Piracy concerns ahead of ZIBF

This year’s Zimbabwe International Book Fair is due to kick off on July 30, amid growing concerns that book piracy is threatening the industry.

A stall at last year’s Zimbabwe International Book Fair.
A stall at last year’s Zimbabwe International Book Fair.

The Fair will be held under the theme”African Literature in the Global and Digital Era” and opened by the Education, Arts,Sports and Culture Minister, David Coltart. Midlands State University Vice Chancellor, Ngwabi Bhebhe, will deliver the keynote address.

While addressing journalists in the capital recently, ZIBF Chairperson, Musaemura Zimunya, condemned book piracy, saying the trend was affecting writers andthe book industry.

“Our writers and publishers are facing major challenges from book pirating and we are going to address this issue during the fair,” said Zimunya. He singled out school heads as the main culprits.

“They only buy onebook and go on to photocopy it for the entire school. This has seenpublishers’ sales figures going down,” he added.

This year’s theme reflects a desire to move with the times as it looks into digitisation in educational and literary publishing, bookselling and archiving to complement e-learning.

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