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The publishing industry is in its infancy in Samoa, especially when one discounts educational publishing, which is focused on the government and the within the National University of Samoa. For the most part English language books are imported from New Zealand and Australia; and even the majority of Samoan-language literature is published through New Zealand-based firms. Education-based publishing forms the most lucrative subsector in of the publishing industry. The main publishers which are all New Zealand-based include Cengage Learning, Learning Media, Nelson Thorne, Pearson and Oxford University Press. Many of the country’s educational institutions cannot afford books sufficient to meet demands. In the past independence for Western Samoa saw responsibility pass to the island’s own education departments, although recently New Zealand agencies have resumed production of some of their educational resources.
Samoa is not listed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13, however, the majority of Samoan publishing is completed in New Zealand which is in the top three out of 144 countries listed on the report and has a score of 6.1 out of 7.0 for intellectual property protection. Australia also has a strong rating on the report, being placed 19 out of 144 countries and with an intellectual property protection score of 5.3 out of 7.0.
The National University of Samoa is the main university on the island, based in Apia. The University of the South Pacific also has a campus here to accommodate the School of Agriculture. Due to the small size of the publishing industry, there are no local or international books fairs which occur in the country.
The country possesses one of four printing presses in the Pacific; the Goss Community Press which is housed at the Samoa Observer Newspaper Group’s building in Apia. Malua Printing Press is another main printer on the island, which also supplies the Malua Bookshop, both are situated in Apia.
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