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The Belizean publishing Industry should be seen as part of the greater Caribbean region. Only a few publishing firms exist in Belize. Due to the limited population base these companies need to be part of a regional network in order to be viable. Two examples of private local firms include Cubola Productions and The Angelus Press. Transnational publishers Pearson (Longman) and Macmillan are major players in educational publishing, operating indirectly from their Caribbean headquarters in countries in the region. The vast majority of the textbooks they supply are distributed for free or at government prices to the end user through the Government Bookstore and the Government of Belize Textbook Programme. The publishers also operate in the country independently through agents and bookshops. The Belize Book Industry Association is the official association of the sector. It organises a variety of fairs and meetings to promote the trade within Belize. The Caribbean Publishers’ Network is a regional umbrella organisation whose main aim is to encourage indigenous publishing.
English is the official language spoken in Belize with more than half the population speaking it (1980), whilst a third of the population is Spanish-speaking. Whilst children who go to school learn in English, outside the classroom most children communicate in Creole. The country has three universities: University of Belize, Central America health Sciences University and Galen University, creating a market for academic publishers.
The local Corozal Book Fair was firstly introduced in May 2012 and was organised by the District Education Centre. Cubola Productions were a key guest at the event. In addition, the Belize Book Industry Association is represented at four international book fairs across the region including the Central America Book Fair 2012 and the Miami International Book Fair 2013.
Printing was first introduced to Belize in 1825. The government contracted printer and newspaper publisher which formed the mainstay of most printers’ businesses in the nineteenth century (1976). The Amandala is the country’s leading biweekly newspaper and has been for the past 43 years. Print Belize Limited is one of the key printers in the country which mainly deals with producing posters, flyers, magazines, brochures and other business materials. Other printers include BRC Printing Ltd which was founded on the pretence of providing good quality, economical educational materials for the country’s youth.
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