Digitalback Books has announced that it has signed a digital license agreement with the African Writers Series publisher, Pearson. The agreement will allow readers from participating institutions to access and download the African Writers Series titles from the innovative Africa focused digital platform.
The iconic Heinemann African Writers Series was launched in 1962 and played a crucial role in publishing and promoting some of Africa’s most celebrated writers. The over 300 titles in the Series include works by literary legends such as Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Flora Nwapa, Steve Biko, Elechi Amadi and many more who have influenced subsequent writing from Africa for decades.
For years, the lack of availability of the printed books to readers and academics has been a source of frustration. In 2008, only 17% of the series was said to be available in print with second-hand copies going for extortionate amounts from 3rd party sellers. Thanks to this new partnership between Digitalback Books and Pearson, the African’s literary heritage will be made more widely accessible.
The Digitalback Books platform is made available to libraries and institutions across the world.
About Digitalback Books:
Digitalback Books is a virtual library platform enabling readers access to hundreds of deliciously diverse stories from Africa and beyond. It believes in the importance of preserving Africa’s literary heritage and making it more accessible through partnerships with publishers and institutions worldwide.