About OBA Books

Oba Kunta Octopus®  is a leading Kenyan writing and publishing company, proudly offering products and services offered on obakunta.co.ke and store.obakunta.co.ke.

OBA Books® was founded by the fiction author Okang’a Ooko, an industry professional for book industry with the objective of building a credible African alternative to the dominant vendors in today’s book market. Our focus is to break the myth that “Africans Don’t Read”  by shifting dominant boundaries and creating innovative ways of promoting a reading culture and bringing consistent attention and traffic to the works of African writers, creators and publishers.

We are the only company in Africa offering a complete solution dedicated to bookshop chains, founded and managed by industry professionals inside Africa who are also leading users of the solution. We distribute books in print, digital and audio to libraries, institutions and retailers worldwide via this platform. Blending the experience of advertising professionals with the perspective of self-published authors, we focuses on platform creation and career growth.  Our services include selling and distribution of books, marketing and promotion, self-publishing and author branding.

OBA Books is also a digital content services provider offering an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through our OBA Books®  We are currently developing solutions to help Kenya’s digital education markets in the wake of Covid-19.

Mission

We aim to become an African leader in online book marketing and e-reading, offering a world-class platform for the most passionate readers. Our mission is  to support authors by making their books easily available to readers. We aim to create an infrastructure by working with bookstores across African and the world, and develop, integrate, distribute and support the software and hardware products necessary to deliver the best print and ebook experience on the market.

Vision

Our vision is to be part of the global transformation in reading by inspiring African people to read more and more often  –  anytime, anyplace, anywhere around the world by delivering  the best reading experience  to millions of users in countries around the world.

OBA Books was created with a mission to accelerate great stories and big ideas. Aspiring to be Africa’s leading platform for exclusive access to books in all formats, advance previews, and special giveaways, we live our mission every day and give readers a chance to see it first. For our author partners, seeing it first means having an instant connection to engaged fans in our rapidly growing reader community. OBA Books builds the trusted and lasting connection to the right readers–the ones authors knew were there all along. For our reader community, see it first means having the freedom to explore and discover authors they’ll love–the ones readers were hoping for all along. Exclusive access to great stories and big ideas before anyone else lets readers See It First before they buy, before they review, and before they share with friends and family.

OUR SERVICES

Online Bookstore

We serve as a marketing outlet for our partners, book distributors, authors, established and independent Kenyan publishing companies and agents in the book industry. We push sales for their products mainly in print format using our online tools and creative marketing strategies. We have a huge databank of readers and we regularly update them on new titles and offers.

Book Launch

OBA Books’s business is to ground you as an author. We create activity around your new book using various tools. Starting with a colourful book launch ( where we aim to sell at least three hundred copies), we move on to place your books in front of your readers using various online tools, the social media and YouTube.

Book Reviews

After you have written your masterpiece, you need a critical eye to review your book and provide constructive feedback on how to improve your readers’ experience. We work with professional book reviewers. We offer Comprehensive Book Review and Consultation services.

OBA Books consultants attend to everything from diction, sentence structure, and transitions to larger questions of organization, thematic schema, and target audience. We will provide the critical feedback and perspective needed to ensure your book is compelling, well written, and ready for print. Under the keen eyes of our consultants, you can breathe easier knowing your manuscript is receiving the quality care it deserves to succeed. Visit here for more info

Audio Books

OBA Books gives authors and publishers everything they need to create professionally-narrated audiobooks and reach listeners in more than 100 countries through the world’s leading audiobook distribution network. Unique in the market, OBA Books is an exclusivity free service where authors and publishers keep complete control over content, pricing, and distribution. Through OBA Books, authors and publishers connect with professional narrators, are guided through production, and provided with a final audiobook that is quality-checked and published for sale.

Author Resources

Every author needs a little help moving their story from a written manuscript to a published book. For the help that OBA Books doesn’t provide, we use the services of our sister company, Oba Kunta Octopus (www.obakunta.co.ke). We endorse them and hope that you find exactly the partnership you need to finish your book.

Oba Kunta Octopus began with a simple idea— give writers all the tools they need to succeed in creating their best book. Oba Kunta Octopus is owned, built, and run by experienced writers, designers and editors. We offer clients the rare opportunity to work with established professional writers, editors, and designers who will guide them through every step of the process to ensure that their book (and other communication project) is well written, meticulously edited, and published. Oba Kunta Octopus specializes in optimised Writing services, Editing, Typesetting and Proof-reading, Creative Graphics Design services, Book publishing (eBook and printed book), including eBook Conversion and Self-publishing on POD). We have over twenty years of experience developing and crafting the written word, so we know the ins, the outs, the truths, and the tricks of getting a book to market. We provide competitively priced, royalty-free, à la carte services for authors. We are happy to guide you through the process or let you decide which services you need on your own. Either way, you’ll pay only our fees; we won’t touch your royalties. We are passionate about our work, the writers we work with, and the books we help develop. As writers ourselves, we understand a book isn’t merely a product, but rather, a form of personal expression that has the ability to change your future. We are here to see that your dreams of publishing success come true.

Oba Kunta Octopus connects authors with the curated and trusted book publishing professionals they need to publish a high-quality book. Members of our exclusive community of industry professionals have worked for some of the largest publishing houses in Kenya, including Nation Media Group. East African Educational Publishers, Lake Publishers, Anyange Presss, Longman, and others.  For more about this service and how it works, contact us on +254 733 826 811. You can visit Oba Kunta Octopus on the web www.obakunta.co.ke.