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Publishing in Africa

Cecilia Kimani

in Media and Identity in Africa

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635221
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653010 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635221.003.0009
Publishing in Africa

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This chapter argues that the major problems facing print media in most countries in Africa are the lack of media laws and regulation policies, the dwindling purchasing powers of people on the continent and an over-reliance on Western media for international news. The only sustainable approach to the growth of the book industry in Africa is the development of local publishing firms to ensure that they compete favourably with multinational publishers, the establishment of appropriate and proactive policy measures to regulate the industry, the development of institutions to provide training in publishing and the embracing of modern technologies in publishing.

Keywords: African media; publishing; print media; book industry

Chapter.  4722 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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