association of Catholic Publishers in Africa (ACPA), for which they drew up a concrete plan of action. Through mutual aid and co-operation, they wish to improve their contribution to the development of the book in Africa, to provide a better service to the people and the Church." (abstract)
 
"An overview of the state of publishing in Africa, reviewing the major problems facing the book industries, and the role of the church and church publishers in book development. Includes some statistics of the number of publishers in Africa: secular, Catholic, and Protestant. Also reports about the establishment of the Association of Catholic Publishers in Africa (11) based in Nairobi." (Hans M. Zell, Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa, 3d ed. 2008, nr. 1720)
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