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The list below provides details of recent articles and studies on various aspects of publishing and book development in Africa.

All these papers, as well as a number published in earlier years, are now freely accessible at https://independent.academia.edu/HansZell.

“Publishing in African Languages: A Review of the Literature.”
Pre-print online version (freely accessible)
https://www.academia.edu/36334936/Publishing_in_African_Languages_A_Review_of_the_Literature Print version to appear in African Research & Documentation. Journal of SCOLMA -The UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa, no. 132, 2018.

This literature survey is an attempt to bring together some of the literature on an important and challenging, and one could well say neglected aspect of the African book sector, that of publishing in African languages. It aims to make a small contribution to the ongoing debate about publishing of indigenous language materials, how the profile of indigenous language publishing might be enhanced—and how publishing in African languages could be conducted as a societally beneficial, sustainable, and profitable commercial activity.

Following an introductory overview of current publishing in African languages – and a discussion of its many barriers to success – it lists a total of 170 records, covering the literature (in English) published since the 1970s and through to early 2018. Fully annotated and/or with abstracts, it includes books, chapters in books and edited collections, reports, journal articles, Internet documents, theses and dissertations, as well as a number of blog postings.


“Publishing & the Book in Africa: A Literature Review for 2017.”
Pre-print online version (freely accessible)
https://www.academia.edu/35877629/Publishing_and_the_Book_in_Africa_A_Literature_Review_for_2017Print version to appear in The African Book Publishing Record 44, Issue 2 (forthcoming, May 2018) https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/abpr

The third in a series of annual reviews of select new literature in English that has appeared on the topic of publishing and the book sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Extensively annotated and/or with abstracts, the present list brings together new literature published during the course of 2017, a total of 157 records. The literature review covers books, chapters in books and edited collections, journal articles, Internet documents and reports, theses and dissertations, interviews, audio/video recordings and podcasts, as well as a number of blog postings. Records are grouped under a range of regional/country and topic-specific headings.


 “The African University Press – A Gloomy Picture.”
University World News Global Edition, Issue 475 (22 September 2017).
https://www.academia.edu/34690740/The_African_University_Press_-_A_Gloomy_Picture [with Appendix added]
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20170922175606239 [Original article]
Issue 475 of University World News http://www.universityworldnews.com/index.php?page=Africa_Edition reported about a meeting hosted by Witwatersrand University Press, held in Johannesburg on 30 August 2017, that brought together a number of African scholarly publishers to discuss a wide-ranging study undertaken by François van Schalkwyk and Thierry Lüscher entitled The African University Press https://zenodo.org/record/889744#.Wcdyr7J96pp. (The database that is part of this project can be found at http://code4sa.org/african-university-presses/#all.) One of the report’s recommendations was to set up a network of university presses, as well as other scholarly publishers, to be called African Monograph Publishers Network/AMPNet, intended as a network for collaboration, experience-sharing, and advocacy. The above UWN Special Report includes a general round-up of the meeting, accompanied by a series of articles and commentary contributed by some of the participants, including comments submitted by Hans Zell (slightly edited in this version), and to which an appendix, Pan-African and regional book professional organizations, groups, and networks in sub-Saharan Africa: An inventory, has been added.


“Publishing & the Book in Africa: A Literature Review for 2016.”
Pre-print online version (freely accessible)
https://www.academia.edu/31441110/Publishing_and_the_Book_in_Africa_A_Literature_Review_for_2016
The African Book Publishing Record 43, no. 2 (2017): 120-170.
https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/abpr.2017.43.issue-2/abpr-2017-0004/abpr-2017-0004.xml?format=INT

This is the second in a series of annual reviews of select new literature in English that has appeared on the topic of publishing and book development in sub-Saharan Africa. Extensively annotated and/or with abstracts, the present list brings together new literature published during the course of 2016, a total of 164 items. The literature review covers books, chapters in books and edited collections, journal articles, Internet documents and reports, theses and dissertations, interviews, audio/video recordings and podcasts, as well as a number of blog postings, Records are grouped under a range of regional/country and topic-specific headings.


“Review Article: African Publishing Coming of Age.” 
Logos. Journal of the World Publishing Community 27, no. 3 (2016): 52-60.
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1878-4712-11112111
Pre-print online version (freely accessible)
https://www.academia.edu/26872848/African_Publishing_Coming_of_Age._A_Review_Essay 
Also at http://www.readafricanbooks.com/reviews/african-publishing-coming-of-age

A book review essay of Coming of Age. Strides in African Publishing. Essays in Honour of Dr. Henry Chakava at 70, edited by Kiarie Kamau and Kirimi Mitambo. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 2016. (distributed by African Books Collective)

Indigenous Publishing in Africa – The Need for Research, Documentation, and Collaboration.  In: Coming of Age. Strides in African Publishing. Essays in Honour of Dr. Henry Chakava at 70, edited by Kiarie Kamau and Kirimi Mitambo. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers Ltd, 2016, 141-158.

Pre-print online version (freely accessible)
https://www.academia.edu/24429073/Indigenous_publishing_in_Africa_the_need_for_research_documentation_and_collaboration (Pre-print version)


“Publishing & the Book in Africa: A Literature Review for 2015.”
Pre-print online version (freely accessible)
https://www.academia.edu/20432811/Publishing_and_the_Book_in_Africa_-_A_Literature_Review_for_2015
Also in The African Book Publishing Record 42, no. 1 (March 2016): 11-37. [Published as “Reference Resources. Publishing and the Book in Africa – A Literature Review.”]
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/abpr.2016.42.issue-1/abpr-2016-0003/abpr-2016-0003.xml?format=INT

The first in a series of annual reviews of select new literature in English that has appeared on the topic of publishing and book development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Book Donation Programmes Revisited.
http://www.readafricanbooks.com/opinions/book-donation-programmes-revisited (Posted November 2016)

This is a summary of a two-part study, “Book Donation Programmes for Africa: Time for a Reappraisal?” (see below) with extracts from its conclusions, and as well as offering some further thoughts on the topic.

“Book Donation Programmes for Africa: Time for a Reappraisal? Two Perspectives.” African Research & DocumentationJournal of SCOLMA - the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa no. 127 (2015) [Published 2017]: 3-130 (part I), 131-220 (part II).
Pre-print online version (freely accessible)
Part I:  Book Donation Programmes in English-speaking Africa, by Hans M. Zell
https://www.academia.edu/13165497/Book_Donation_Programmes_for_Africa_Time_for_a_Reappraisal_Part_I

Note: the pre-print version of the second part of this wide-ranging investigation into book donation programmes in Africa, Part II: Le don de livre, mais à quel prix, et en échange de quoi? Un regard sur le don de livre en Afrique francophone, by Raphaël Thierry (in French, with an abstract in English), can be found at https://www.academia.edu/13166294/Le_don_de_livre_mais_%C3%A0_quel_prix_et_en_%C3%A9change_de_quoi_Book_donation_programmes_for_Africa_part_2_


“How Many Books are Published in Africa? The Need for More Reliable Statistics.” 
Pre-print online version (freely accessible) 
http://www.academia.edu/4549278/How_many_books_are_published_in_Africa_The_need_for_more_reliable_statistics

Also published in The African Book Publishing Record 39, no. 4 (2013): 397-406.
https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/abpr-2013-39-issue-4/abpr-2013-0009/abpr-2013-0009.xml?format=INT


“Oxford University Press in Postcolonial Africa: A Review Essay.” African Research & DocumentationJournal of SCOLMA - the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa no. 121 (2013): 69-75.
Pre-print online version (freely accessible)
http://www.academia.edu/4246145/Oxford_University_Press_in_Postcolonial_Africa_A_Review_Essay

Also published in The African Book Publishing Record 39, no. 4 (2013): 410-413.
This is a book review essay of Creating Postcolonial Literature. African Writers and British Publishers by Caroline Davis (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013).

“Print vs Electronic, and the ‘Digital Revolution’ in Africa.” (Pre-print online version published 04 January 2013. Last updated and expanded 28 January 2013)
http://www.academia.edu/2514725/Print_vs_Electronic_and_the_Digital_Revolution_in_Africa  

Also published in The African Book Publishing Record 39, 1 (2013): 1-19.
https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/abpr-2013-39-issue-1/abpr-2013-0001/abpr-2013-0001.xml?format=INT


"Publishing in Africa: Where Are We Now? Part One: Some Spurious Claims Debunked."
Logos. Forum of the World Book Community 19, no. 4 (2008): 187-195.
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/logo.2008.19.4.187

Also at (freely accessible)
https://www.academia.edu/2514809/Publishing_in_Africa_Where_Are_We_Now_Part_One_Some_Spurious_Claims_Debunked

"Publishing in Africa: Where Are We Now? Part Two: Accomplishments and Failures."
Logos. Forum of the World Publishing Community 20, nos. 1-4 (2009): 79-90. [published in 2010, as part of combined vol. 20, issue 1-4, now published by Brill]
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/095796509x12777334632186

Also at (freely accessible)
https://www.academia.edu/2514842/Publishing_in_Africa_Where_Are_We_Now_Part_Two_Accomplishments_and_Failures


"Reviewing Reviews-A Publisher's Perspective." African Research & Documentation, Journal of SCOLMA - the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa, no. 104 (2007): 9-13.

Also at (freely accessible)
https://www.academia.edu/2643913/Reviewing_Reviews_-_A_Publishers_Perspective


For earlier articles visit https://independent.academia.edu/HansZell.

Last updated 21 May 2018.