In preparation to launch its new audiobook subscription service, Kenyan startup PortableVoices has partnered with East African Educational Publishers (EAEP) to produce and distribute pan-african audiobooks. Under this partnership, PortableVoices will work with East African Educational Publishers to produce and distribute audiobooks from EAEP’s portfolio.
Allan Niongira, Portable Voices Founder said ‘‘We’re excited about this new partnership with East African Educational Publishers. We have been working hard to create the new audiobooks services set to launch soon that will enable subscribers to enjoy a wide variety of high quality pan-african audiobooks among other audio entertainment. This new partnership allows us to offer a wide variety of educational books and the best selling classics starting with The Broken Glasses by Waweru Mwangi, Things fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, My Life in Crime by John Kiriamiti, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen among others.”
Sharon Banda, Operations Director, East African Educational Publishers said, ”East African Educational Publishers is happy to partner with Portable Voices (PV) who will convert EAEP’s books into audio format. EAEP is excited to avail its well-known titles in audio format which will appeal to a wider audience. The will be available on portablevoice.com for your enjoyment”
PortableVoices is set to launch PortableVoices Premium, a subscription-based audiobooks service. Subscribers will get 1 credit per month that they can use to listen to any audiobook in the premium catalogue despite the price of the book. Besides, premium members will enjoy exclusive deals and up to 30% discount on extra audiobooks they purchase when their credits run out.
“PortableVoices has been enabling publishers and creatives produce high quality audio content since we opened our first podcast and audiobook production studio in Nairobi in 2018, with the launch of the service publishers, authors and other audio content creators will now be able to reach able to reach listeners across the African and the world and monetize their content through royalties. Subscribers from all over the world will be able to listen to their favourite podcast, audiobooks and great stories from African, produced locally and in various local languages.” Allan Niongira, Portable Voices Founder and CEO said.
EAEP is a leading publisher in East Africa with a 54-year success track record of providing relevant and quality products for schools, universities and the general market. They have gained an excellent reputation of being the most versatile publisher with over 2,000 titles that cater for the educational, cultural, leisure and aesthetic needs of Eastern, Central & Southern regions of Africa. EAEP’s strength is in its formidable network with a presence in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. EAEP will also be providing the Ministry of Education of Kenya with the official approved grade 5 Science and Social Studies course books