The Society of Young Nigerian Writers led by its President, Mr. Wole Adedoyin, on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Tabili Africa, an online print-on-demand bookstore to make its platform available to writers registered with its organization
According to a statement released by Tabili Africa on Friday, April 16, ‘Tabili Africa was established to help African writers have access to quality printing and publishing for as low as N20,000. It is our believe that this partnership with a literary organization as consistent as Society of Young Nigerian Writers, will enable us have access to thousands of writers in need of quality affordable book printing and distribution
Tabili Africa plans to make books available at the lowest cost possible to every home in Africa, while consequentially promoting the almost running comatose reading culture through its innovative technology-backed print-on-demand service.
‘The print-on-demand service ultimately ensures our authors’ titles are never out of print as we will only print copies when a buyer visits our website and orders copies. It also enables authors to fill a simple form on our website and within ten to fourteen maximum working days receive a printed copy of their book at their doorstep. These we believe will prevent authors from losing a fortune to printing thousands copies of their books with self-publishers scattered across the globe.’
The Tabili Africa service seems to be very similar to that of its US-based counterpart Amazon, which if successful might create a more reliable distribution system for African authors. Tabili Africa has its head office in Ibadan, Nigeria but can only be accessed online via www.tabili.com.ng