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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 sub-Saharan Africa. A number of dealers and suppliers 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.

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 27 November 2018.



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

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 Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

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 Madagascar

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

Association of Nigerian Authors

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 Buzz Foundation (Nigeria)

The Bookery (South Africa)

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)

Borders Literature Online/Borders Book Reviews (Nigeria)

Brunel University International African Poetry Prize

Burt Award for African Literature




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

CODE (Canadian Organization for Development through Education)

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Conakry. Capitale mondiale du livre 2017

Culture et Dévéloppement




Direction du livre et de la lecture (Senegal)

Dramatic Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (South Africa)




East African Book Development Association

EditAfrica. Réflexion et information sur le monde du livre africain

Egyptian Publishers Association

Electronic Publishing Trust for Development

Espace Afrique. Diffusion et Promotion du Livre Africain Francophone

Ethiopia Reads

Etisalat Prize for Literature
see 9Mobile Prize for Literature




Frankfurt Book Fair. Invitation Programme for International Exhibitors

Friends of African Village Libraries




Gerald Kraak Award

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 Publishers Association

Ghana Book Trust

Ghana International Book Fair

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

Golden Baobab Book Prize




Happy Readers (Zimbabwe)

Hargeysa International Book Fair (Somaliland)




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

IFLA Africa section

Imaginewe (Rwanda)

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

International African Institute

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications

International Publishers Association (IPA)




Jalada. A Pan-African Writers' Collective

James Murua’s 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

Littafcar. Intersections littéraires d'Afrique et des Caraïbes

L’Oiseau Indigo Diffusion

Lubuto Library Partners




Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature

Meabooks, Inc.

Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy (South Africa)

Mother Tongue Editions




9Mobile Prize for Literature (formerly Etisalat Prize for Literature)

Nairobi International Book Fair

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

National Book Development Council of Kenya

National Book Development Council of Tanzania/Baraza la Maendeleo ya Vitabu Tanzania

National Book Trust of Uganda

National Centre for Arts & Culture (The Gambia)

Nigeria International Book Fair

Nigerian Book Foundation
Note: Founded in 1990, and after being dormant for several years, the Nigerian Book Foundation has now recommenced activities and has launched a new website.

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)




Open Book Festival (South Africa)




Pan African Writers’ Association

Pavillon des Lettres d’Afrique (France)

Praxis Magazine for Arts & Literature

Presses universitaires d'Afrique

Prix Orange du Livre en Afrique (France)
(See also the announcement about this new award, which will honour the best work of francophone fiction by an African writer and published in Africa.

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)

Puo (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




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 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)




Takam Tikou






Wawa Book Review (Nigeria)

Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)


Writers International Network Zimbabwe

Writers Project of Ghana

Writivism Festival (Uganda)




Yambeka Children Media (Namibia)




Zimbabwe International Book Fair

Zongo Story Project (Ghana/US)