While it was my strong wish to have Shona readers on Amazon mainly because of high printing costs and piracy – the idea came more not as my idea, but as an opportunity when friends from Zimbabwe reads told me that they had shown a few copies to representatives of Worldreader who were visiting Zimbabwe and they had shown great interest in the Bhabhu Books Shona readers. So, Zimbabwe reads linked me up with Dani [Zacarias] at Worldreader and as they say, the rest is history.
The collaboration with Worldreader has been a great personal and professional development opportunity for me and Bhabhu Books. There has been a lot of e-mail exchanges, lots of paperwork, sending and resending documents. It has been an interesting journey – more like Dorothy’s when she went to the Wizard of Oz’s city. Three new titles that will be available soon are:
1. Imbwa yemunhu – a Shona novel by Ignatius Mabasa
2. Zvipfuyo nevana vazvo – a Shona reader by Tinashe Muchuri
3. Zigonye rakakora – a Shona reader by Ignatius Mabasa
Considering that mobile phones have now found their way into very remote rural areas, killing the postal services, I can boldly say yes, the future is digital and Zimbabweans need to be ready for the revolution. No sales figures yet, but prospects look better than printed book business.