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The most prominent book publishers in Tanzania are educational publishers, such as Longman Tanzania, Macmillan Aidan and Oxford University Press that are affiliated with large international groups. Local publishers include Mkuki Na Nyota Publishers, based in Dar es Salaam, who mainly produce academic and general titles ranging from social sciences, children’s books and high quality art books. African Books Collective (ABC) is the main distributor in Europe and North America, with their works also being sold through online retailers such as Amazon. MPB Enterprises mainly publishes children’s books, textbooks and novels. Phoenix Publishers Ltd. is a Kenyan publishing house with partner companies in Tanzania and specialises in quality children’s books, textbooks, fiction and non-fiction.
The Publishers Association of Tanzania is the trade body for book publishers in the country.
The United Republic of Tanzania is listed on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13 and is placed 97 out of 144 countries with a score of 3.1 out of 7.0 for intellectual property protection. In comparison, bordering country Uganda is ranked 84 out of 144 countries with a score of 3.3 out of 7.0.
CODE is one of the main organisations which operate in Tanzania to help develop the book industry. The Burt Award for African Literature is co-ordinated by the Children’s Book Project, a literacy organisation and is a literary prize awarded to authors of young adult fiction in Africa. The winning titles are then distributed to schools and libraries. The Tanzania Culture Trust Fund consists of Mfuko an independent funding organisation which works to develop cultural sub-sectors in the country; language and literature is one of them.
There are numerous universities in Tanzania which made up a total student body of 143,000 in 2009 (Economic Survey 2010); University of Dar es Salaam and St. Augustine University of Tanzania are two of the public universities.
Dar es Salaam International Book Fair is an annual event organised by the Publishers Association of Tanzania (PATA) to celebrate World Book Day.
There are a number of printers producing newspapers, magazines, books and stationery, mostly in Dar es Salaam, notably Tanzam Printers and Stationers, and Tanzania Printers. National Printing Company Ltd. (NPC-KIUTA) is one of the country’s main printing companies, having been established in 1966. They primarily print educational, children’s and tertiary books.