Guidelines for Fair Publishing Partnerships

Over the past few years, the predation of large companies from the North on the book trade in Africa has undergone some partnership-related changes. An evolution of practices is observable amongst the large publishing companies from the North, who do not solely rely on local publishing houses’ acquisitions, but also on establishing partnerships with local publishers. How can we guarantee that these partnerships are balances and fair? How can we ensure that publishers from the South do not “sell their souls” through collaborations with large companies from the North? To complement these changes, the Alliance has drafted a little handbook of common-sense for its members, which serves as a reminder on essential checkpoints to look out for.

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