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African scholarly publishing essays
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2006
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Oxford
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Uppsala
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273 p.
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"This volume grew out of a seminar on scholarly publishing held in Arusha, Tanzania in 2002. It was originally announced for publication as The African Scholarly Writers and Publishers Handbook, as a sequel to the much acclaimed African Writers′ Handbook published by African Books Collective in 1999, but was subsequently recast primarily as a collection of essays by book practitioners and a number of African academics. The preface to the volume offers no explanation why the original handbook concept was abandoned, although the essay collection does contain a few more practical papers such as Alois Mlambo′s ″Choosing a Publisher″, Mary Jay′s ″The Book Publishing Process″, and Charles Bewlay′s ″A Publisher′s Expectations of Academic Authors″. Also useful, published as an appendix in the book, is a reprint of CODESRIA′s Guide for Authors, a small booklet published by them in 2003 that contains a great deal of helpful guidance as well as a glossary. The collection takes stock of the current status of academic publishing on the continent. and contains a total of 25 papers, together with an index. Following two introductory essays, papers are grouped under a number of headings and sub-headings: Part 1, Perspectives: Scholars and Publishers, African-Language Publishing, Librarianship; and Part 2, Writing and Publishing; New Technologies. This essay collection offers a rich resource on many aspects of African scholarly publishing today." (Hans M. Zell, Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa, 3d ed. 2008, nr. 2312)
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