The Power of Open

StoryWeaver and children’s publishing

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Smit Zaveri
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Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children’s picture book publisher headquartered in Bangalore, India, with a mission to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’. Pratham Books has been addressing the book famine in India and by extension the world through its low-cost, high-volume, multilingual publishing since 2004. But upon realizing the limitations of print, they moved towards something more audacious – adopting an open licence to create an innovative digital platform, StoryWeaver, that not only housed Pratham Books’ titles but empowered users to use, adapt, download, and translate books as they saw fit to address the gaps in their own spheres and help put books in children’s hands. In just seven years, StoryWeaver has grown 50 times in size and scope, from a repository of 800 books in 24 languages to over 45 000 books in 314 languages. By disrupting traditional publishing models, Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver has shown us what the future of publishing and reading looks like.

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