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Dear Author/Publisher, Where Are Your Readers? Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part of this article, we recommend that you do by clicking here

Part of the global trend is that many publishers, newspaper houses included,  are recording a huge drop in sales of physical books and are moving their operations online. It isn’t that people are no longer reading. Instead, it is that they are reading differently.

Even libraries in the leading educational institutions globally are moving from physical books to electronic access. Instead of books, we are seeing huge servers and networks of internet-connected PCs. A lot of research is done online via search engines. As a matter of fact, many people now school online, acquiring knowledge and skills that they would otherwise not have had access to without doing a lot of travelling and incurring huge expenses.

A Cultural Change

What we are seeing is a huge cultural change. The readers are alive and well. They are only just adapting a newer medium. Here is a quick summary:

  1. Readers are moving online for their content consumption.
  2. Readers are using their PCs, tablets and smartphones as the new channels for content consumption.
  3. E-books, e-magazines, blogs, and video are the new media available on these new channels.
  4. While video isn’t huge in these parts yet because of high data costs and inadequate infrastructure, people are consuming content more and more that way.
  5. The physical book is not dead yet, but its viability as a sole means of income generation is seriously being threatened.
  6. With the exception of regions where infrastructure and costs make it not feasible, as a rule, publishers and authors need to start thinking of putting their works out via new media FIRST, and in physical book format second.
  7. Publishers and authors need to get “social”: in other words, they need to engage their readers on the readers’ where they hang out and on their own terms. In this new world, people hang out on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc).

It is a new world. Publishing and education is fast changing from what we grew up with, and we must change with the times in order to stay relevant.

First Veritas has an e-distribution channel to over 1000 online retailers. As an author/publisher, you can take advantage of this. Call 08104039756. Read more about the e-distribution here


New PictureComprehension is the ability to understand and interprete what is being read. It is an important skill in the educational process. Why do we say so? Many of the challenges and problems that students are required to solve in life require a good deal of comprehension. If a child is unable to understand a question, how will he or she provide an accurate answer?

Problem solving often requires:

  • understanding the question or what has been stated is the problem
  • being able to connect the question or problem with other knowledge already acquired
  • being able to critically work out the solution

Have you ever made a statement or asked a question, and someone provides a response that does not fit in? In all probability, that individual did not understand the question. There was a problem comprehending your question or statement.

Failure does not always arise from a lack of knowledge or skill in the specific subject, but from poor comprehension skills. Some students fail physics not because they do not understand physics, but because they lack comprehension skills. Same goes for other subjects. Years later, as adults, they will require this same comprehension in whatever field they may embrace as a vocation.

This is why we must not only teach English as a language, but also promote a reading culture. Note that by reading culture, we include the use of dictionaries and other reference material.

Here are a few pointers:

  • we must make our children read and ask questions for the purpose of developing comprehension skills
  • materials to read: good story books and novels (both fiction and non-fiction); newspapers (though some of these have fallen behind in recent times); and magazines
  • a good dictionary should be available to children
  • if internet access is available and the child’s use can be monitored, a Google search for unknown words and phrases yields useful results

Growing up in the seventies and eighties, children had fewer distractions to reading. Today, the distractions are legion, yet we must polish the minds of our young ones by exposing them to well written books and periodicals.


images (1)Traditionally, intelligence has been associated with certain fields and disciplines – science, technology, law, accounting, finance, and the like. Many people grew up with the impression that they were not intelligent unless they excelled at certain subjects. Children who clearly possessed skills outside of those special fields were not considered particularly intelligent.

We probably all had that one classmate whose grades were consistently poor but who would effortlessly memorise the lyrics of every new song and mater the dance steps within a couple of days. Sadly, our educational systems didn’t consider such types intelligent. Perhaps even worse is the fact that today, that sentiment still survives and thrives.

An affinity for music, acting or even football is a different kind of intelligence different from what obtains with architecture, engineering or literature. Football, for example, is a highly skilled game that requires a great deal of mental juggling. The amount of mental and nervous co-ordination that is involved in intercepting a ball and dribbling through an opposing team is one that many scientists and business geniuses are unable to pull off. So, the question is, are footballers any less intelligent than scientists?

The truth is that there are really no unintelligent people. There are just people who are gifted differently. Once we acknowledge and accept this, the next step is to see how to modify our educational system to this reality. Right now, the way the system stands and the way students are graded, certain kinds of gifted people have little or no chance of ending up with good grades. The system just doesn’t reckon with their skills.

As someone has said, if a fish and a dog are both given a swimming test, the fish will win for the simple reason that the test fits its skills and abilities well. We need to start recognising people for their specific and unique skills set. Everyone is intelligent in some way and each person needs to be judged and evaluated on their merits.


vocUcover2Your vocabulary is the totality of all the words known and used by you. This hinges a lot of things on your vocabulary. Here are a number of reasons why possessing a larger vocabulary is important:

  1. It improves your vocal and written communication. you are able to say what you mean with finer precision and detail. Sometimes, the difference between one thing and the other is a tiny difference in definition.
  2. A broader vocabulary boosts your thinking and analytic ability. You are able to be more pinpointed in your thinking.
  3. A broader vocabulary will help you understand other people better.
  4. While it may seem vain, a broader vocabulary makes a good impression on others. The more effectively and skilfully you are able to communicate, the better the impression you make on others.

Now that you understand why developing a broader vocabulary is important, how do you go about it? Here are a few tips to help you build a wider vocabulary:

  1. One way to improve your vocabulary is to get a thesaurus, or other books dedicated to helping you do so. For example, First Veritas has a range of books and resources that help students build their vocabulary.
  2. Get a website, a smartphone app or a magazine that provides “word of the day” tips
  3. Read. Read books, newspapers, magazines and everything you can lay your hands on
  4. Listen to people who have a broader vocabulary. Listen to the news.
  5. Then write down the new words that you find as you read and listen, and use those words as often as you can, so that they become a part of your every day thinking processes.

Do not forget: the point of a broader vocabulary is not to confuse or impress others. It is to think and communicate wit greater precision. Start building a more robust vocabulary today.


In today’s world of audio-visuals and the internet, book reading may not seem like it has any place in our lives any more. Yet, there are specific advantages to picking up a book to read.

1. Sharper Mind

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. A mind that does not read is a mind that remains weak and may ultimately wither away. Reading regularly is necessary exercise for the brain. It helps children especially build sharper minds.

2. Greater Knowledge & Exposure

Every book – even fictional works – is an embodiment of knowledge. There us always something to learn. It may be a little bit of history, law, medicine, fashion, or sports. A book can take the reader around the world to cities and countries he has never been to. He can experience cultures that he had no idea existed.

3. Broader Vocabulary

One of the best benefits of reading is that it helps the reader develop a broader vocabulary. This in turn means that they can better express themselves, whether in writing or in speaking.

4. Stronger Analytical/Cognitive Skills

A good mystery, detective, detective or even romantic novel can be a great way to sharpen analytical and cognitive kills. Books compel the reader to think and to picture scenarios. As the reader follows the plots and twists, the mind attempts to work out the intrigue.

5. Better Attention Span

It may be cool to read short blog posts as we shuttle between our homes and schools or places of work. We live in a jet-paced age in which attention span keeps dropping. Picking up a book to read on a regular basis will help us keep good attention spans. It also helps sharpen our memories.

Whether it is children, parents, teachers or any other, reading is essential and should be embraced and encouraged. First Veritas has a range of novels and story books that anyone can enjoy. Call 08104039757 for more details. Read a book today!

How to Register First Veritas Question Bank CD

After installing First Veritas Question Bank CD on a computer, there is a registration prompt.

If you are connected to Internet:

Please select Registration Method as “Internet”

The prompt requests for a 16 digit CD key (which is provided along with purchase of First Veritas Question Bank CD) as well as your name.  After registration, the Question Bank is ready for use.


If you are not connected to Internet:

Please select Registration method as “SMS” and follow the below mentioned Steps:

Step 1: Enter CD Key (provided along with purchase of First Veritas Question Bank CD)

Step 2: Enter name

Step 3: Enter your personal email address

Step 4: Click on generate SMS

Step 5: Copy the code mentioned in “Send to Number box and send SMS to +2348104039756” (Refer to picture above)

Step 6: You will receive an SMS back from 1stveritas team, which you need to enter in the “Registration code” Box and click on register


You can select the Subject, Year and Number of Questions you want to answer at every time. After this, you can choose to do the “Revision Test” which tells you the correct answer for each test question, “Practice Test” which gives a score at the end of each test or “Exam” which allows you to time yourself and gives a score at the end of the test.

The Question Bank also features Study Tips as well as Usage Guide

Why Learning To Write Is More Fun With First Veritas Pinwheel Writing

Teaching small children the rudiments of writing require more than just the ability to teach. Understanding a child’s special needs like the development of fine motor skills can help to prepare a child for writing. We should remember that what seems simple for an adult, like holding a pen properly, may be a big challenge for children. Pushing them to do something they simply are not yet capable of will cause unnecessary anxiety.

Teachers should possess not only an infinite dose of patience and consideration but also the wisdom to know when to put a little prodding for maximum positive effect. Aside from that, having the right teaching tools such as the Pinwheel series from 1st Veritas is essential.

Pre-primary school books in Nigeria today are more responsive to the learning needs of early childhood education. These tools are designed to best prepare young minds for smooth transition to formal education. The publisher First Veritas is an educational organization that provides innovative tools for the 21st century.

In Pursuit of Excellence: First Veritas

Publishing a book is not an easy process. A book that comes out of the press is a reflection of both the author and the publisher. Books say a lot of about the persons or the institutions behind its publication. A lousy book shows that it has been prepared by novices and inept people while publications that are of high quality reflect the creators’ commitment to excellence. The latter is the pursuit of 1stVeritas.

Publishers in Nigeria are continually upgrading in order to meet the demands of the new system of education. The frontrunner First Veritas has introduced innovations that are designed to maximize the learning potential. Their strength lies on the expertise of the people who are working to make these books possible.

Your Pre-Schooler’s First Day in School

Making Children Love School


We all acknowledge the importance of education for little kids, however we have to help our kids get the right attitude towards school. It is normal for a child to be a little scared on his or her first day of school. They will be exposed to strangers and be away from the comfort of their own home. Parents of preschoolers play an important role in preparing their kids for this big day. Telling stories about how exciting school is helps. Letting your child know that she will meet new friends and learn new things is also helpful.

School administration should endeavour to create a welcoming atmosphere at the school so that little children do not get intimidated. Having toys and colorful pictures in preschool rooms can help a child feel comfortable. Educators should think of an innovation that would make a child’s first day in school memorable. A pleasant experience will make a child look forward to the next day of school. 1stVeritas, a publishing organization in Nigeria gives out colorful Pinwheel toys to schools from time to time. This move reinforces the idea that school is fun.

The Well-Rounded Scholar

Who is a well rounded scholar? The Scholar who knows a little bit of everything or the scholar who knows a great deal about a few things?

Most people consider a student to be well rounded when he is not only excelling in academics but also in sports. I may agree up to a certain point only because being well-rounded is not only about academics and sports. Just merely being involved in several activities does not make a well-rounded student. One has to look at the individual’s level of commitment towards activities instead of just counting numbers. Commitment is an indicator of maturity and responsibility – traits that are necessary when pursuing higher education at the university.

We always say that education is empowerment. However we can only truly say that when we see our youth pursue worthwhile activities and grow up to be responsible citizens of the society. Hence, a good basic foundation in education is vital.

Along these lines comes the necessity of providing books that respond to this need. Books need to be produced to meet the needs of the consumers. Students go to school to gain knowledge. This knowledge has to be presented in ways that the student can easily grasp, understand and use. Publishers of educational books and materials, like 1stVeritas, need to be aware of this and be cognizant of it while producing materials for Nigeria’s future leaders.