Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa - A Critical Bibliography
Edited by Hans M. Zell
Hans Zell Publishing, 2008, 762 pp., £130.00/€195.00/$260.00, ISBN-13: 978-0-9541029-5-1
This most complete documentation resource on the state of the book in Africa, in its 2nd completely revised and expanded edition, available both in pirint and as a searchable electronic version, includes over 2,500 critically annotated citations, including almost 500 online resources. The new, completely revised and fully updated edition of a much acclaimed bibliography published over ten years ago, covers both print and online resources, it charts the growth of publishing and book development in the countries of Africa south of the Sahara, and includes a very large number of entries on many other topics as they relate to books and reading in Africa.
Essentially an entirely new reference work, the content and focus of this edition has been considerably recast in several ways. Annotations and abstracts, which are often quite extensive, are now more evaluative rather than descriptive. Much greater emphasis is placed on the relative significance of the material included, thus offering a more critical dimension in reviewing the available literature on the topic. The annotations aim to provide informed commentary and critical analysis, and draw attention to particularly important contributions of the literature on publishing and the book in Africa.
The new edition covers primarily material published over the last two and a half decades, 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. Additionally, there are a numerous citations on more specialist areas of publishing, such as publishing for children, journals and magazine publishing, scholarly publishing, publishing in African languages, and digital media and electronic publishing; and there are many sections on related aspects of book development, for example authors and publishing, copyright, national book policies, reading culture and reading promotion, publishing by and for women, and much more.
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