Footnote is the largest digital publishing event in Africa and is dedicated to tackling the real issues facing publishing today.

Footnote Summit aims to be as practical, flexible and current as possible, so that as the digital publishing industry evolves with each year so do our strategies. It is the largest digital publishing event in Africa and is dedicated to tackling the real issues facing publishing today, and looking at new technology and solutions to bring about the change that it needs to excel. The 2015 Footnote Summit discusses the future of the eBook, where we are heading and how to get there.

I was impressed with the first ever Footnote, the speakers were compelling clearly amazing things are going on in SA. These sorts of events bring on change for the better. Keep up the trailblazing!

- Mark Jackson, Datalogics Inc.


If you are interested in speaking at Footnote, please send your proposed topic and speaker profile to

2015 speakers will be announced soon!

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    Tarryn-Anne Anderson is one of the co-founders of Book Dash, a project that connects writers, illustrators, and designers to make free and open children's books. Book Dash believes that children need access to good quality stories, about characters they can relate to, in English and their home language. Their volunteers are creative professionals who donate their skills and talent to create books that can be freely printed, translated, and distributed. Tarryn also works with the team of wizards at Snapplify, striving to find new and innovative ways of making digital books more accessible in emerging markets.

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    Alexander Nderitu

    Digital Novelist

    Nderitu Books

    Alexander Nderitu is a Kenyan novelist, playwright and poet. In November 2001, he became Kenya's first ‘digital novelist’ with the Internet publication of his suspense thriller, ‘When the Whirlwind Passes’. He has since authored three more works of fiction and four non-fiction papers. He has been nominated for various awards, including a Douglas Coupland Short Story Award for his spy story ‘Life as a Flower’ (2004) and a Theatre Company prize for his comedic stage play ‘Hannah and the Angel’(2007).

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    James Murua


    The Star

    James Murua is a blogger, journalist, editor and columnist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the editor of social pages of The Star newspaper the fastest growing news publication in the East African region. He also writes a column with the same newspaper called “Nairobi living.” It included a must read bar review section and a humour filled look at the week that was was voted by The Star readers as “Column of the year 2009.” He has had work published in Kenyan publications including Management, Sokoni and Adam.

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    Wesley Lynch



    Wesley Lynch is Founder and CEO of Snapplify, a leading global digital publishing solution that enables publishers to sell and distribute their content via mobile and web. As the founder, Lynch has been instrumental in the growth and development of the business. The team at Snapplify have built up the brand and begun targeting publishers in emerging markets to embrace e-books. Snapplify is working with publishers such as Macmillan, Random House, Kotobarabia, Boom Studios, Packt Publishing, Pearson and more.

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    Will Clurman



    Will Clurman is co-founder and CEO of eKitabu, East Africa’s leading distributor of digital content.  With the largest collection of ebooks from Kenya's educational publishers, all approved for the Kenyan national curriculum, eKitabu delivers solutions for schools going digital. Before co-founding eKitabu, Will worked since 1993 on Internet projects, software, telecommunications and new media. He has held leadership roles in product development, business development, marketing and sales for pioneers Netscape, TimeWarner, Openwave, and Cloudmark. In 1990 he taught in the Cleveland Public Schools.

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    David Waweru


    WordAlive Publishers

    David Waweru is an author, entrepreneur, trainer and blogger. David helps individuals and organisations unleash their full potential, and lifts them to dream bigger dreams. He is the Founder and CEO of WordAlive Publishers and the Chairman of Kenya Publishers Association. David earned his MBA from Curtin Graduate School of Business in Perth, Australia. He has been a Golden Gloves amateur boxing champion, a high school science teacher, a science editor, and a leader on the Boards of several organizations. David enjoys reading, travel and discovery, and hiking. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife and two children.

The Schedule


08h00 - 08h30:
08h30 - 08h45:
Welcoming Address
08h45 - 09h15:
Keynote Speaker : Tarryn-Anne Anderson
PaperPixels: Addressing the challenge of access in the African college context
09h15 - 10h00:
Panel Discussion
What does the future of the book look like?
10h00 - 10h30:
Morning Coffee Break
10h30 - 11h00:
Keynote Speaker
11h00 - 11h45:
Panel Discussion
The shift in eBook Business Models
11h45 - 12h30:
Panel Discussion
Why is technology disrupting publishing and is it a bad thing?
12h30 - 13h30:
13h30 - 14h00:
Keynote Speaker
14h00 - 14h45:
Panel Discussion
Where does the digital publishing market currently sit and what are tomorrow’s opportunities?
14h45 - 15h15:
Keynote Speaker
15h15 - 15h45:
Afternoon networking coffee
15h45 - 16h30:
Panel Discussion
How does digital impact the editorial process?




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