The future of reading in sub-Saharan Africa


In a world of iPads, Kindles and more, we’re growing ever more used to seeing our books onscreen. Some of the biggest titles of the last couple of years have even come out for smartphones at the same time as they are published in print.

But what might this mean for the people from the poorest regions of the planet? The ones who struggle to get access to books in the first place, let alone have a range of formats to choose from?

That’s the subject of a seminar that Book Aid International is running at the London Book Fair on Monday 11 April. At 2.30pm in the Westminster Room, we’re bringing together our director, Clive Nettleton; Nigel Newton, chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing; Liz Kendall-Jones, director of change management company Goalquest Associates; Veno Kauaria, director of the Library and Archive Service, Namibia; and publishing consultant, Chris Paterson, to discuss the issue.

Will digital publishing leave sub-Saharan Africa behind, lacking the infrastructure and the money to make it a real possibility? Or will this new technology actually increase access to books? What do you think?

If you’re going to the London Book Fair, join us: 2.30pm in the Westminster Room, Monday 11 April. We’d love to see you there!

And if you’re unable to make the Book Fair, there’s another chance to take part in this discussion at the Book Aid International offices on Wednesday 13 April 2011.

We would love for you to join us at our premises in Camberwell, south east London to hear our guest, Veno Kauaria, Director of the Namibia Library and Archive Service in discussion with Clive Nettleton, Director of Book Aid International, exploring some of the key issues surrounding this topical subject, and how the digital future may look for sub-Saharan Africa. There will also be a guided tour of the Book Aid International offices and warehouse, light nibbles and refreshments. Places are free but donations will be encouraged on the night!

Places are limited due to our capacity so be sure to secure your place as soon as you can by sending your RSVP to Anne Race with your name, full address, and organisation and position (if relevant) or telephone her on 020 7326 5826 by Wednesday 6th April 2011, or let us know through our Facebook event page.

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