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“African publishers are not just in business, they are part of the process of change.”

Talent Nyathi - Africa Community Publishing and Development Trust, Zimbabwe

“A library is a collection of possible futures.”

John Barth, Browsing



Foresight For Development turns the spotlight on the future of books and libraries.

Featured in Bibliozone this month is a collection of publications related to books, ebooks, publishing, libraries and what to expect in the future. The selection of documents is partial and based on accessible material. Therefore, we would like to invite everyone to supplement our library with additional materials.


From our FFD library:

Here are the publications available in our library:



Keynote Speech: Technology and the Future of the Book
Transcript of keynote speech delivered at Information for Change


Digital Publishing in West Africa: Technology and the Future of the Book
Full Review of Information for Change


Do Books have a Future? An Interview with Robert Darnton
Professor Robert Darnton from the Harvard University was interviewed by Rhys Tranter, a PhD candidate at Cardiff University.


Africa: Online Comics African Style
Nigerian blogger Bunmi John Oloruntoba developed an innovative way of storytelling involving crowdsourcing and comics


Technology and the Future of the Book: A NITDA perspective
A Paper Presented by Inye Kemabonta, Director Standards and Regulation NITDA at the Nigeria International Book Fair


The Future of Indigenous Publishing in Africa
A Seminar Report By Wendy Davies


The Future of Publishing: A Report on Innovation and the Future of the Book
How can companies in publishing compete with the likes of Amazon, Apple and Google? How can they use innovation to stay ahead of the game? Media Futures investigates and in the next stage of the Report, researched with Plymouth University, will look further into the journey of the businesses involved in the Future of Publishing programme, sharing insights, how-tos and advice.


Future of Books

Future of Publishing

Future of eBooks

Future of Libraries

Also look at…

Back to the Future - Published in 1982


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