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Today (4 March 2015) marks one of the most important dates on the literacy calendar, World Read Aloud Day. A day set out to raise awareness of the importance of reading aloud across the world.
To celebrate this day in South Africa, Nal’ibali commissioned a new story, Sisanda’s Gift by Gina Mhlophe to share with the children in our lives. The story is available in all 11 official languages and can be downloaded on the website or on the mobisite.

To read more on this initiative visit the Nal’ibali website  and visit Litworld.org to find out how the rest of the world will celebrate this day.

Don’t lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet! A slew of recent studies shows that print books are still popular, even among millennials. What’s more: further research suggests that this trend may save demonstrably successful learning habits from certain death. Take comfort in these 9 studies that show that print books have a promising future. 

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Print book sales for General Trade for the Christmas 2014 season had booksellers worldwide rejoicing, with headlines like “Print is back” and “Death of books greatly exaggerated” leaving physical bookstore owners in a frenzy of delight such as they haven’t known since 2009. Foyles, the UK bookselling chain, said physical book sales had risen 8% over Christmas while Waterstones revealed a 5% increase in December. But closer inspection reveals a more complex interpretation of the surge in sales of print books. Nicolene Finlayson zoomed in for some details.

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There has been much written about the passing of André Brink in the media and we at Bookmark feel for those in the industry who were touched by this great man. We mark his passing with some heartfelt comments from industry players on how André made a difference in South Africa.

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After a less successful South African Book Fair (SABF) in 2014, the board received some valuable input from members at the AGM meeting in August and introduced a few developments for 2015. Not only will this event now take place in Johannesburg, but it will also take place a month after the usual date. We asked new Programme Director, Batya Green-Bricker, to fill us in.

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Everyone has an opinion on the changes taking place in the publishing industry, as well as in the bricks-and-mortar bookshops. Some people even talk about a revolution taking place in the production of literary material. What seems certain is that dramatic realignments are underway and that the cause is very likely the irresistible march of technology. Clare-Rose Julius & David Robbins tells us all about the very first Indie Book Fair in South Africa.

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Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for ‘Here is the story) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign that is bringing the power of reading and stories, in African languages as well as English, into the homes of SA families. Read more to find out what’s in store for Nal’ibali in 2015 and how you can get involved.

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What better way to understand an industry than by following the consumer? For the past four years, this is what a team of experts at Scholastic did, with the goal of understanding how children and teens are consuming media, specifically books in an era where technology is taking over our day-to-day lives. Elize Knoetze discusses the findings of the study.

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Reading and Writing Solutions is a registered NPO promoting reading as an integral part in the education and development of learners. Samantha Faure started this reading programme of intervention in February 2014 and tells us more about the project.

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With the back to school  period just behind us, we wonder why textbooks always break the bank. Mohamed Kharwa, Vice President of the SA Booksellers Association and the Academic Sector Chairperson, answers a few questions on university/college textbooks.

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Infobesity, infoxication – these two words describe the paralyzing effect that information overload has on our ability to make decisions or understanding of a concept, particularly in the digital space. Today’s marketers are finding it harder to be heard, while internet users are finding it increasingly difficult to manage the sheer volume of incoming information, much harder to keep from being distracted, and are increasingly concerned about their privacy. Alan Vesty delves deeper into this topic.

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Give the gift of reading this April with World Book Day 2015.  Organised by the SA Booksellers Association, you will be able to donate childrens’ books for only R15 from participating SA Bookseller members.

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For the first-time ever, The South African Book Fair 2015 (SABF) will be held in Johannesburg,  South Africa’s industrial and cultural centre. It promises to bring to Jozi a literary festival like no other, and will be held at the beautiful and historic Turbine Hall in Newtown on 31 July – 2 August 2015. We would like to invite you to submit ideas and suggestions for the events programme.

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There’s a revolution going on in publishing. Commercial publishers in South Africa are reluctant to take risks on new authors and new subjects. Vanity publishers are making a killing. But that won’t last forever. There’s a lot of space opening up between these two poles, and it’s in this widening terrain that the independent publishing revolution is taking place.

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Only weeks after Harper Lee announced that To Kill a Mockingbird’s sequel will be published, it is announced that a brand new, previously unpublished Dr. Seuss book has been discovered, and will arrive in bookstores on July 28th!

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An application for the Bookmark magazine has been in the pipeline for ages and our dream has finally come true! With the generous sponsorship from Snapplify, Bookmark now has an App, which will be available on Android and IOS. The free Bookmark Magazine App, is already live on Android and you can read the previous edition of Bookmark on your phone now! We are waiting for approval from Apple and we hope to get it in time for the next edition to be uploaded. 

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The recent success of the enhanced ebook edition of American Sniper–which has reportedly sold over 166,000 copies, besting its unenhanced analog in the iBooks Store–has some asking whether a winning formula has been found at last.
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For the first-time ever, the SABF will be held in Johannesburg in 2015.  The Fair is for publishers, authors, speakers, book shops and book distributors, librarians and literary agents, and the general public. Be sure to save the date for what promises to be the best fair yet on 31 July – 2 August.

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People who read regularly for pleasure have greater levels of self-esteem, are less stressed, and can cope better with difficult situations than lapsed or non-readers, new research for Galaxy Quick Reads has found.

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