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Book Publishing Patterns in Uganda: Challenges and Prospects

Stephen M. Mutula
Mabel M.T. Nakitto


This paper discusses the book publishing patterns in Uganda. The paper looks at the development of Ugandas book industry and assesses the factors that have impeded its growth. Current opportunities at the disposal of the industry are highlighted and the way forward outlined. Some of the factors identified as inhibiting publishing in Uganda are foreign policies, language barriers, economic status, high illiteracy rate, piracy, lack of government support, lack of national policy on book publishing, limited capital, lack of a virile national publishing association,etc. The paper also enumerates opportunities available for book publishing in Uganda,. This includes the establishment of the East African Book Development Council (EABDC), affiliation of the Uganda Publishers Association with African Publishers Network (APNET), African Book Collective (ABC and , increased enrollment of school children under the universal primary education (UPE) programme.

(African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science: 2002 12 (2): 177-188)

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