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The importance of technical specifications for book procurement

The technical specifications of a book have a huge impact on its price and durability. The type of technical specification used depends on the use of the book, the desired durability, and the location where the book will be used. In this blog we will discuss the Technical Specification guide that Christophe Barth wrote for and together with the WorldBank Read@Home project.

Creating awareness for the National Book Policy in Nigeria

Over 60 governmental-, non-governmental and private stakeholders involved in the Book Supply Chain, came together in Abuja to participate in training and workshops organized by PLANE. Discussions were held on the National Book Policy and the implementation of a Track and Trace system, and workshops were given to Nigerian printers on Sustainable Printing Methods.

An Inclusive Book Supply Chain in Nigeria

In this series we shall discuss all the phases of the book supply chain in Nigeria, guided by the experiences of Tonye Faloughi-Ekezie. While conducting the analysis and research in Nigeria we met Tonye, an inspiring and enthusiastic author and one of the first authors to write books featuring an African main character with Down syndrome.

Incoterms for Reading Projects The World Bank

The selection of the correct incoterms and insurance is one of the keys to a successful international book procurement, as it clarifies the financial risks and responsibilities of the contractual parties. Christophe Barth, BlueTree Group’s Managing Director and consultant for Read@Home, wrote a guide on incoterms and insurances together with and for the World Bank Read@Home team.

Meet Lola Shoneyin! BlueTree’s project based local consultant based in Nigeria.

Meet Lola Shoneyin! BlueTree’s project based local consultant based in Nigeria.

Being a writer, a reader, a publisher, a bookstore-owner and a festival director has given me a unique perspective of the book supply chain in Nigeria and West Africa. I work with BTG on planning, collation, and assessment of research material. My understanding, immersion and visibility in the book production value chain means that I connect BTG with relevant individuals and organise important meetings, many of which I attend.

Highlights National Numeracy Project Malawi

Learners and teachers from 200 schools in 19 zones across Malawi have successfully completed the first term of the year-long pilot phase of the NNP, and teacher training for Term 2 is almost completed.

Challenges in Providing Learning Materials for Special Needs Children in Developing Countries

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 15% of the global population, or a billion individuals, live with some form of disability.

Developing countries have the highest prevalence, accounting for 80% of this demographic, with 1 in 10 being a child. Persons living with disabilities in developing countries face a myriad of challenges, these include poverty, poor access to health services, and a lack of quality education.

Can “Bulky” Paper Reduce the Costs of Reading Materials?

Bulky paper is a recent innovation within the printing industry, and is very suitable for the printing of books, because of its light-weight and thickness. This makes the paper less expensive compared to equivalent paper types. In this blog, we describe the advantages of bulky paper and how it is used in practice.