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

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Hans Zell Publishing
Hans Zell Publishing
1980 to present, with some earlier materials
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"This new edition is much enlarged over that of 1996, now with a regularly updated web version and the focus squarely on newer publications, though classics are retained. Indexing and arrangement are clear. There are considerable data of interest to literary scholars, notably sections showcasing works on important new fields such as History of the Book or new literary authors, with detailed critical annotations to guide readers to best works, plus up-to-date details of associations of publishers, dealers, and readers of books and journals from and about Africa. An entertaining and thoughtful introduction on the progress and perils of the book in Africa by Kenyan publishing veteran Henry Chakava adds to the readability." -- Peter Limb, Research in African Literatures, Volume 40, Number 4, Winter 2009.

Coverage extends from 1980 through to 2007, although some literature published earlier has been retained because of its historical importance. Most of the material is in English, but there are also a sizeable number of entries of relevant literature in French. The bibliography aims to cover all aspects of book publishing and the "book chain" in Africa, including book marketing and distribution and the retail book trade.

The bibliography is arranged under five major parts:
(1) Serials and reference
(2) General, comparative and regional studies
(3) Country studies
(4) Studies by topic, listing material by 30 topic headings
(5) Book industry training/Self-publishing

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Library and Information Science
  • African Studies

Library of Congress Subjects:

Publishers and publishing -- Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Bibliography.
Book industries and trade -- Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Bibliography.