Nairobi, 26 October, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Publishing is evolving, and African authors and publishers must embrace global trends to hack it on the international market, the Directress of Paulines Publications Africa (PPA), Sr. Praxides Nafula, who participated in the October 18-22 Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, has said.
The Directress of PPA, an apostolic ministry the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP), said that African authors and publishers are blocking opportunities to sell outside the continent when they choose to stick to “ancient styles” as others adopt more modern styles in publishing.
Credit: Daughters of St. Paul (FSP)
“My biggest take-away from what I saw at the Frankfurt Book Fair is the fact that publishing is evolving drastically, especially in terms of typography,” Sr. Praxides said, and added, “It was a challenge when a lady from Turkey looked at our books and said that our books looked ancient. This really kept me thinking.”
The Nairobi-based FSP member continued, “The font sizes and types we are using in Africa, and the way we design our covers is, in a way, ancient. I saw very modern styles in books that were showcased in Frankfurt. We need to move with the rest of the world.”