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African Books Collective (ABC) is an African owned, worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for books from Africa  - scholarly, literature and children's books. We also run the website which profiles the work of African publishers and books.

ABC is a collective owned by its founder publishers. The founder publishers elect a five-member Council of Management which meets annually. The Council of Management is responsible for setting the collective’s strategy and for its representation in the wider book and publishing world.

ABC is a UK-registered not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It has two UK non-executive directors who are legally responsible for the company. ABC seeks to be profit making on behalf of its publishers, and is non-profit making on its own behalf.



In 1985 a group of publishers met to address the constraints they were experiencing in marketing and distributing their books outside of their domestic markets. They founded ABC as a collective self-help initiative to strengthen their economic base and meet the needs of libraries and other book buyers. With initial support from funding agencies, trading began in 1989. Major remodelling of the collective took place in 2007, when it became self-financing. New opportunities afforded by the evolution of digital publishing and electronic books were seized upon, with ABC playing a key role in the digitisation of African cultural output. While adapting to changing markets and methodologies, ABC’s founding ethos and aims remain unchanged, and ABC remains a not-for-profit organisation on its own behalf.

ABC Participating Publishers





The Gambia

  • Educational Services, Serekunda


  • Afram Publications (Ghana) Ltd, Accra
  • Amanza, Accra
  • Educatioanal Logistics, Accra
  • Freedom Publications, Accra
  • Ghana Universities Press, Accra
  • Smartline Limted, Accra
  • Sub-Saharan Publishers, Accra
  • United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources, Accra
  • Woeli Publishing Services, Accra




  • Kachere Series, Zomba
  • Livingstonia Press, Mzuzu
  • Luviri Press, Mzuzu
  • Mzuni Press, Mzuzu

Mali Republic

  • Editions Yeelen


  • University of Mauritius Press, Réduit


  • Editions du Sirocco, Casablanca
  • Senso Unico Editions, Mohammedia



  • African Heritage Press, Lagos
  • Alpha Crownes Publishing, Lagos
  • The Book Company Ltd., Lagos
  • Bookbuilders: Editions Africa, Ibadan
  • CSS Ltd, Lagos
  • Fourth Dimension Publishing Co. Ltd., Enugu
  • FrontPage Media, Lagos
  • Handel Books, Eastern Nigeria
  • HEBN (Nigeria) plc, Ibadan

    Ibadan University Press, Ibadan

  • Impeccable Publications
  • Kraft Publications
  • Kwara State University Press, Malete
  • Maiyati Chambers, Lagos
  • Malthouse Press Ltd., Lagos
  • M & J Grand Orbit Communications, Port Harcourt
  • Onyoma Research Publications, Port Harcourt
  • Reamsworth Publishing, Ibadan
  • Safari Books, Ibadan
  • Saros International Publishers, Port Harcourt
  • SCRIBIO Publications, Ibadan
  • Spectrum Books Ltd., Ibadan
  • University of Lagos Press, Lagos
  • University Press Ltd., Ibadan
  • Urhobo Historical Society, New York & Lagos



South Africa




  • Bookworld Publishers, Lusaka
  • Gadsden Publishers, Lusaka
  • Image Publishers, Lusaka
  • The Lembani Trust, Zambia, Lusaka


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