The first books printed by Canon as part of the Room to Read literacy programme have reached school children in South Africa. 3,300 books have been delivered to 176 schools across South Africa as part of the Room to Read literacy programme, in partnership with Canon.
Canon began working with Room to Read and German-based publisher Goloseo, who initiaited the scheme at Drupa, in a bid to eliminate waste from print samples at trade shows. Canon sustainability director Stuart Poore said: “We are really proud to have been able to support Room to Read and their vision of transforming the lives of millions of children, by focusing on literacy skills and gender equality in education.
“The book printing took place live at Drupa 2016 and was used to showcase how books can be produced on demand in an integrated manner.” Text pages for the books were prepared using Canon partner Ultimate Technographics’ Impostrip book imposition software and were printed on Canon’s Océ ColorStream 6000 at Drupa. Cover pages were printed on a Canon ImagePress C10000VP and the books were then perfect bound and trimmed on Canon partner Tecnau’s Libra 800. The three picture books being sent were translated by Goloseo from German into English and two African languages, Sepedi and Xitsonga.
Poore said that since completion of the project, Canon has already delivered a similar project for a partner printing brochures for children in Zambia.