In July 2011, the first edition of CRAYON Magazine was printed and delivered by Type Company Ltd, freshly minted and ready to be distributed to four pilot schools in Accra. Five years down the line, and still arguably the only one of its kind, CRAYON still continues to be the only most widely distributed free children’s magazine in Ghana.
Today, over thirty schools have received copies and keenly look forward to receive new copies of the magazine when it is published. Apart from that, the magazine continues to receive unflinching support from our sponsors and friends who share our vision and want to keep the dream alive. Our dream is to ensure that CRAYON becomes a household name countrywide and beyond, and to ensure that every child in primary school has access to a copy whenever it is published.
In order to take our dream a step further in ensuring that more young readers gain access, the magazine has now been digitized and made available online. As from the beginning of 2015, a free electronic copy of all editions of CRAYON magazine is available and can be downloaded from www.azaliabooks.com onto a smartphone, tablet, or computer. This innovative step has been made possible by azaliabooks.com, an online publishing firm based in Accra. Azaliabooks.com is partnering with PrintAid
Foundation to ensure that the scope of our readership is globalized and not limited to our geographic region. As publishers, we look forward to positioning ourselves to take advantage of the latest technological resources that are available and also prepare ourselves to embrace the digital migration train which is the new future. Digital media opens the doors for us to interact with our readers in ways that will enhance and promote information exchange, one-to-one communication, and essentially facilitate knowledge transfer. E-publishing also gives us the potential to broaden and encourage diversity in our readership as well as contributions. The major benefit our young readers will receive as a result of this step is enriched content from diverse sources.
Finally, the success of CRAYON cannot be touted without mentioning the support of our kind and dedicated sponsors and advertisers who have continued to support and shared our vision. From a humble beginning of 2,000 copies circulating per issue, to our present day circulation figure of almost 20,000 copies per issue, we are proud to say that close to 50,000 copies of the magazine have been distributed. We give thanks to God for this successful feat and appreciate all the support we have received thus far.
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