African eBooks to read on computer and mobile phones

By mid 2020, NENA has published and is relleing around 3,000 eBooks in all the fields covered by our African authors, half in English and hlaf in French. Most of them are in ePub and HTML format, for local or online reading, and on any medium (computer, tablet, smartphone, eBook reader). More complex works are in interactive PDF format. All of them offer a rich hypertext navigation feature.


African tales and stories to listen to

What could be more relevant in a continent characterized by the tradition of oral communication than to have access to digital books, not only to read, but also to listen to? NENA offers its collection of African fables and tales in audiobooks, to be downloaded on an MP3 player, or listened to online.


The site where to find African authors

All eBooks and audiobooks published by NENA are available on its African Digital Bookstore site, along with those published by other French and English-speaking African publishers. More than 3,000 titles are planned for 2020. The interface, which is responsive to mobile devices, is deliberately sober and free of any commercial aggression, and offers advanced search functions (by thematic classification, index, full-text search, filtering, similar documents), allowing quick retrieval of records. Several means of payment are offered, including offline purchase, before downloading or reading online.


Subscribe to read everything in the year

Our digital libraries are the simplest and most economical way for students, scholars, researchers, professionals and managers to access our eBook catalogue. Accessible from the ADB, they bring together our digital publications by domain: literature, social sciences, art and culture, youth, law, etc. They can be consulted online from our bookshop site on a subscription basis. Some digital libraries for primary and secondary schools are available on the eBook readers.


A portable personal library on your phone

With our African Digital Library (ADL) mobile application, every reader has access to more than a thousand digital books and audiobooks in all fields: novels, stories, poetry, youth, history, society, philosophy, etc., written by great African classic authors and those of the future. The application is simple to use, allows for a sophisticated search and offers a user-friendly display for connected reading. All this for a very modest monthly or annual subscription. Available on Google Play in early 2022.


African Documentary Heritage in Open Access

Commercially published books do not constitute the totality of Africa’s written heritage. For theses, dissertations, conferences, research reports, and any other type of document of the “grey literature” or “archive” type, NENA offers its service of creation, hosting and dissemination of African archive collections. In 2020, a first fund, that of the influential Egyptian economist Samir Amin, has been open for free consultation.


Places of culture and knowledge for the people of Africa

The ultimate goal remains the accessibility and reading of African works. Digital is not everything and there is still room for traditional libraries. So NENA offers its service of setting up physical libraries with its computerized catalogue. In 2018, NENA inaugurated the People’s Development Library in Dakar with its partners. Some 5,000 documents have been catalogued there, and the layout was designed and built. A multimedia room was set up with eBook readers and online access to NENA’s digital libraries.


African scholarly publishing made easy

African researchers in universities and research centres need vehicles for the dissemination of their research results. To promote the dissemination of knowledge produced in Africa, NENA offers a management platform for the production of peer-reviewed journal. Digital articles are then disseminated through NENA’s online bookstore and digital libraries. Issues of a journal can be assembled and formatted for printing.


For people with visual impairments

Digital technology is now breaking down barriers to reading for the blind and visually impaired, particularly children and students. As a responsible publisher, NENA is committed, in collaboration with African institutions and associations in the sector, to the production and distribution of African ebooks accessible to the visually impaired. NENA has even improved the method in the production of complex accessible ebooks already used by blind students.


For distance education and learning

A courseware is a digital publication of a particular type, structuring the material of a course, and with multiple links to resources and activities. For NENA, moving from an ebook to an even more interactive courseware, with multimedia and quizzes, is a natural exercise. Its courseware on social entrepreneurship is already used by a virtual school. NENA integrates its courseware into a Learning Management System (LMS) platform to complement the learning content with pedagogical management (enrolment, teacher-learner interactions, monitoring and evaluation).