Reading Around the Globe: Chinelo in Nigeria
Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series and catch up on previous interviews on the master post.
- What is your name? Chinelo
- Blog URL? https://bookedunicorn.com/
- Twitter handle? @Booked_Unicorn
- Where do you live? Nigeria
- Do you find that there is a culture of reading where you live? If not, tell us a bit how you came to be one! Yes there is and it’s growing rapidly.
- What kinds of books do you enjoy reading? Fantasy, YA, NA, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Afro-Futurism
- Have you always been a reader? Yes
- Do you also read books published in your native language/published locally to you? If so, tell us a bit about what kinds of books are published in your country! English is the primary language we speak, but sadly I cannot read any books in my Native tongue they are mainly published for schools as a tool for learning the language.
- Are there libraries where you live? If so, what kinds of books can you find there? Are you able to get the books that you want? There is a British council here but I am yet to explore it fully the last time I went there they had a wide range of children’s books.
- How prevalent are English published books where you live in bookstores? (For example, books printed by HarperCollins.) They are a lot of English published books here however..bookstores tend to have only bestsellers
- Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss to request electronic galleys for review? If so, what kind of success rate would you estimate for you personally? Yes i use both, as do success rate I would say 60%.
- Do you experience hurdles or barriers to access for the kinds of books that you read? Please explain if so. Mainly the shipping fees to be paid are expensive and there aren’t a lot of traders that have them.
- If you could make one change to the publishing landscape, what would you do?
Consider publishing houses in African countries too.
- Help other international bloggers out… What resources do you use to obtain the books that you want to read? Amazon and AbeBooks
- Do you have any other experiences as a reader around the world that you would like to share? We have Book festivals in Lagos and Abuja and they are fun I am happy that they portray works from African writers. I encourage people to check them out too.
Please note that all experiences reflected in the interviews are personal and are not meant to generalize what reading access is like in each country. If you are interested in participating please DM me on Twitter.
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