Working with the publishing scene of Togo¶
The week of June 26th marked at eventful week for our Booktype GmbH Managing Director, Julian Sorge. Julian was invited to teach at a week training workshop in Togo organized by the Goethe-Institut and the Institut of Francais in the capital Lomé alongside Immateriel’s Director, Xavier Cazin. Both Julian and Xavier were presented as experts in the field of digital publishing on the topic of the increased opportunity digital publishing has for writers and publishers in Togo.
Thirteen selected attendees joined together at the workshop to discuss the innovative opportunity for Togo in digital publishing. The training consisted of a more theoretical introduction into technologies, tools and standards of digital publishing and a more practical part using Booktype’s software to learn about the creation of writing, developing and digitally distributing published work as an e-book.
Before the workshop, the participants prepared their manuscripts to be edited and arranged accordingly into a published e-book using Booktype. The participants experienced a hands-on education to learn how to import their manuscripts from the DOCX format into EPUB, which can be submitted for distribution. So far, three books were finished and distributed directly by the end of the course--the rest are in the final stages of completion.
As an addition to the workshop, Julian served on a panel to discuss potential customizable essentials for writers and developers in Togo. Booktype’s single source software is accessible with one requirement: internet connection. Living in the age of technology, creatives now have the ability to organize their workflow by delivering to their own choice of channels. For example by using Booktype, they have the ability to choose to publish as an ebook or a print on demand.
The conversation led to discussing the ways in which Togo’s resources could be used to create a bridge connecting readers not only locally in Togo but also globally. For instance, in receiving and returning the favor of book distribution from Togo to France and vice versa.
The event rewarded each individual attending the opportunity to discuss the innovation books have in the digital era. Each participant received a certification in digital publishing training. Booktype received the opportunity to embark on the empowering experience that digital publishing provides to bring opportunity to writers, publishers, and developers internationally.
Learn more about the Goethe-Institut in Lomé, Togo.