PUBLISHING IN AN ELECTRONIC ERA IN NIGERIA: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

Deborah C. Eddy-Ugoji

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The elastic impetus of the Nigeria publishing industry on development cannot be overemphasized and its importance is based on the provision of the knowledge factor which is recognized as a major factor of productivity. Publishing has a long history which starts from the traditional to the recent electronic forms and has several successive stages between the traditional and electronic stages hence, has witnessed series of transformation due to technological inventions and transformations. The most recent is the electronic publishing which entails the use of electronic communications media to publish and disseminate knowledge or publications. Several benefits have been attributed to electronic publishing which include ability to reach wider population, ease of search, less cost of production, easy publication activities. Despite these benefits, electronic publishing in Nigeria has with it both challenges and prospects.If not tackled, the challenges posed by electronic publishing could hamper the development of the electronic publishing industry in Nigeria. To this end, this paper focuses onthe challenges and prospects of the electronic publishing industry in Nigeria.


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publishing; e-publishing; Nigeria; electronic era; traditional publishing

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