Standards for the book industry

The workshop sought to introduce practitioners to the draft standards and solicit feedback before the standards would be nalised. The absence of national standards for the book industry has led practitioners in the industry to adopt their own production standards and methods, some of which do not conform to international standards. The proposed standards for the book industry therefore prescribe the minimum acceptable standards for books produced in Ghana. It is also to ensure that such books conform to both national and international standards and enhance the promotion of Ghanaian books internationally.

The standards are being developed by the GBDC in consultation with major stakeholders in the book industry. Mr Agyare, the President, of GBPA, stressed the importance of the workshop to all in the book industry especially writers, publishers, editors and printers. He raised concerns about the quality and even format of books which he said were sub-standard. He therefore, advised all present to take the workshop seriously.

Workshop on design and illustration

Workshop on Design and Illustration organised as part of the 14th GIBF was held in the VIP Lounge, National Theatre, Accra on Thursday 18th August, 2016 at 1:30pm instead of 1:00pm. The workshop attracted fifty-nine (59) participants from 30 organisations. It was originally meant for up and coming designers/ illustrators but experienced designers and illustrators were also admitted.  The focus of the workshop was to get the right illustrations for all kinds of books. 

The workshop was facilitated by two lecturers from the Department of Publishing Studies, KNUST namely: Mr. Reuben Glover and Mr. Isaac K. Appiah, who are lecturers of the Department and renowned illustrators in the country.  The facilitators made a critique of an illustrated book and used it to enlighten the participants on good and bad illustrations. They also pointed out things designers and illustrators are to avoid in the creation of illustrations especially misrepresenting adults as youth. They also recommended that for a short story the illustrator has to read the story before creating the illustrations with the help of illustration briefs. This is to help get the illustrations right. Also, editors are to make sure that the drawn illustrations suitably explain the text. After the presentations, questions from participants were duly answered by the facilitators. The programme came to an end at 3:10pm.