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Social Publishers

Mliteracy – Activity

Instructions for participants

There are several anomalies with children’s published books. These become very clear when English is not the language that is spoken at home.

These 10 positions are intended to articulate some of these incongruities. Each position has a statement at different ends of a continuum. You will select statements that are most true for you and your library community. And then convince others that your position is correct.

For the facilitator

This activity is intended to highlight many of the typical anomalies and challenges facing those who are involved in reading, publishing and stories. Commercial publishers alone are not able to address all societies’ reading needs. Social publishers set out to create reading materials for neglected audiences. Rather than operate on a profit basis, these publishers are driven by a mission. They see their books as a social good, to be directed where they are most needed.

More about Social Publishing

In South Africa, to make story books affordable, accessible and available, social publishers like African Story Book, Bookdash, Fundza, Nal’i Bali and Vula Bula have adopted a range of innovative book production practices. Almost all have digital editions of their books available, formatted in PDF, ePub or as a webpage. Some of these storybooks are published under Creative Commons licences. Sometimes they also have apps available for mobile devices  associated with these projects. Caregivers can freely install these apps, download the different books and store and read them from their mobile devices.

Social Publishing

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