No Easy Victories
I selected the ten books on this Ferris wheel among Africa bestsellers at Amazon.com. For Amazon's latest Africa list, updated hourly, click here
Page last updated Aug 29, 2008
About AfricaFocus Bookshop: Note from AfricaFocus Editor
This AfricaFocus Bookshop is an experiment. If it works, it will both be useful to readers and provide a modest flow of revenue needed to support AfricaFocus. If it does prove to be useful, I will put more time into expanding it and maintaining it with regular updates. That depends on whether you like it, and whether you sometimes buy a book through these bookshop links. (see below on how you can also suggest additional books to be included).
What I have done to start, using the latest tools available from Amazon, is to put up a selection of books I think AfricaFocus readers might find of interest. Some are classics, some new releases. Some I strongly recommend to readers, some I included just because they look interesting enough to pick up and look inside.
For many of these books, you can actually look inside and browse without buying the book or leaving your computer. More and more publishers are using Amazon's "look inside the book" feature. You can check out the table of contents and sample pages, almost as if you were browsing in a physical bookstore.
Like many of you, I am also concerned about the survival of local independent bookstores, and I do visit - and buy books from - the ones in Washington, DC. But the fact is that few physical bookstores anywhere - in North America, Europe, or even in Africa - have a wide range of books on African topics. So I hope you will find this on-line bookshop useful enough to browse - and perhaps to buy.
If you buy through links to Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, featured on this site, AfricaFocus will receive a small percentage of the list price as a "referral" fee. The same applies to the independent unionized bookstore Powell's Books, based in Portland, Oregon, and to Kalahari.net in South Africa. I haven't added on-line shops in other countries yet; about 50% of AfricaFocus website visitors are in the USA, UK, or South Africa, and the remaining 50% of visitors come from more than 190 other countries. But if you have a favorite on-line bookshop in another country to recommend, please let me know.
I have also included links to two key publishers and distributors of African Books, Africa World Press and African Books Collective, and of course to the website for my own recent co-edited book No Easy Victories.
Enjoy browsing and come back again!
— William Minter, Editor, AfricaFocus Bulletin