Reading books changes lives -- quite literally. A 2002 OECD study shows that reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success. Other research indicates that when children read fiction, it improves their ability to be social and empathize.

From the moment we start school, our educators begin teaching us the fundamentals of reading. We learn our alphabet and the unique sounds that each letter makes. Soon, we can read words and full sentences. And before we know it, we’re reading everything from posters to what’s printed on cereal boxes to subtitles on movies.

However, reading is not the only way to bring us closer to books. Harnessing the power of books to transform lives and enrich communities, we at Typography Book are committed to build and promote Typography Book Publisher, an online educational and publishing resource for writers and students to write and publish their own printed books and e-books.

What is "Typography Book Publisher"?

Typography Book Publisher is an online publishing resource where writers and most importantly, students can collaborate on writing and publishing their own books. They can turn texts from any subject into a book and publish it in online library of  books. This way they get to write texts for real readers, not only their tutors for the purpose of getting good grades. This is also one way to allow publishers to get their work out and get it to the right audience, without being held back by any publishing obstacles.

Typography Book Publisher

A cultural shift has happened alongside the technological innovation of the past decades, leading from digital production all the way to social media and online collaboration. New technologies are at play. But publishers should not look at today’s successful authors in terms of how they publish and distribute. They need to look at how they work. Self-publishing authors are not against publishers. As the Books on Demand study quote reveals, authors are open to working with publishers under the right conditions. And the right conditions are not about the distribution of the product, they are about the fundamental changes to the process of working.

What’s the main goal of the project?

The main goal is to supply local writers  and students with a free publishing tool where students and any other writer can write texts for a real audience and “get published”. We also hope that by taking responsibility for their own publication, writers especially students will gain awareness of issues like copyright and privacy, issues that any publisher needs to be aware of.

The social books shift

Today, more and more bestsellers are taking the world by storm, bypassing traditional publishing structures entirely. The famous “50 Shades of Grey” and more recently “The Martian” grabbed the attention of the media and the imagination of their readers – as well as viewers - when they were transformed into major motion pictures. Both of these books were self-published.

We believe that this trend is not based on technology but on the attitude of new authors who are radically open to sharing, collaboration and enjoy the process of opening up their work early, no matter how vulnerable this might make them seem. The process, not the product, being the key differentiator.

The label “self-publishing”, often associated with this new phenomenon, is in my opinion misleading, because self-publishing is not a new phenomenon. It has been around as long as publishing – in fact, even longer. But before there was “publishing”, the term “self-publishing” could not exist. Technology does make a difference, true. New technologies and means of distribution place global success within reach of every author.

But the crucial difference, in my opinion, lies in the way a new breed of authors tell their stories. Their way of working is social and extends beyond merely using social media. Social books are radically open and collaborative from the start.

I also want to point out here that the self-publishing author is becoming increasingly professional. Over half have a commercial interest in mind when publishing their work and a third generate enough revenue to see writing as a relevant source of income. They are also technically on top of the game, with over 70% making use of hybrid publishing, meaning their work is available in print and as e-books, as the same survey reveals.

To understand the magnitude of the shift from the point of view of the publishers, you only need to look at two numbers: how many books do self-publishers sell and how much revenue do they create? A simple enough question, but since the market is complicated, it is difficult to get accurate numbers.  

Bringing new authors of the social book and publishers together generates radical openness. It will work. And we are building the tools to do the job well for publishers and authors alike.

Special thought from the author.

Unlike most of my current friends who grew up in Europe, growing up in an African family setup and community, I was raised to believe that the only way to be successful and reputable in the community was to go to school, learn, through reading books, graduate and get a job, with some well known organization. Not at any point did this institutional structure made me believe that I too, could or rather should work towards building my own organization, or even writing my own book. The idea of writing and publishing your book was, and surprisingly still is associated with some level of success in the community or age, but mostly success.

I have now come to the realization that, maybe one thing that would help build an innovative era in the African communities, entirely lies on our ability to change and improve our current institutional structure and our perspective of the approaches taken towards creativity. How far are we willing to go, to create a creative and innovative society?

As mentioned above, reading books changes lives! But we also need to write the books, to enable us, and the members of the next generation to have context to read and learn from. We would love for you to join us on this amazing journey that we are just embarking on.

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