Monday, July 20, 2009

More Kiswahili, Kikuyu, Dholuo and other African languages in Google Books

In partnership with East African Educational Publishers, Google Books is now adding more books in African languages to their index. From Kiswahili, to Kikuyu, to Dholuo and Acholi, but also including oral languages such as Mbeere and Maasai, the thousands of titles published by East African Educational Publishers will be digitized and indexed on Google’s search engine and become available to users in Kenya and around the world in the next several months.

East African Educational Publishers is Africa’s leading book publisher. The house has published over 2,500 titles by renowned and upcoming African writers - including Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe, Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye. The publisher has also been instrumental in the growth of award winning upcoming young writers such as Kingwa Kamencu, Onduko Bw’atebe and Wanjiru Waithaka.

East African Educational Publishers is one of over 25,000 publishers worldwide to join the Google Books Publisher Program. Google Books has over 10 million books in the index. It includes works in over a 100 languages, and is currently available in 142 countries.

The announcement comes at the same time that the European Union is stepping up its review of Google’s book-scanning project to analyze how it might affect authors’ and publishers’ copyrights in the 27- nation bloc.

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