• 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)
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Thematic axes

As we have attempted to demonstrate thus far, digital publishing displays considerable dynamism and diversity within the developing world. Below we will rearrange these geographical results along the following recurrent thematic axes – technologies, the human factor and the R&D variable. This will allow us to broaden the proposals already outlined in each region and draw [...]

Technological infrastructure

From the point of view of technology, there are four prime movers that continually crop up: POD, online platforms, e-readers – and tablets – and mobile phones. POD, which is relatively strong in Latin America, is less widespread in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab world, in spite of the important advance this tool might represent in countries [...]

The human factor

Technologies are, of course, a key component of the topic that concerns us. But at the same time, it is essential to pay attention to the people who will use them, and this is where the importance of working on the human factor becomes apparent. We must point out in this regard that numerous publishers [...]

Research and development. A laboratory for publishers from the South

If the countries of the South face difficulties when it comes to producing infrastructures and knowledge that are in tune with local possibilities, what is missing to a large extent is the research and development (R&D) variable. States and companies from the North have been investing in this area for decades, which explains their enormous [...]

Action plan

As we have repeatedly pointed out, it isn’t necessary to wait for the South to catch up with the North in terms of technology; on the contrary, it can advance with the materials already available. Of course, it would be extraordinary to obtain 80% Internet penetration in Africa or huge investments in infrastructure throughout the [...]

The end, a beginning

We did warn in the introduction that analysing digital publishing in developing countries would be a complex undertaking, although a fascinating and inevitable one. The object of study has shown to be so unpredictable that the research itself leads us to demolish clichés and build conceptual bridges between seemingly unconnected areas. This may give some [...]