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20-21Jonathan-Ball

When and how did you start in the book business? I joined an American company, Collier-Macmillan in late 1970. I was about to finish my National Service in the Air Force and applied to an advert in the newspaper. I hitched from Pretoria to Johannesburg in my blue step-out uniform. Too late to make it home to change into ‘civvies’ I went straight to the interview in my Air Force blues. This turned out to be fortuitous as the person conducting the interview, Rudi Houwert, had been in the Royal Dutch Marines. Lean (having never had a publishing lunch), sun-touched, short haired – Houwert like the ‘cut of my jib’ and took me through for an immediate interview with the […]

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21-Fogertys-Bookshop

Where: Walmer Park Shopping Centre Port Elizabeth Since: Shop opened 29th November 1946 Contact: Teresa Fogarty Are you chain or independent? Independent How did you get into the book selling business and acquire your own store? My father Basil Fogarty started the shop in a basement shop in Port Elizabeth’s Main Street. The shop was huge and full of the most amazing books. My parents used to hold Art Exhibitions for the likes of Erma Stern. The shop moved from 59 Main Street to the Library Building on the Market Square and then across the road to the Traduna Building for about 20 years. During this time I took over in 1987. I have been running the shop ever since […]

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18Frankfurt

Frankfurt was abuzz this year with a variety of talking points for publishers, booksellers and related stakeholders all facing an exciting new phase in the evolving story of human-kinds finest invention, the book. The guest of honour this year was the Netherlands and Flanders region. I was most pleased to see the vast array and depth of available content from all genres and variety of forms. The availability of book content has never been more engaging for people to enjoy, from pop-up books to holographic electronic reserves of digital content. Now more than ever, there really is something for everyone to find accessible. Some of the most interesting topics for me and other trade visitors related to digital were:

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Our two data supply members; Nielsen Bookscan international and Bookdata Sapnet give us a good look at the markets. The Sapnet numbers show a steady uptick in sales over the past three years with regards to both quantity and average selling price. Key Book Trends

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Letters

“The Novice Reader” is in general a child in preschool up to Grade R. “The Decoding Reader” is generally the child in the Foundation Phase that is Grade 1 – 3. The “Fluent Reader” is the Upper Junior or Intermediate child – Grades 4 – 7. Learning to read doesn’t happen on a given day – it is a process that develops well through our lives. There is robust research out there that reports a high correlation between knowledge of letters and success in learning to read. Many of the reading programs used in our schools today begin with this very premise.

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The-Good-ones

Every year, parents line up in Limpopo, desperate to get their children into Mbili Secondary School in Thohoyandou, which they feel will secure their future. And what do these parents know? They know what we now know — that in 2012, the pass rate at Mbilwi was 99.3%. Out of 421 grade 12 learners, 325 got bachelor’s passes, opening the doors to a university degree. So why do these parents line up? Why do we send children to school? To gain knowledge, to learn about math, reading and how to interact with others and to grow. We hope that school will make them active citizens and lead them to productive careers.

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Google vs Microsoft vs Apple “Since the Apple IIe desktop computer found a home in California schools in the 80’s, ushering in the era of the classroom PC, Apple and Microsoft have vied for the attention of American students. With the introduction of the iPad in 2010, Apple had a tool poised to displace the PC as an education essential, and the app-based software to go along with it. Within a few years, the company was selling millions of the touch-screen devices to schools, eclipsing Microsoft, which was marketing its own devices and free Office software to students. In 2013, Apple devices accounted for 50% of shipments to U.S. classrooms, according to research firm Futuresource Consulting. Microsoft, despite its lead […]

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The way forward for centralized procurement Report on the Meeting between ESP Consulting, who have been commissioned by the Treasury to compile a report recommending methods of sourcing Learner Teacher Support Materials (LTSM) in SA and executive members of the SA Booksellers Association.

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VACANCY FOR AN ASSISTANT MANAGER We have a vacancy at our Stellenbosch branch for the position of Assistant Manager. Minimum requirements The candidate – Must have bookshop experience . Must have sales experience . Must be willing to work weekends, public holidays and overtime, if required . Must have valid driver’s licence . Must have own transport . Matric/NQF level 4 . Excellent command of English as well as Afrikaans . Friendly, considerate and responsible manner . Interest in and knowledge of books . Good general knowledge . . Experience in management will be a strong recommendation. APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF THE ABOVE CRITERIA ARE MET Please send a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as an application letter […]

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The international book trade has reacted with “dismay”, “horror” and “frustration” to the shock news that Republican candidate Donald Trump has beaten Democrat Hillary Clinton to take the White House as US president elect. Concerns from the UK trade have ranged from fears over an increase in uncertainty in the trading environment, to a rise of anti-intellectualism, to a rush to privatise public services in the country such as libraries. But publishers have also issued a rallying cry to the trade keep on “connecting people across the divide” with books and not to “flinch in the face of temporary setbacks”. Read their comments on The Bookseller here.

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Baroness Gail Rebuck, chair of Penguin Random House UK, delivered an educated and insightful speech on Thursday 13th October as part of a debate in the House of Lords, where Lord Bird moved that the House of Lords take “note of the cultural, civic and educational significance of local libraries and independent bookshops in the United Kingdom. “My Lords,” she said. “I would like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for initiating this debate. The big issue for me – if I may borrow a phrase from my noble Lord – is books and their enduring importance to civil society and the extent to which both bookshops and libraries are essential to their continued success. Without both, we will […]

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In a Wired article from this May, tech journalist Clive Thompson wrote about the intimacy of internet newsletters. He describes a reading experience which only has appeal if these emails are worth reading, rather than just clicking on. As Thompson points out, one of the main benefits of a newsletter is that it’s opt-in, so it doesn’t have to try to grab someone’s attention. If a reader already subscribed, you don’t need the hard sell anymore. A newsletter that acts as a big “read me” button is in danger of resembling the very spam it’s trying to distance itself from. Read this insightful article on newsletters by Noah Waltman on the Content Strategist.

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From the Harry Potter series to the Hunger Games trilogy, fiction geared to the tween and teen sets can regularly be found at the top of best-seller lists. But no amount of re-imagining of Hermione Granger as black can erase the reality that youths of color rarely see themselves represented as the main characters of young adult novels—even though they’re the fastest-growing demographic group in the United States. The diversity of the authors writing young adult literature isn’t much better. In a collaborative effort, the National Education Association Foundation, publishing house Lee & Low Books, and the nonprofit First Book will provide thousands of diverse books to schools and students in low-income communities in the UNited States. The partnership will […]

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Libraries are cornerstones of civic space, providing a free hub for learning and ideas. But with the rise of the internet, the role of the library has come into question all over the world and things are changing. American architectural photographer Elizabeth Felicella has spent the past eight years riding public transit to all 211 library branches in New York city, photographing not only their architecture and their nooks and crannies, but also the little adaptations that librarians and custodians have conjured to better retrofit the space to changing times. she argues that these buildings are not only historically significant—they are also living reflections of the communities they serve. Read more about her series, Reading Room, here.

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The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship. The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1. Read more here.

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There is an annual event pinned to the South African publishing and bookselling industry’s calendar. It is the kind of evening where colleagues that have worked, sometimes a lifetime together, gather and reminisce, and discuss current affairs. Discuss business and the business is books. South African publishing and bookselling industry’s calendar. It is the kind of evening where colleagues that have worked, sometimes a lifetime together, gather and reminisce, and discuss current affairs. Discuss business and the business is books. The celebrations are of course about books and the main winner of the evening is, a book. It is the book that all the gathered booksellers and all their compatriots countrywide have most enjoyed selling so far that year. Of […]

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Books and e-books are a key focus for takealot.com. Not just because of our heritage – following our 2015 merger with Kalahari we welcomed a huge number of passionate readers and loyal book buyers – but also because books offer something for everyone.

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Open-Book-Festival

Wednesday 7 September marked the start of the 2016 Open Book Festival. This book festival, that ran from 7–11 September, is a huge event in Cape Town that welcomes all authors, academics, literalists, and book lovers to insightful and fun sessions on authors and their stories.

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NBW-2016

For the first time since its inception, National Book Week (NBW) was celebrated in all nine provinces, which is a great feat for the industry. This year, the proud host of the campaign the South African Book Development Council (SABDC), went all out to promote the importance of books.

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Bridge-Books

In the gorgeous building at 85 Commissioner Street, you will find a new special kind of bookshop, Bridge Books. Only four months old and already on Bookmark’s must-visit list.

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