Find Printing and Publishing expertise in Kenya
The largest book publishers are educational publishers, notably East African Educational Publishers (EAEP), Longman Kenya, Macmillan Kenya and Oxford University Press, all except EAEP having affiliations with large international groups.
Kenya is placed 96out of 144 countries on the Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13 with an intellectual property protection score of 3.1 out of 7.0. In comparison, neighbouring country Ethiopia is ranked 66 with a score of 3.6. Some of the main publishing houses in Kenya include Focus Publishers Ltd., Scepter Publishers Kenya Limited and WordAlive Publishers Limited; the latter two publishing mostly religious texts. East African Educational Publishers is one of the largest Publishing Houses in Africa and publishes a variety of products including theory and criticism of African Literature.
The Kenya Publishers’ Association is the trade body for book publishers in the country. They encourage wide spread appeal for printed books throughout Africa. They also organise The International Nairobi Book Fair which is held every year. The 17th Fair was in September 2014 and held workshops and seminars, book launches and various presentations.
There is a well-established printing industry, producing newspapers, magazines and books. Rodwell Press Ltd is one of the oldest members of the print industry and is based in Mombasa and Nairobi. Preview Printers and Stationers are one of the country’s smaller printing houses, providing printing services to small businesses in Kenya. There has been a large growth in Kenya’s printing industry over the past ten years due to the demand for school books driven by the introduction of free primary education which began in 2002. Despite this, many printing businesses could be in danger due to the cost of borrowing money. Most of the paper in Kenya is imported, despite the country having a paper factory, Pan Paper. The price of importing paper has risen in recent years putting a strain on some on some of the country’s printing houses which rely on imported paper supplies.