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He said to start up, if you can t fund it yourself,
it is extremely difficult to get financial assistance
"Traditional commercial banks want tangible assets
for security. If you start a publishing company, no
assets exists. Even when you have started up and have
a sales history, you think you can go back to the bank
and show them that the business is making revenue,
they still refuse financial assistance," Randle said.
"Even today, this problem still exists," he says.
But why? Randle said in societies that are not yet
largely developed, we don t seem to recognise the
value of intellectual property.
"In theory, look at some of the books we value
today. Unless they go out of copyright, a book can
survive 50 years after the death of an author," Randle
He said until traditional banks come to recognise
the value of intellectual property as opposed to physical
assets, start up for most publishing companies will
remain a problem.
Another drawback, especially in educational pub-
lishing, Randle said, is the gestation period---the length
of time a book takes to be produced and published.
"This type of publishing requires heavy investment.
We are talking about research development, devel-
opment of authors, illustrators and education. You
are looking at least three years of production and
perhaps another year for publishing. It is almost kind
of a miracle that any kind of publishing has taken
place in the Caribbean," said Randle.
He said a lot of writers continue to look outside
of the Caribbean when it comes to publishing, not
because Caribbean publishing companies don t exist
or aren t willing to take on Caribbean authors, rather
it is a clear case of not having the resources to do
so.He said if you are producing a reading book for
primary school level or an integrated science for sec-
ondary level, the system and the curriculum demands
a complete series is produced.
"No school is going to take one book that covers
one syllabus. So it is not a matter of producing a
book, a series takes time, effort and money.
On the other hand, Randle said even if they were
willing, capable and had the resources, one of the
major drawbacks with publishing in the region is the
inability to effectively market and sell what was pro-
"If you are an author, you want to know that your
book can be sold anywhere in any part of the world,
but that takes resources which most publishers do
not have. He said this is the very reason why Caribbean
authors seek out metropolitan publishers, not because
they are better but because they have the ability to
market what they produce.
Randle is now officially retired, his eldest daughter
Christine is now the chief operator of IRP, while he
enjoys the fruits of his labour, travelling, still lending
guidance where he can and is most present whenever
called upon to lecture on what he knows best---pub-
Randle is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts
degree with special honours from UWI Mona, a
Master of Science in international studies,
University of Southampton, UK, and a diploma in
publishing from the University of Denver.
He is a founding member and vice president of
the Caribbean Publishers Network; a board
member of the Edna Manley Foundation in
Jamaica and also served as a member of the
Caricom Task Force on Culture from 2009 to
He has been honoured with a number of
awards for services to publishing, among them
the Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of
Jamaica, the Order of Distinction, Officer Class,
and the Prince Claus Laureate Award in 2012.
Meeting the challenge of publishing in the Caribbean
THE MANLEY MEMOIRS
With grace, balance, and
wonderful candour, Beverley
Manley tells the story of her
childhood, adolescence, and
adulthood as the wife of Ja-
maica's charismatic leader in
the 1970s, Michael Manley.
Beverley Manley reports with
the aplomb of a seasoned in-
terviewer on television and
BLACK METEORS: THE
CARIBBEAN IN INTERNATIONAL
TRACK AND FIELD
Basil A Ince
In the pantheon of international
track and field, Caribbean athletes
have dominated the world stage.
This book is NOT a history of track
and field in the Caribbean but an ac-
count of the performances of the
major athletes from the region in
major competitions like the
Olympic, World Championships and
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