Home / All News

Seven-year-old Athandiwe Sikade of Khayelitsha in Cape Town has been announced the winner of Nal’ibali’s storytelling competition, Story Bosso. The competition, designed as a nationwide talent search to get people of all ages excited about reading and telling stories, invited members of the public to send in audio or video clips of themselves reading or telling their favourite stories. Read more here.

The Classroom of the Future was a much talked about theme at this years Frankfurt Book Fair. The Fair was open to the public on the last two days and youth, dressed up in their favourite literary or comic book characters flooded into the Fair. The classroom of the future was a key point of interest. The installation portrayed a vision of the future where small groups of children worked together on nine explorative tours in five different subject areas where they created machines out of LEGO, scanned seashells to be printed in 3D, and told their own stories using sound. The whole installation was led by a hybrid textbook of the future, and it is this small detail that is most exciting. Read more…

Reaching over 18 000 people and collecting over 2 000 stories from South Africans across the country in just one month, the Nal’ibali storytelling competition, ‘Story Bosso’, has helped drive literacy change in homes and communities throughout the country by reviving the lost era of storytelling. Read more…

Open Access Week – celebrated internationally during the third week of October – is a highlight on the LIASA calendar. Libraries have always been and still are about providing access to quality information for a better educated nation, which in turn leads to an empowered society with a higher life expectancy. Information needs to be kept open, for people to remain informed and to engage in self- and lifelong-learning, and to empower themselves.

Read more…

The Open Book Festival (OBF) ran from 9 to 13 September and attracted just over 9 800 people and 166 participants to the core programme. There was a strong international presence this year, with 26 participants from all over the world, including the UK, USA, Ukraine, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, China, Nigeria, France, Switzerland, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Festival goers experienced true Cape Town weather with a day from every season, but come heat, rain or wind, the OBF was set to be a success. Read more…

National Book Week (NBW) was launched in 2010 and started as a joint initiative between The South African Book Development Council (SABDC) and The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC).

Read more…

From as little as 30 attendees and almost no funds in 2014, the Eastern Cape Book Festival (ECBF) has grown to 200 literary-hungry attendees in 2015 with the promise of big things still to come. We spoke to Selome Payne, festival co curator and owner of Poetree Publications about what the buzz is all about and what the future holds.

Read more…

Business model innovation is a topic that most businesses and industries have been grappling with since the rise and growth of all things digital – e-commerce platforms, mobile consumption, or social engagement to name just a few. In its most basic form, business model innovation is the development of new, unique products and services to support and grow an organisation’s financial viability and the steps or processes necessary to deliver on these products and services for sustainable future growth.

Read more…

Die wenners van die Rapport Boekpryse en Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir 2015 is vandag aangekondig. Die wenners is as volg:

  • Buys deur Willem Anker (Kwela) – kykNET-Rapport Boekprys, Fiksie
  • Nagmusiek deur Stephanus Muller (Fourth Wall Books) – kykNET-Rapport Boekprys, Niefiksie
  • Ester deur Kerneels Breytenbach (Human & Rousseau) – kykNET-Rapport Boekprys, Film
  • Nagmusiek deur Stephanus Muller (Fourth Wall Books) – Jan Rabie-Rapportprys

Lees meer op Bookslive.

If you are in France and want a quick read before the busy day ahead, stop at one of the eight short story vending machines. Read more on Publishing Perspectives.


The publishing director of Jonathan Ball Publishers, Jeremy Boraine gives us five reasons why books in SA are so expensive. Read more on Publishing Perspectives.

Leserskring/Leisure Books, a division of Media24Books, requires a seasoned books buyer with a passion for books, a deep understanding of the book market, exceptional decision-making abilities and a team player. Read more about this position here:

Books Buyer

Svetlana Alexievich was announced as the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. The announcement was made this afternoon in Stockholm by Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius.

Annually On the Dot Pamphlets visits their depots to ensure data quality and operational efficiencies, this year was no different, although this year the team engaged with all depots but selected a number of depots to be visited to ensure that we have provided our clients with the most up-to-date and accurate data set available.

Read more on Biz Community.

“At the intersection of content, science, and technology sits Elsevier. The 135-year-old institution has evolved from a science publisher to a information solutions company that leverages technology to help science, health, and technology professionals make groundbreaking discoveries through a suite of products.
Elisa Cool from Contently recently interviewed Elsevier R&D Solutions CMO Sumita Singh on how they have transformed from being a traditional scientific publisher to becoming more of an information technology provider.
“We believe in content. We believe in comprehensive content—good, quality content. But what we do with the content is where we add value for our customers,” she said.

Read the full article on Contently.

Literati the world over are busy pencilling the six shortlisted titles for the Man Booker prize down on to-read lists. At least one is sure to appear in your stocking this Christmas. The publishers of the happy few will have sent out new orders for vastly inflated print runs, anticipating the heightened demand. “And herein lies the reason why we have the prize. It is the publisher’s answer to the persistent grumble that fiction is in its death throes, something that has been a regular and common strand to accompany this art form for the past couple of centuries, but more prevalent with the rise in digital publishing,” writes Stacy Gills about the importance of literary prizes on Tech Central. Publishings Bastion against the Death of the Novel

When Mervyn Sloman and Ben Williams planned to add a new literary festival to the South African calendar, they hoped for 60 events with 15 international authors and local talent, but in it’s fifth year the Open Book Festival will have over 100 events in 2015, featuring over 100 of the best local and international authors. The festival attracts the largest number of international authors compared to any festival of its kind in South Africa and 2015 will be no different, with 21 international authors already confirmed. Sloman says festival-goers can look forward to a wealth of stimulating and entertaining experiences. One of the main purposes of the festival is to encourage a love of books and reading and this is done throughout the year through two projects: the stocking of libraries at underprivileged schools and a mentoring project which nurtures the interest students in Cape Town have in writing. The vision of the festival is to build a love of reading and books among the youth of Cape Town and to be an international festival with an audience and authors from around the world whilst still showcasing some of South Africa’s best writing talent. We spoke to well-known South African author C.A. Davids who will be attending her second Open Book Festival this year. Carol-Ann has an MA in Creative Writing from UCT and currently works as a writer and editor. Read more…

The South African Book Development Council (SABDC) is proud to be hosting the 6th Annual National Book Week (NBW) from 7–13 September 2015. National Book Week is the longest running, most successful reading campaign in South Africa to date and it has grown in leaps and bounds this year. The initiative is aimed at uncovering the thrill and magic of reading books. It is guided by the idea that when the nation learns to share the joy of reading books, the country as a whole benefits as this leads to empowered, self reliant communities. Read more…

Adams Bookstore this year celebrated a milestone not many bookstores ever get the opportunity to do: 150 years of trading by the same family. Adams and Company was established in 1865 in Durban and offered stationery, magazines and books to the colonial community. Many years later there are 11 stores spread over Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The core focus of each store is different, but you can expect to find a wide range of general books as well as tertiary education books in each. We caught up with Peter Adams, Managing Director of Adams Bookstore and honorary secretary of the SA Booksellers Association who gives us an insight to his 48 year long career of book trading. Read more…

The first half of 2015 in the trade sector has been one of colouring books and more colouring books, albeit ever more expensive colouring books as the Rand plummeted from R18 to the British Pound on January the 1st to R19 by the end of June. Deon Meyer kept local spirits high with yet another mega seller, Ikarus while the banting craze inspired by Prof. Tim Noakes continued unabated. Job cuts and store closures at CNA caused tremors across the trade. We waved goodbye to the Kalahari brand, faced an existential dilemma in the wake of the Franschhoek furore, got our hopes up when Marlene van Niekerk was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and finally gave a sigh of relief when E.L. James provided welcome respite amidst continued loadshedding woes. Read more

Member Login
Reset Login
Download the latest bookmark
Our official magazine is distributed free of charge to all members as well as influential people in the book trade, from publishers to government departments.
Contact the SA Booksellers office to advertise in this space
Google Play App Apple IOS App
Subscribe to our newsletter