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ERIC Number: ED233321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 54
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Textbook Production in Developing Countries--Some Problems of Preparation, Production and Distribution. Studies on Books and Reading No. 7.
Pearce, Douglas
Intended for use by educators and administrators working in textbook-connected projects, this report reviews the problems encountered in textbook production and distribution in developing nations and indicates some solutions that have been found for many of those problems. The first major section of the report focuses on the role of governments in planning for the provision of textbooks and discusses such areas as assessing needs, economic considerations, language policies, and the role of national book development councils. The second major section examines manuscript preparation and explores questions of market research and identification of needs, the role of textbook boards and educational research institutes, adaptations and translations, difficulties in finding authors and translators, and testing and evaluation of materials. The third section covers managerial problems of both public and private textbook publishers. Other topics covered include training for publishing personnel; the nature of editorial, design, and illustration work; and procedures for the orderly manufacture and distribution of books. The fourth and fifth sections deal with problems encountered in controlling paper costs and in printing, while the final section examines the process of bookselling. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Note: One of a series prepared as background material for the World Congress on Books (London, England, June 7-11, 1982).