• Table of contents

    • [+]Preliminaries (3)
    • [—]Introduction (4)
    • [+]Latin America (13)
    • [+]Sub-Saharan Africa (9)
    • [+]Arab World (11)
    • [+]Russia (11)
    • [+]India (11)
    • [+]China (9)
    • [+]Conclusions (6)
    • [+]Appendix (1)




Having recognized the significance of analyzing digital publishing in developing countries, it is necessary to point out that a study of this nature inevitably faces numerous obstacles.

Firstly, the digital publishing projects already under way in developing countries – some of which have had a great impact on their societies – have not yet been sufficiently promoted in the media and at global events, which forces any researcher to delve much deeper into the particular context of each country.

The problem that then arises is that, at least in these regions, classical publishers do not always see electronics as an ally but rather as a danger that threatens the very foundations of culture. This negatively affects the dissemination of autochthonous digital projects, which lose visibility in the local press and media and can only be found in other types of arena, such as conferences on technology or gatherings on Internet start-ups.

Moreover, because of the very nature of the technologies involved and the countries concerned – many of them in the midst of transformation –, digital publishing in the developing world is so extraordinarily dynamic that any investigation of the topic dating from more than two years ago becomes an archaic document. Bibliographic searches thus prove to be far more complex.

Lastly, the developing world is geographically and culturally so vast that it is scarcely possible to carry out a detailed study of the experiences undertaken in every country, which forces us to make choices that are always difficult.


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