It is the policy of the Company to publish in all subject areas of education and in any other subject area that complements the existing publications (backlist).
A List is a set of titles developed for a similar market. JKF lists are designed so as to optimize resources by focusing efforts in specific, predetermined publishing areas.
The normal procedure is for an author to submit his/her manuscript to JKF for assessment on its suitability for publication. If the quality is acceptable, then we undertake all costs of publication and enter into an agreement with the author for payment of royalty based on sales of the book.
The manuscript should preferably be typewritten or word-processed and double-spaced, with each folio (page) clearly numbered. Each folio should be one-sided (i.e. have text appearing on only one side of the paper). The manuscript can also be submitted in a flash disk or CD so long as it is accompanied by a hard copy (print-out).
Generally, any new publishing project will be assessed in terms of:
- How it compliments the backlist, that is, the publications that are still in print and continue to contribute to the revenue of the Company.
- Its capacity to make good sales.
- Whether it makes a significant contribution to the development of knowledge and information in line with JKF’s vision and mission.
The following are JKF’s broad lists:
1.The pre-primary list
The list includes materials meant for the pre-primary level, that is, kindergarten, pre-unit and nursery. The objective is to strengthen the Primary school List. The books and materials in this list cover broadly language skills, numeracy, creative and craft skills, handwriting and social skills. The materials for this level are designed to equip children with skills required at lower primary school.
2.The Primary School textbook list
Broadly, this refers to all those books developed as textbooks for the primary school market.
3.The Primary School Readers list
This has two main areas: those written in Kiswahili (Adili Readers) and those written in English (Pyramid Readers). The readers are designed to develop good language skills and positive values amongst the children in primary schools, at both lower and upper primary levels.
4. Wall Charts and Visual Aids
Charts and other visual aids are designed to support the school textbooks.
5. The KCPE Revision List
The Revision books are designed to ease revision for the KCPE examination. They also include workbooks.
6.The Secondary School Textbook List
The books in this list are designed to be used as textbooks in secondary schools.
7.The KCSE Revision List
The books are designed to ease revision for the ordinary level education level examination, for example, the KCSE. Workbooks are also included in this category.
The books in this series are literary works designed to be used as class readers or set books in secondary schools, colleges and for general reading. They include fiction both in English and Kiswahili.
9.Tertiary and Reference Books List
The books in the list are designed to:
- support the regular classroom text in primary and secondary schools
- support specific courses at teacher training colleges and tertiary institutions.
Preference is given to those books that support the regular classroom text on the primary or secondary lists.