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Creation of reading resources

Explore the costs and processes for creating digital and print storybooks.

Where Have All the Textbooks Gone?

Toward Sustainable Provision of Teaching and Learning Materials in Sub-Saharan Africa - a report by Tony Read for the World Bank.

Content development cost questionnaire (FRENCH)

The questionnaire above was also translated to French and circulated to publishers in Francophone Africa.

Content development cost questionnaire

NBA is researching the cost of producing storybooks in local languages. Because NBA believes that maintaining the vitality of the indigenous content creation industry is a key priority, it is circulating a questionnaire to document costs. Donors and governments purchasing local books understand that openly licensed resources may be free to the user, but they still cost money to produce. They are usually willing to pay these expenses because publishing cost components are recognized and understood. Even so, storybook publishing is complicated in the global South. The real costs associated with producing high-quality children’s picture books are not always clearly laid out. Publishers and other content producers must be able to state exactly how much money is required to fulfil a commission. NBA hopes that this research will assist content producers make informed arguments about real costs and help those that fund early childhood reading resources understand what is entailed in producing a high-quality children’s book.