Category: Book Biz

Books&More Sets Up Shop at Freedom Park

Paperworth Books, publishers of novels, short stories, biographies, and drama, have set up a bookshop in the iconic Freedom Park, hive of cultural activities in Africa’s largest city. The shop is named Books& More, which is not just a bookshop but a platform. Books & More is one of the several imprints of Paperworth Books, […]

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After Caroline Calloway: should ghostwriters speak out against their subjects?

By Alison Flood Natalie Beach’s tell-all about the controversial influencer wasn’t the first case of a ghost exposing their subject, following Julian Assange and Donald Trump Thirty years after ghostwriting Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz described the experience as like putting lipstick on a pig. He felt a “deep sense of remorse” […]

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Top Nigerian Publisher Reports Profit Decline

By Toyin Akinosho, Publisher, BookArtVille Learn Africa Plc (formerly known as Longman Plc) experienced a slight drop in profit between full year 2017 and full year 2018 and yet went ahead and declared a dividend larger than it did the previous year. The book publishing company, listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, made ₦208.65Million in […]

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Amazon Q2 Results: 20% Revenue Jump, Smaller Profit Increase

Second quarter sales at Amazon rose 20% over the second period of 2018, reaching $63.4 billion. Net income increased from $2.5 billion in the quarter, ended June 30, 2018, to $2.6 billion in the most recent period. The revenue gain was ahead of expectations… Click here to read full article

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Cassava Counts to The Day of Small Silence

By Damian Otugbua Cassava Republic is counting down to the day of release of A Small Silence. The publisher is releasing a short excerpt from the new novel, every day, to whet appetite for the book. Every excerpt, christened ‘A Sneak Peek’, is rounded off with a footnote that screams: Pre-order Now! The price of […]

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The Plot to “Bring Back Buchi” Emecheta

By Toyin Akinosho Sylvester Onwordi was in Nigeria early in June 2018. It was his second trip to the country in the year. “I have come back four times since my mother’s death in January 2017- and will be here again at the end of July”, he tells me, over drinks at Rhapsody’s, a smart […]

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Literary Agency And The Promotion Of The Author’s Craft And Business

By Lola Akande, PhD Introduction I thank the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) for inviting me to deliver a talk on “Literary Agency and the Promotion of the Author’s Craft and Business” at the 2018 INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR AUTHOR’S GROVE taking place in the University of Lagos. The topic is a very important one because it […]

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The Literary Agent Is A Persona Non Grata

In Nigeria’s book industry, the Literary agent can be described in the strict meaning of the Latin phrase: Persona Non Grata, to go by the opinion of Lola Akande, novelist and University lecturer. That phrase is commonly used in a context different from its meaning, which is “person not appreciated”. “Nigeria had (and still has) […]

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University Press Breaks From the Plunge With ₦1.608Billion Revenue, the Publisher Returns to Profitable Path

By Fred Akanni, in Lagos University Press Limited has stopped on its three year downward revenue track and returned back to profitability. The Nigerian maker of pre-primary, primary and secondary school textbooks and distributor of World Bank titles, earned a total revenue of ₦1.608Billion, at least ₦130Million, or 9% higher than its total earnings in […]

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Between A Well-Received Novel And A Literary Phenomenon

It is probably Donald Trump’s fault that so few recent works of fiction have become events, in the way that “A Little Life,” by Hanya Yanagihara, did in 2015, or “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, did a year later (or “Cat Person”, by Kristen Roupenian, did in December 2017). By event I mean: lovingly […]

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