DigitalBack Books
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ABOUT US

The challenges facing the publishing industry in Africa are well known. High production costs, heavily pirated books, lack of adequate infrastructure, poorly or inappropriately stocked distribution outlets are just some of the challenges that have not nurtured or sustained a vibrant reading culture. In the west, the book trade is being challenged for the lack of diversity in books published and readily available to the public with many African and Caribbean classics being out of print. In both cases, we believe discoverability is the issue. Through partnerships and collaborations, we are championing easy access to books by and about Africa and the Caribbean because we believe in the importance of reading content that reflect one’s own identity, heritage and experience.

We are passionate about sourcing, digitizing and showcasing as many of these stories as possible from a wide range of publishers globally.

FOUNDER

The seed of Digitalback Books was planted many years ago when Heinemann announced the discontinuation of the Africa Writers Series. Recognising that Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora need to take a more proactive approach to their creative content, founder Gersy Ifeanyi Ejimofo left her career in the city to gain more hands on experience in the publishing industry. She has since worked on many projects for global publishers developing and implementing digital strategies internationally. Gersy has a BSc (Joint Hons) from the University of Birmingham and a Masters from the London School of Economics.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Olakunle Sogbein is the Managing Director of Quantum Educational Resources Ltd, based in Ibadan, Nigeria. He was the Executive Secretary (Director) of the Nigerian Publishers Association from March 2004 to March 2014. He has previously worked as a Sales Promotion Manager with Longman Nigeria Plc and as the Marketing Manager with the distributor for World Book publications in Nigeria. He has organized collective exhibitions for books published in Nigeria at international book fairs including the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Olakunle has a BSc(Hons) degree in Microbiology and an MBA. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Olakunle is a full professional member of both the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and the Nigerian Institute for Training and Development.

Katy Loffman is founder of Dandelion Digital and Rights Solutions specialising in eBook sales, rights, production and consultancy in all aspects of digital publishing. Katy's background is in rights, in mainstream trade publishing, and she has over 20 years experience of working in publishing. She also lectures on the Publishing MA at City University and has given courses at the Publishing Training Centre.

Jacqueline Auma is founder and organiser of the London Afro-Caribbean Book Club which boasts over 400 members and has been running since 2009. She organises regular events relating to books and literature in and around London and has moderated panel discussions at both Africa Writes and Black Book Swap. Jacqueline’s background is in law and when she is not reading or travelling, she manages Westlaw UK, Thomson Reuters’ flagship legal research database.

Lynette Lisk was Commissioning Editor for the African Writers Series at Pearson where she commissioned educational material for East and West Africa. Lynette has a Masters in African Literature from SOAS University where she explored diverse literary representations of African diasporic experience and taught at the Department of African Languages and Culture.