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 BPN Newsletter Issue No 31, November 2002 



compiled by Sulaiman Adebowale
Readers are welcome to review any of the publications, and are also encouraged to send us reviews of publications covering publishing and book development issues.

The Book Chain in Anglophone Africa: A survey and directory, Roger Stringer (ed) ISBN 1 902928 11 3, xii + 258 pp 2002 INASP, Oxford, £30.00. 27 Park End Street, Oxford, UK. +44 (0) 1865 249909 (tel), +44 (0)1865 251 060 (fax), email:;

This book looks at the book chain in English-speaking African countries. Four introductory articles review the overall situation on the continent and 17 studies explore the book chain within each Anglophone country. It also provides a bibliography of the book chain and a directory with a listing of the major players in the book chain in each country within Africa. These include professional associations, publishers, printers, booksellers, libraries, and regional and international bodies supporting book development on the continent.

Contributors include Anne Powell, Diana Rosenberg, Mamadou Aliou Sow, Roger Stringer, and Paul Tiyambe Zeleza.

Copyright ISBN 92-805-1036-X, 12 pp 2001, and Trademarks ISBN 92-805-0962-4, 12 pp 2000. Published by agreement between the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). INDECOPI, Calle de la Prosa 138, San Borja, Lima 41, Peru. email:; WIPO, 34, chemin des Colombettes, 12111 Geneva 20, Switzerland, +41 22 3389111 (tel), +41 22 733 5428 (fax), email:;

These two comics books attempt to make the debates and issues around copyright and trademarks clearer to the general public. Drawing on common examples and everyday situations, the publications simplify the complexities in issues such as the various forms of copyright and trademarks, authorship, employer and employee rights, literary and artistic creativity, piracy, remuneration, fair use, etc. The publications address both the creator and consumer of artistic works.

Textbook and Learning Materials 1990-99: Thematic Studies Series, ED.2001/WS/25, 72 pp 2001. UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France. +33 1 45 68 10 00 (tel), +33 1 45 68 56 29 (fax), email:;

This is the fourteenth study in the Thematic Studies Series. It is a re-issued version of the original study published by UNESCO for the International Consultative Forum on Education for All, as part of the Education for All 2000 Assessment prepared for the World Education Forum held in Dakar, Senegal in April 2000. The study was co-ordinated by the UK Department for International Development and UNESCO, and led by Ian Montagnes.

Six chapters, 13 tables and a list of bibliography and references look at various aspects of book provision between 1990 and 1999. Issues explored include global trends, regional developments in the South, and Central and Eastern Europe, the experiences gained from previous eras, and a projection on the possibilities for future trends and scenarios.

The African Book Publishing Record vol. XXVII no. 1 2002, ISSN 0306-0322. Annual subscription: £185/$295 /DM578. K.G. Saur Verlag GmbH, Orlestrasse 8, 81373 Munchen, Germany. +49 89 769020 (tel), + 49 89 76902150 (fax), email:;

The ABPR compiles bibliographic listings of book publishers or subsidiary companies in Africa. It covers books, pamphlets, reports and series titles in English, French and some African languages. It serves as a supplement and update of the African Books in Print (fifth edition, London: Bowker-Saur, September 2000).

La Revue des Livres pour Enfants 203, 2002. La Joie par les Livres, ISSN 0398-8384, 184pp, February 2002. 43 euro (Europe), 50 euro (overseas). av. Générale de Gaulle, 92147 Clamart Cedex, France. +33 1 40831462 (tel), +33 1 40940404 (fax), email:

Issue no. 203 of the journal covers articles, reviews and analyses on children’s literature in the world. In a new design and publication format, La Revue des Livres Pour Enfants is now structured around three main areas: critique, dossier, and actualité. This issue contains a focus on children’s literature in Italy, the theme country at the Salon du Livre de Paris 2002.
Issue no. 204b includes a report of a study on the usage of the children’s section in libraries and multimedia centres, and articles on writers such as Paul Auster (Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story) and the recently deceased renowned children’s literature writer, Astrid Lindgren.

Issue no. 205 covers an interesting collection of articles on memory and transmission. It deals with mechanisms influencing how individual and personal memories are formed and their implications for collective memory. It looks at the writers and librarians, archivist and other chroniclers of events and history, and the role of children’s literature and education in forming perceptions of reality, the present, the past and the future. It also includes a series of homages to the late French publisher Pierre Marchand who died earlier in the year.

Issue no. 206 analyses issues around the new prominence on the construction of a literary culture based on children’s literature, by questioning the very concept of the ‘literary’: its message and subject, and the place and value of children’s literature within the wider literature.

African Publishing Review, ISSN 10297618 1998 APNET, Harare. Annual subscription inside Africa $30/£20 (airmail $35/£25), outside Africa $50/£35 (airmail $60/£40) from APNET, PO Box 3773, Harare, Zimbabwe. +263 4 706196/7 (tel), +263 4 705106 (fax), e-mail:

Vol. 10 no. 4, 2001. The issue explores copyright piracy in Nigeria, developments in Ethiopian publishing, small language group publishing, and interviews with two renowned writers, Ahmadou Kourouma and Aminata Sow Fall.

Vol. 10 no. 5, 2001 focuses on using print on demand, how to embark on electronic journal publishing, and how to effectively manage pricing in book production. It also contains the APNET training and trade events calendar for 2002 and news on awards for African writing.

Vol. 10 no. 6, 2001 looks at the reading campaign and efforts at promoting children’s books in South Africa. An invaluable piece by S. Rhandika Meno looks at taboo and subject matter in children’s books and how publishers promote censorship and intolerance by basing their views on what the writer regards as a warped concept of multiculturalism based solely on westernized morality. Other articles cover electronic journals and subscription agents, resources for editors and a report on the book fair in Zambia.

Vol. 11 nos. 1 and 2, 2002 focus on issues around copyright and piracy and the 5th IPA Copyright Conference held in Accra, Ghana, 20-22 February 2002. The conference with the theme, ‘encouraging creativity through copyright protection’, was organized by the African Publisher Network and the International Publishers Association. These issues also include reports on APNET’s training initiatives and participation in book fairs in Cairo, Egypt and New Delhi, India.

NATNET LANKA NEWSLETTER Vol. 5 No. 2 December, 2001 and Vol 6 No 1 ISSN 1391-2658. National Library and Documentation Centre, 14 Independence Avenue, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. +94 1 685203 (tel), +94 1 685201 (fax), email:;

This is a bi-annual newsletter on library and information networks in Sri Lanka published by the National Library and Documentation Centre. It commenced publishing in 1997. The newsletter covers events and seminars around library and book provision in the region. [end] [BPN, no 31, 2002, p. 23.]

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