Are local publishers on their last chapter?

Pupils peruse titles on display at a past book fair. Kenyan publishers have been relying on schools texts to stay afloat but now, with schools shut, many face a bleak future. PHOTO FILE | NATION

What you need to know:

  • When the coronavirus reached our shores in March, some publishing firms were already suffering a cash crunch.
  • By the time schools were closed in March, publishers were yet to realise full sales for 2020, as the peak is around May.
  • The earliest salespeople can get back to work is third term of 2021 academic year — to market the books to be used in 2022.

The announcement by the Ministry of Education that schools will not open this year, and that students will repeat classes in 2021 due to the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, came as the worst news to Kenyan publishers, who were already hurting.

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