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Over the course of the last few years, it has come to feel that we bookish types are stuck in our very own world war one re-enactment, in trench warfare over where the money lines are drawn. Who will taste defeat first? The publishers? The booksellers? The agents? Or, dread thought, might it be the writers? Mounted on my high horse, surveying the clamorous battlefield, I fear it is another regiment which is most in peril. The Readers.

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Poetry lovers will have a feast at this year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival with 15 poetry events – for every possible taste – spread over three days. Far from being the lesser literary cousin of the novel, the form’s popularity seems to increase year after year, lending itself, as it does, generously to both quiet reading and reading aloud.

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In celebration of World Book Day, the International Publishers Association released an infographic about children and reading. 

View the interesting facts here.



Today, 23 April 2015, the world will celebrate World Book Day.  The SA Booksellers association strives toward promoting a culture of reading and learning by supporting literary events and initiatives and by assisting its members to do so.

Read more on how you can celebrate this important day here.

The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is launching the special children’s literacy rights poster below today to assert and affirm for children what they need to become inspired and competent readers and writers. Read more about the campaign here.

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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Read more on how Nal’ibali will celebrate World Book Day here.

It is almost time for the annual Franschhoek Literary Festival. A number of early evening events have been added to the lineup of the 2015 FLF, offering festival goers a relaxing and entertaining wind-down before heading off for dinner.

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The media often depicts Millennials as interested in games and apps more than reading, as entirely digitally focused, and as connecting with their peers exclusively through social media, but is that picture accurate? According to new research by publishing industry software and service provider Publishing Technology, Millennials are not as digitally inclined as earlier thought.

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Preparations for the South African Book Fair 2015, to be held in Johannesburg for the first time, are well underway. 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.

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In celebrating 100 years of contributing to education in South Africa on 25 March 2015, Oxford University Press Southern Africa (OUPSA) has launched its flagship centenary campaign, “Every child deserves a dictionary”. The campaign will see the educational publisher donating 20,000 dictionaries to schools across South Africa that would otherwise not have the funds to buy such an important and valuable resource.

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“Is SA keeping up with the global trends regarding the e-book?” This was the main point of discussion at this year’s Digital Technology Summit. The summit, hosted by the South African Book Development Council, took place on the 18 and 19th of March in Pretoria. The aim of this summit was to work towards a coherent digital strategy that serves the needs of all producers and users of books – individual readers of all ages, the book industry, institutions (libraries, educational bodies, corporates and others) and government.

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At the recent Digital Summit held 18-19 March 2015 in Pretoria, a representative of the National Department of Basic Education presented the department’s draft national digital strategy. The department will be inviting input from all stakeholders.

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The underground library, a tiny one-room house with precast walls and a corrugated iron ceiling, was started after its chairperson Neo Mathetsa realised most young people of school going age in his community could not read. He then turned his one-roomed house, hidden behind his mother’s four-room house, into a library.

Read more on the Mail and Guardian

Frank Schembari loves books — printed books. He loves how they smell. He loves scribbling in the margins, underlining interesting sentences, folding a page corner to mark his place.

Schembari is not a retiree who sips tea at Politics and Prose or some other bookstore. He is 20, a junior at American University, and paging through a thick history of Israel between classes, he is evidence of a peculiar irony of the Internet age: Digital natives prefer reading in print.

Read more on The Washington Post


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 available on both Android and IOS. Download and read all the previous and latest versions of Bookmark for free on the Bookmark Magazine App.

A big thanks again to Snapplify for the offer and support.

To download the App for Android from Play Store click here and for IOS click here

You can also download it from the web store here



The global eBook aggregator, Snapplify, is partnering with Booksellers to sell eBooks from over 250 leading publishers.

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A busy year lies ahead of the book lovers and literary fans with exciting not to be missed events. On the radar we’ve got all the well known events like the Franschhoek Literary Festival in May and the South African Book Fair in July, but also some exciting new events with the first Indie Book Fair in South Africa taking place in March.

The Bookmark calendar is a handy piece to print out or save to make sure you don’t miss anything in 2015. Click on the image above to download it now.

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. 

Read more on The Huffington Post

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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