The main aim of this paper is to examine the state of publishing in East Africa. It also attempts to review the situation in Malawi and Zambia, where the author has had practical experience in publishing and marketing. The paper focuses on the growth of the publishing industry in the East African region and how this growth has impacted on access to textbooks and trade publications. It demonstrates that there has been significant growth in the industry, especially in Kenya and Uganda. However, this growth has largely been in the area of publishing of textbooks. Funding for the rollout of curricula in the East African countries has been a blessing to publishers because the funding includes allocations for textbook purchases for both primary and secondary schools. However, this kind of publishing has sounded something of a death knell for the publication of general books such as novels and biographies. The paper also demonstrates that indigenous book-publishing firms have gained a stronger foothold in East Africa in the last ten years and edged out the multinationals. It concludes by indicating that unless the publishing model changes, general publishing will continue to be relegated to the back-burner. At the same time, publishers are challenged to embrace digital publishing, since that is where the future of publishing lies.
The 10 chapters of this first volume are intended to give a general perspective of animal building in the light of evolutionary biology, then of building in the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Levanto-Aegean, Achaemenid, Greek, Roman, Late Antique -Early Christian / Byzantine / Sassanian contexts (with a weighting towards the lesser known prehistoric beginnings and late antique end). The second volume will focus on the technical details: materials of construction, structural systems, principles of construction and forms of construction.
The work is intended as a ready reference compendium of information which otherwise would require extended research to come by. It should be of service to all students of antiquity, and a particular convenience to have on hand during archaeological field work. This volume is published in two parts, the first containing the discussion and the second more than 400 illustrations, completing the discussion.
and part-owner of the company he joined in that year, East African Educational Publishers Ltd. Active in many professional bodies, Chakava was Chairman of the Kenya Publishers Association from 1982 to 1992. He has written extensively about publishing in Kenya and Africa. Having worked with British
e is today Managing Director and part-owner of the company he joined in that year, East African Educational Publishers Ltd. Active in many professional bodies, Chakava was Chairman of the Kenya Publishers Association from 1982 to 1992. H e has written extensively about publishing in Kenya and Africa
East African Educational Publishers pp 187 ISBN 0 937033 58 8 $21.50/£11.95 This book, written by one of Africa’s leading and most respected publish- ers, provides an original and pene- trating insight into the business of publishing and the multifaceted role of the publisher. It offers much more than
Professor Niyi Osundare: “Which publisher in Nigeria talks about packaging the author, organizing literary luncheons, reading within publishing premises, autograph sessions, ‘grounding’ with literary jour- nalists? When news broke ... that the East African Educational Publishers had committed so much of
origins of library development in Africa and p o i n t up questions and problems posed for the future. Arising out of his P h D thesis, it is a most original work and focuses o n library d e v e l o p m e n t in (mainly) the countries of W e s t and East Africa w h i c h use t h e English language. His a