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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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Legends-of-bookselling

A new category, sponsored by Exclusive Books was profiled at the Booksellers’ Choice Awards and this was presented to four legends in the bookselling trade, people who have dedicated their lives to selling books and to supporting everyone in the trade to do so successfully. Benjamin Trisk, the erudite MD of Exclusive Books regaled the audience with tales of yore before calling up Maureen Hargraves of Hargraves Library Suppliers, Henrietta Dax of Clarkes Bookshop, Fleur Mcfarlane of Exclusive Books and Peter Adams of Adams Booksellers.

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Academic-Report

By Mohamed Kharwa. Like last year 2015–2016 has proved to be another challenging year for academic bookselling in the regions and nationally. Bookselling was impacted by protest and student strikes on campuses across the country following the #FeesMustFall protests. A struggling economy, the wide range in exchange rates, political uncertainty, global events like Brexit, and global economic downturns have provided a perfect storm that has made the South African business environment a difficult one to grow in.

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General-Trade-Report

By Olinka Nell. The first half of 2016 proved most eventful in the general trade. The currency rollercoaster first wreaked havoc with unit sales (post-Nenegate) before blowing holes in budgets based on price increase projections (post- Brexit). Prices increased by up to 12% in the first months of the year, with unit sales dropping by more than 6% as a result. Bookshops were still able to show some growth based on higher price, but could potentially be hit hard when prices started to drop after the weakening of the pound in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

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By Melvin Kaabwe. The year saw a further investment by Gauteng into e-learning solutions and an expanded tablet roll-out for public k-12 (basic education) schools. In the private sector, all the chain k-12 education providers continue to improve their own versions of e-learning with emphasis on additonal Learning Teacher Student Materials (LTSM) whilst upskilling teachers to develop more interactive content for their students.

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Library-Report

By Richard Hargraves. I would really like to start a report with, “Full steam ahead!” but I am afraid this is still not the case. Library supply is a case of stop, start and return to the start with reams of paperwork in between. Always have twenty sets of original and certified documents on hand at all times is my advice to people wondering how to break into the market which one would think a very strange requirement. It is an administrative nightmare and ensures you to have a good collection of rubber stamps.

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Education-Report

By Hentie Gericke. The academic year 2014 saw a complete overhaul of textbooks for Grades 1–12. The Heads of the Education Department Committee (HEDCOM) has recommended that the present catalogues be retained for another five years. The main reasons are that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is happy with Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and budgets are under pressure. A new catalogue process will put increased pressure on the already strained economy.

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Publishing chief executives have been urged to spend a day working on the bookshop floor by the new president of the Booksellers Association. Ros de la Hey (pictured), who is owner of the Main Street Trading Company in St Boswells, said she hoped to launch a new scheme for booksellers and publishers, called Adopt a C.e.o. Read the article on The Bookseller.

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The UK’s Publishers Association (PA) has followed its membership survey with what its leadership calls a manifesto, setting out key priorities on which the publishing industry wants government focus during and after its negotiations to leave the European Union. Brexit: Implications for the UK Publishing Industry is a four-page document out today (September 6), talking points for what the industry sees as important. Publishing in the United Kingdom, according to the PA, collectively contributes more than £4.4 billion (US$5.9 billion) to the economy. Digital revenues comprise some 32 percent of that, the PA says, while export sales of books account for 43 percent. Read more here.

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