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The story of an independent Tanzanian publisher who held out against the tide

By Maria Suriano, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of the Witwatersrand
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A number of African countries boast notable independent publishing landscapes. These include South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. However, this fragile industry has long been characterised by a host of threats.

Top of these is weak copyright law enforcement which undermines potential growth. Copyright infringements reduce earnings from legal sales. They also reduce the ability of independent publishers to break even and venture into issuing new…The Conversation


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