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What it means being an African author on Amazon

What it means being an African author on Amazon

 

Africa’s not for sissies is an oft-repeated phrase, but is Africa for authors?

The lists of renowned African authors contain all too familiar names. Why does it seem that the depth of our selection of authors is perhaps less than that of the other continents? Why do we seem to produce less authors, or is that a misconception bred from biased media coverage? Let’s have a look at what it means to be an African author.

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An author book launch - My experience at Skoobs

An author book launch - My experience at Skoobs

 

At Skoobs bookstore, Montecasino, in the heart of Fourways Johannesburg, I find myself attending the book launch of my friend (and now published author) Sonia Killik. Whilst browsing the weighted-shelves at this book-lovers Utopia I recognise several self-published titles. Seeing these books (cover-out, not spine-out nogal) on the shelves and in front of what must be hundreds of readers each day makes me feel warm and tingly.

These authors, are self-published. They have chosen a different route to publish. A lonelier route. Yet, here they are, alongside fellow authors, indistinguishable from their traditionally-published counterparts. F*ck Yeah. (For you Sonia.)

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Bookboon - Delivering a future, one free eBook at a time

Bookboon - Delivering a future, one free eBook at a time

 

Free books! Free books! I won’t lie, I feel like Oprah standing outside a public library dishing out free books to passers-by. The comparison might not actually be that far off from the truth…

 

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