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Samantha Faure from the SA Booksellers Association spoke on Morning Live about the purpose of World Book Day that took place on Saturday the 23rd of April. View the interview below.

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Following the success of the 2015 World Book Day (WBD) event the SA Booksellers Association will continue to spread the power of reading this year. SA Booksellers Association members Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, Wordsworth and Books & Books stores around the country will celebrate WBD by having seven of the official WBD childrens’ books available in store for only R25 from the 15th of April until the 30th of April. Customers are encouraged to buy these books and donate it to Nal’ibali by putting them in the donation bins at the counter. Read more.

The longlists for the 2016 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award have been announced.

Click on the links above to view the complete lists.

Jacob Dlamini won last year’s Alan Paton Award for Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle and Damon Galgut won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for Arctic Summer.

The shortlists will be announced on Saturday, May 14 at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Inkleurboeke vir grootmense het onlangs geweldig gewild geraak, soveel so dat daar gewaarsku is teen ‘n tekort aan inkleurkryte. (Lees meer hieroor op Independent.) Vivus het onlangs berig oor die voordele wat inkleur vir grootmense inhou wat insluit die verskerping van oplettendheid en kreatiwiteit. Lees die volledige artikel hier.

 

Today is the final day of the Digital Book World conference in New York City. Lucky for those of us who could not attend, the Publishing Perspectives team was there and Porter Anderson has and will be posting insightful pieces on the take home points from the conference. Interestingly enough, the feedback from the first day, which focused on the children’s market, is that children are “highly attached to physical books” and that they find locating good content on digital platforms difficult. Check out Porter’s feature piece here.

A busy year lies ahead of the book lovers and literary fans with exciting not to be missed events.

The Bookmark calendar is a handy piece to print out or save to make sure you don’t miss anything in 2016. Click on the image above to download it now.

Waterstones Managing Director James Daunt spoke to Publishing Perspectives in a wide-ranging interview that included the debate over Europe, the design of the chain’s new Tottenham Court Road store in central London and the differences between the UK and US book markets. Daunt comes across as a devoted book enthusiast, passionate about physical bookselling and determined to continue the turnaround of the UK’s leading specialist book chain. It is a lovely piece about a man that is passionate about growing the business and selling more books. He reminds me very much of Benjamin Trisk and his attitude to all the Exclusives Book stores in SA.

Interesting article on Takepart.com that discusses the education problems in the United States and their links to literacy. The issues with illiteracy and previously disadvantaged and poor communities echoes those that we face in South Africa.
“Education policy analysts agree that mastering reading by the end of third grade is a critical touchstone for young learners. That grade is the turning point between learning to read and reading to learn. Students who miss that benchmark are up to four times more likely to drop out of high school. Among struggling readers, the dropout rates are twice as high for African American and Latino students as they are for white students,” reads the article by former White house correspondent Joseph Williams. Read more…

Today (24 February 2016) 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.

This year, beloved singer-songwriter, entrepreneur and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka has teamed up with Nal’ibali to lend her voice to World Read Aloud Day. You can join Yvonne and readers from all over the world too in this massive global drive – just by reading aloud!

Read more about the campaign here.

Sales of physical books in South Africa have grown by 2.47% in 2015 based on value but have declined by 6.38% based on volume compared to 2014 for above mentioned period. Read more…

Development in and access to ICT hardware and software is expensive. Prohibitively so for the majority of the population. As a result, students turn to free resources as and when opportunity allows. Read more…

E-learning content is now available in many forms. This article attempts to survey what is generally available and what can be sold by educational booksellers in South Africa. Read more…

In academic bookselling for higher education, we have some of the most very well-informed Customers with regards to technology and especially the internet as a resource. Some of our best Customers are computer science students who will gatecrash our website just to critique. Read more…

The SA Booksellers Association would like to thank our members for their longterm support and commitment to the bookselling trade in South Africa. The Executive and the office administrator works hard to ensure that your membership fees are put to good use and to ensure that all our members experience the benefit of being a member of the SA Booksellers Association. Please do get in touch with us should you like to give us any input / requests. Read more…

South African Library Week (SALW) 2016 is upon us being launched on 11 March in KwaZulu-Natal by the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture and celebrated up to Human Rights Day on 21 March, the anniversary of the massacre at Sharpeville of 69 people who gave up their lives in the fight for fundamental human rights to life, equality and dignity. Read more…

The media described the rise of ebooks as a death knell for independent and chain bookstores no less than five years ago. Overseas the Borders superstore was faltering, Amazon was gaining market share and independent booksellers were on the front line. In South Africa, booksellers looked nervously abroad to see what would come. Read more…

A pop-up art-book installation floating just northwest of Downtown L.A. in the city’s Echo Park Lake is proving that when it comes to libraries, if you build it, people will come. The custom-made eight-by-eight-foot wooden raft that comes equipped with shelves on the sides was set up by artist Sarah Peters. TheTreading material on the Floating Library includes nearly 80 handmade books created by both local and national artists and authors. Read more on takepart.

Writer of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go set a watchman, Harper Lee has passed away on Friday, 19 February at the age of 89. The SA Booksellers Association would like to pay tribute to this great woman. 

Editions at Play, a joint e-books publishing venture between Google Creative Lab Sydney and the design-driven publishing house Visual Editions, which launched this week. With the mission of reimagining what an e-book can be, Editions at Play brings together the author, developers, and designers to work simultaneously on building a story from the ground up. They are the opposite of the usual physical-turned-digital-books; rather, they’re books that “cannot be printed.”
The concept reminds me a bit of those adventure stories my brother used to read when we were young where you could choose different paths through the book. Check out Fast Company’s article on it here.

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