Éditions Livre Sud (Édilis) was created at the initiative of African promoters in order to participate in the cultural development of Africa. Its mission is, therefore, the publication, promotion, and distribution of books. Edilis covers all areas of publishing: general literature (novels, short stories, and poetry), preschool, academic, extracurricular, literacy, and post-literacy. Édilis also has a bookstore, the Librairie du Commerce, located on the Plateau, rue du Commerce.
However, it has made literacy, the only key to development, its main project.
In fact, Édilis, concerned with the development of the country, has for several years undertaken actions with regard to teaching national languages. In collaboration with the ILA (the Institute of Applied Linguistics at the University of Abidjan-Cocody) and SIL (Société Internationale de Linguistique), Édilis has produced a series of syllabaries in national languages (Baoulé, Bete, Senufo, Diula, Kulango, Akyé, Abidji, Dan, Wobe, Mahou, Lobiri, etc.). These syllabaries make a significant contribution to the promotion of national languages.
« Édilis » fait allusion à ce que l’Afrique, de par sa richesse culturelle et sa diversité linguistique, peut apporter de spécifique au livre.