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message 1: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Here's a very interesting article about e-books in Africa. Do any members have any experience with e-books in Africa?


message 2: by Manu (new)

Manu (manuherb) | 166 comments Self-promotion permitted?

My novel, Ama, a Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, was first published as an e-book way back in 2001. That edition is currently available for the Kindle at:

http://www.amazon.com/Ama-ebook/dp/B0...

Incidentally, a new African print edition was published by a different publisher, Techmate, in Accra early this month, November 2010.


message 3: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Manu wrote: "Self-promotion permitted?

My novel, Ama, a Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, was first published as an e-book way back in 2001. That edition is currently available for the Kindle at:

http://www...."


yes; actually--that could be very interesting information for other african authors or other member-authors who have readers in africa...how do you feel your e-book is selling in Africa compared to the paper version? is there any way to know? do you read e-books yourself, Manu?

i've recently gotten a device that i use for reading e-books and i am surprised at how much i enjoy it. in fact, i have an e-version of your book. i didn't realize you had originally published that way in 2001! you are way ahead of the times! :D

i am hoping that African publishing houses will make e-versions of contemporary African literature widely available through B&N, Kindle, and iBooks. not to mention literary magazines. i would subscribe to more things if that were the case.


message 4: by Nina (new)

Nina Chachu | 207 comments Re ebooks in Africa: take a look at the Worldreader website which is at http://www.worldreader.org/ which is a project using Kindles in Ghanaian schools.

Some books for this project have already been uploaded onto the Amazon Kindle store http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

Whether this project will go the same way of the OLPC is a big question mark...


message 5: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 660 comments Nina, please relieve my ignorance. What's OLPC?


message 6: by Nina (last edited Nov 30, 2010 11:53PM) (new)

Nina Chachu | 207 comments Andrea wrote: "Nina, please relieve my ignorance. What's OLPC?"

Oops, pardon the jargon! OLPC - One Laptop Per Child - which was/is an initiative to get cheap - ie less than $100 - laptops to children in the developing world. The laptops that have been produced are cheapish - less than $200 - but the project doesn't seem to have worked really well, for all sorts of reasons. For an introduction, see the Wikipedia article or just search for it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLPC


message 7: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Andrea, i'm curious: are you guys considering e-readers for your school in Kenya? if i shouldnt ask questions like that right now i'll zip it. :D

the kids in ghana looked really happy with their kindles!


message 8: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 660 comments We hadn't even considered e readers. I had already decided the OLPC(thanks for abrev. Nina) wouldn't work very well as electricity is expensive and not widely available. My other concern was theft and reselling. Public phones, when they were installed even in school compounds,were quickly dismantled. How long would a child be able to keep a laptop in his/her hands? BUT, I'm not averse to using ebooks at some point, if we could ever afford workable readers.

Our family talked about using ereaders for newspapers in Kenya, where reading newspapers is a bit of an obsession. We thought maybe people wouldn't care to spend that kind of money on a personal reader as reading in a group and passing the newspaper around to friends is part of the fun. But nearly everyone has a mobile phone, so time will tell whether people will use them eventually in place of newspapers.


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