English-Language Book Markets in Africa: A Guide for Canadian Publishers (2021)
Our new market guide, English-Language Book Markets in Africa: A Guide for Canadian Publishers, provides overviews of major and minor English-language book markets in Africa.
Prepared by expert industry consultants, Emma House and Simon Littlewood, the guide provides essential information on selling Canadian books in the continent’s English-language book markets, including:
- Key publishing activities
- Education and educational publishing
- Trade and children’s publishers
- Lists of key contacts
- Tips on publishing activities such as distribution, book fairs, and market access
- And much more!
About the Authors
Emma House is an international publishing consultant, having worked in the industry for over 20 years. She is the former Deputy CEO of the UK Publishers Association where she worked for 11 years. Prior to this, she worked for The London Book Fair at various posts including Event Manager, Head of International Development, and Key Account Manager. She has broad knowledge of the publishing industry globally and a strong network of contacts across publishers, agents, distributors, and booksellers. Co-founder of the Facebook group Publishers Without Borders, designed to bring the international community together during the COVID-19 period, her most recent activities include launching the Publishers Association’s export toolkit and managing the London Book Fair’s international hosted buyers program. She is also an advisor for the organization “Civic” on a Future Libraries project for the UK Public Library sector, the Canadian literacy platform “Simbi,” and the Sharjah Book Authority.
Simon Littlewood—adviser, consultant, and coach to a range of international book industry companies and government organizations—has held positions in trade, academic, and professional, educational, and illustrated publishing in the UK for over 30 years. A founding director of Pan Macmillan South Africa, he later took senior roles at Phaidon Press and Headline Book Publishing before becoming International Director of The Random House Group (now part of Penguin Random House) in 1997, a post he held until 2014. Simon has been closely involved in publishing education for many years, giving seminars on a range of courses, and sitting on the Industry Advisory Board of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. Since 2014, he has represented the UK Publishers Association on the Executive of the Federation of European Publishers in Brussels, and from 2014 to 2019 he fulfilled the same role at the International Publishers Association in Geneva.
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