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    Voices from the Savannah: An Innovative Approach to Self-Publishing

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2017)

    London, UK, 11 - 13 July 2017


    Graham Diprose, Gary Roberts & Amalia Toyas



    'Voices from the Savannah’ is a prestigious ‘Coffee Table’ book featuring many of the most important opinions involved in East African Wildlife conservation such as Dame Jane Goodall and Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick. The author, Gary Roberts, considered it vital that the book was bilingual in English and Swahili, so that the message could reach the widest audience of those capable of making a significant difference to the present catastrophic losses of wildlife numbers and habitat.

    Few publishers capable of producing the quality of book required, were even willing to consider backing a book with bi-lingual text, no matter how outstanding the photographs or significant the ‘Voices’ gathered together for this volume. This lead us to seek alternative approaches to Book Design, Publication, Sponsorship, Marketing and Distribution, using a combination of the very latest technologies available via the self-publishing route. This paper describes the innovative online workflows used, with the Author based in Manchester, the Editor in Surrey, the Translator in Tanzania and the Book Designer on a Greek Island, combined with the advantages now available for short digital print runs and longer Offset Litho runs to massively reduce costs per book and ensure it’s vital message reaches the widest possible audience and also can provide additional publicity and profits to help fund the major wildlife charities involved.


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