Tue, 01 Jun 2021 - 12:33 GMT
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CAIRO – 1 June 2021: The International Publishers Association announced Tuesday accepting proposals for projects to develop a culture of reading outside the classroom in Africa.
This comes within the grant program of the African Publishing Innovation Fund, which amounts to $200,000 channeled for the best ideas that aim at making books available to larger segments of Africans.
The African publishing sector is known for its strong inclination towards educational content which accounts for 90 percent of sales in some African markets, where reading is widely seen as a way for education or learning professional skills.
Many African publishers are also overly dependent on selling printed textbooks to governments. It is a single-track business model that has led to the collapse of the publishing industry in Africa following the closure of schools due to the global pandemic and the trend towards distance learning.
In response, the African Publishing Innovation Fund in 2022 will focus on instilling a culture of reading with the aim of attracting a wide range of innovative ideas aimed at advancing the publishing sector in Africa through the development of the publishing value chain: Authors, illustrators, translators, literary publishers, booksellers, distributors, etc., or increasing access to books through various concerned channels such as public libraries.
During the period from June 1 to August 31, 2021, entrepreneurs and innovators in Africa can pitch their ideas on the African Publishing Innovation Fund website:www.apinnovation.fund.
They will then be asked to fill out the participation form and then re-upload it to www.apinnovation.fund.
Final winners will be chosen by the African Publishing Innovation Fund Committee.