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Following the success of the 2015 World Book Day (WBD) event the SA Booksellers Association continued to spread the power of reading in celebration of World Book Day 2016.

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International literacy assessments have provided ample data for ranking nations, charting growth, and casting blame. Summarizing the findings of these assessments, which afford a useful vantage from which to view world literacy as it evolves, the book World Literacy, How Countries Rank and Why It Matters by John W. Miller and Michael C. McKenna, “examines literate behavior worldwide, in terms of both the ability of populations from a wide variety of nations to read and the practice of literate behavior in those nations,” reads the introduction to the book published by Routledge.

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By Jessica Taylor, published here with thanks to Biz-community.com

The expansion of Van Schaik Bookstore into neighbouring countries dates back to 2006 when it opened its first store in Windhoek at the University of Namibia. The second Namibian store was opened in 2012 at the Oshakati Campus. More recently, the bookstore opened a branch in Gaborone, Botswana at Fairgrounds Mall, followed by four shops in Swaziland – three at the local university and one at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, in July and October, respectively. This affords Van Schaik the opportunity to service students from the respective universities, tertiary learning institutions and schools in surrounding areas, as well as those studying through correspondence.

Here, Stephan Erasmus, MD of Van Schaik Bookstore, shares his vision for education in Africa and how he believes providing access to textbooks in other disenfranchised markets is a step in the right direction…

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Members of the SA Booksellers Association and the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) gather once a year to discuss matters pertaining to the industry, to be inspired by guest speakers and to catch up with the latest trends on both a local and global scale. This year the co-located AGM’s and the celebratory Sefika and Booksellers Choice Awards will take place in Cape Town, at the Vineyard Hotel on the 30–31st August.

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The first three months of every year marks the celebration of words and books, with International Mother Language Day on the 2nd of February, World Read Aloud Day on the 24th of the same month, World Book Day on the 23rd of April and of course book fair giant London Book Fair also in April. All the celebrations and festivities prompted Bookmark to take a look at an important aspect of improving literacy that has been getting more and more attention at literary events: Translations.

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Although we may be watching slightly less television per day than we did in 2000, our eyes, in the words of our mothers, are definitely still getting squarer. According to We Are Social 2015, South Africans are now spending twice as much time again on web-based media as they do viewing television. Online video views are growing at a tremendous rate, now accounting for a quarter of our web activity, a close second to social media activity. Apart from watching traditional 2D video recordings, viewers can now easily dip into live streaming video content as it is being recorded, as well as watch interactive video, 3D video, and immersive content such as VR (Virtual Reality) video and 360 degree video.

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The public library was once seen as one of the greatest inventions of the modern age—a physical representation of the Enlightenment-era belief that citizens should be able to have free and equal access to knowledge. Over the years, libraries became temples to the printed word and the buildings that they were housed in were often monumental spaces of grandiose design. Today, the library’s role is changing from that of a quiet sanctuary of books to a community hub with information on offer in varying formats from books to digital solutions, and they have even grown beyond their walls so that people can interact with them from home.

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The Digital Book World conference took place in March and though the printed book was very much the prom queen, the four major American tech companies of our age were likened to the four horsemen of the Apocalypse of the event.

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The annual Bologna Book Fair was scheduled for the week before London which gave overseas visitors a rare chance to visit both as, normally, they are several weeks apart – making the cost for S.A. Publishers and Booksellers prohibitive (or rather even more prohibitive than they already are).

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The tenth annual Franschhoek Literary Festival was another resounding success – a culmination of perfect weather; enthusiastic bookaholics; outspoken authors and informative, entertaining and challenging events.

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Check this out for another good example of local libraries working with their constituents: “The internet is littered with advice columns on how to look your best during a job interview—and for men dressing to impress, this usually includes wearing a tie. But what happens when a cash-strapped guy doesn’t have the funds to purchase the necessary neckwear?

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A Book for Every Child Foundation invites Publishers, Writers, Book sellers, comic strip writers, Illustrators, Librarians and other interested parties to participate in its inaugural children’s book fair. The Book fair is a platform where the love of reading will be fostered. This annual event will also be a harvesting ground for writers of children’s books, publishers, and illustrators.

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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.

Leerlinge van die Imizamo Yethu-township in Houtbaai bou selfvertroue in hul leesvaardighede deur hardop te lees vir honde.

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.

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