• Lack of standards stifles print industry

    In a meeting held on October 20th of 2016 publishers and printers indicated that the lack of standard to govern the sector is crippling it.

    During the meeting, Teka Abadi, president of Ethiopian Publishers and Printers Association said that Publishing houses are being opened here and there and most publications are of low quality.

    It was also remarked that there are many whose existence is not even known and indeed they are said to be the may be placed for printing illegal books.

    It was asked by the association members for the standard agency to set a standard that could probably govern the industry.


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  • History of the Oromo people, a book from Negasoo Gidada

    A book written by the great Ethiopian historian and politician Dr. Negasso Gidada is now in the market for sell.

    The book which is told to be written in a very conductive and investigative manner talks about the Oromo people. Which is actually titled as “Ye oromo hizib tarik” which means the history of the Oromo people.

    More over the book argues with the previous ideas about where the Oromo people came from and also disagree with the statement on history which tells the Oromo people joining Ethiopians in the 16th century, saying that the people was the part of the lalibelan civilization which is earlier.

    He also remarked on his book that the society of Oromo came from the north while the previous history books tells that they came from the south.

    The book also includes the Oromo tribe ethnic counting, socio economical and political changes and also different wars during Emperor Minilik regime.

    Source: Addis Admass  


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  • Reading culture: a tool against ignorance

    Thinkers have professed over the course of history that societies must get rid of ignorance for wisdom means a lot. One source of wisdom could be a better reading culture through deepen multiple philosophies of science, religion and politics but with various perspectives. That is where we could find scholars idea between lines from the writers deep observation and illustrated by in understandable words to sip knowledge open to soul.

    In simple observation, for instance, we can learn from parts of the world which are endowed with enormous natural resources but are still under the yoke of insecurity, and poverty.

    No matter what history tells about the paradox of books and therefore reading culture would offer; a well impacted reading culture is believed to be beneficial for a society in all round. But what makes a reading culture poor? Starting from individuals’ lack of interest various reasons could be listed out for this. In Ethiopia, particularly these days it seems not easy to take simple justification over the rates of reading cultures among the population. However, it is understandable that majority would set outside of the ‘readers circle’.

    Perhaps, different explanations could be forwarded but role models would take the first step in this regard. In a family, for instance, it would leave a chance neither a father nor a mother has cultured reading even a newspaper let alone other publications. Sociologists viewed that family is the first and foremost institution to shape and influence children’s life either negatively or positively, so does for reading.

    On the other hand the ever-increasing price of books sponsor for expensiveness of fine books. Where due to high tax rates would worsening the situation. To this one may prefer borrowing rather than owning a book. In third place and most vigorously, the ever increasing social media circle has the superior deal to take reading interest to the digital world.

    In my opinion, the main problem is not the long-existing social interactions but the very reluctance to read books which in one way or another casts a shadow to discourage writer. Irrespective of the literacy rate considerable to the population size Ethiopia inhabits with young majority, one can consider the amount of copies an author would sell.

    With no as such well accounted book selling boom in Ethiopia, western writers such as Robert Ludlum and Sidney Sheldon have sold each of their books in millions of copies. A book by Steven Covey “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” is another with over 15 million copies sold worldwide. Despite the major publication in Amharic language at this time lack of books provided into many languages of the country can also be another roadblock to the development of reading culture.

    Obvious that families and schools have greater role for the improvement of the reading habit. Government, on the other hand, may require incentivizing publishers, writers and books sellers. Whereas consolidating peer reading groups and critical reflections on the material read would also be an essential ingredient.

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  • Earliest known biography of an African woman translated to English for the first time

    Earliest known biography of an African woman translated to English for the first time

    Ethiopian noblewoman Walatta Petros left her husband to stop the spread of Roman Catholicism, possibly fell in love with a fellow nun and was elevated to sainthood

    The earliest known book-length biography of an African woman, a 17th-century text detailing the life of the Ethiopian saint Walatta Petros, has been translated into English for the first time.

    Walatta Petros was an Ethiopian religious leader who lived from 1592 to 1642. A noblewoman, she left her husband to lead the struggle against the Jesuits’ mission to convert Ethiopian Christians to Roman Catholicism. It was for this that the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church elevated her to sainthood.

    Walatta Petros’s story was written by her disciples in the Gəˁəz language in 1672, after her death. Translator and editor Wendy Laura Belcher, an associate professor at Princeton University, came across the biography while she was studying Samuel Johnson’s translation, A Voyage to Abyssinia. “I saw that Johnson was fascinated by the powerful noble Ethiopian women in the text,” said Belcher. “I was speaking with an Ethiopian priest about this admiration and he told me that the women were admired in Ethiopia as well, where some of them had become saints in the Ethiopian church and had had hagiographies written about them.”

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  • Obama Meets the Science Lover Schoolboy Ahmed Mohamed

    Ahmed Mohamed,Obama Meets the Science Lover Schoolboy Ahmed Mohamed the Texas teenager arrested after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb, met Barack Obama during a visit to the White House on Monday. The 14-year-old got a personal invitation from the president for 'Astronomy Night', where they snapped a picture and chatted briefly. Ahmed posed for pictures with NASA astronaut Alvin Drew shortly before Obama addressed the students on the South Lawn, and then introduced himself to the president when Obama waded out toward the audience to shake hands with visitors after his speech.

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    Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager arrested after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb, met Barack Obama during a visit to the White House on Monday

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  • Daniel Hook's "DNA" first book to be made into Movie

    The author Daniel Hook's first book is on the way to be casted

    The book which has a flow of drama and suspense “Ametsegnaw Kles” book is on the way to be casted to a Dutch movie called “The Forgotten Dutch”.

    The book contains the author life and his kinds who born in wenji while the Dutch arrive in Ethiopia to build the sugar factory.

    Dutch television media and ministry of culture and tourism of Dutch and other organizations’ are working to make the book a movie.

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    Daniel Hook's "DNA" first book

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