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Self Published Libraries: FastPencil Helps Spread Literacy In Rural Africa

Self book publishing company FastPencil is joining Friends of African Village Libraries to bring more books and spread literacy in rural Africa.

Naresh Kumar
Naresh Kumar on May 14, 2010.

Online, self publishing company FastPencil is partnering with Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL) to bring FastPencil’s publishing platform to villages in rural Africa. Friends of African Village Libraries helps African villages by renovating community donated buildings and turning them into well stocked libraries.

The organization recently teamed up with Santa Clara University’s Reading West Africa study abroad program under which students work in a FAVL village library in Burkina Faso, apart from studying West African literature and photography.

A press release explains more:

Students pair their photography skills and experiences at FAVL libraries in Burkina Faso to create original works in French, English and local languages tailored to the villages and their residents. The students are using FastPencil’s Color Book Creator™ to easily manipulate and incorporate pictures of the African villages they visit with the text they have written. By combining FAVL’s established libraries, Reading West Africa’s student experiences and FastPencil’s innovative publishing technology, the alliance will bring more books to African villages at a lower cost.

…“Together FAVL and FastPencil will focus on creating a variety of books for these African villages with the hope of increasing readership and participation both from locals and authors,” said Steve Wilson, FastPencil’s CEO. “We look forward to working with FAVL’s aspiring authors and volunteers to help them get published and by providing them with the templates, tools and services they need without having to navigate the traditional publishing process.”

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