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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.

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. Whilst 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



  • Centre Panfricain de Prospective Sociale/Pan-African Social Prospects Centre, Porto-Novo




The Gambia

  • CenMEDRA, Centre for Media and Development Research in Africa, Bakau
  • Educational Services, Serekunda


  • Afram Publications (Ghana) Ltd, Accra
  • Amanza, Accra
  • Association of African Universities, Accra
  • Freedom Publications, Accra
  • Ghana Universities Press, Accra
  • Sankofa Educational Publishers, Accra
  • Sedco Publishing, Accra
  • SEM Financial Training Centre Ltd., Accra
  • Sub-Saharan Publishers, Accra
  • Third World Network – Africa, Accra
  • Woeli Publishing Services, Accra




  • Central Africana, Zomba
  • Chancellor College Publications, Zomba
  • Luviri Press, Mzuzu
  • Mzuni Press, Mzuzu
  • Kachere Series, Zomba

Mali Republic

  • Editions Yeelen


  • Editions VIZAVI, Port Louis
  • University of Mauritius Press, Réduit


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



  • African Heritage Press, Lagos
  • The Book Company Ltd., Lagos
  • Books and Gavel, Lagos
  • Bookbuilders: Editions Africa, Ibadan
  • Compumetrics Solutions, Lagos
  • Concept Publishers, Oyo State
  • CSS Ltd, Lagos
  • Enicrownfit Publishers, Ibadan
  • Fourth Dimension Publishing Co. Ltd., Enugu
  • FrontPage Media, Lagos
  • Handel Books, Eastern Nigeria
  • Heinemann Educational Books (Nigeria) plc, Ibadan
  • Ibadan Cultural Studies Group, Ibadan
  • Ibadan University Press, Ibadan
  • Kwara State University Press, Malete
  • Kemuela Publications, Port Harcourt

  • Kraft Publications, Lagos

  • Maiyati Chambers, Lagos
  • Malthouse Press Ltd., Lagos
  • M & J Grand Orbit Communications, Port Harcourt
  • New Horn Press, Ibadan
  • Niyi Osundare, Ibadan
  • Obafemi Awolowo University Press, Ile Ife
  • Onyoma Research Publications, Port Harcourt
  • 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
  • West African Book Publishers, Ltd, Lagos
  • Women’s Heath & Action Research, Benin City 


Sierra Leone

  • PenPoint Publishers, Freetown


South Africa


  • JAN Publishing Centre, Mbabane
  • TTI Publishing Ltd, Mbabane




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


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