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With the introduction of programs such as Indie Next’s Revisit & Rediscover that highlight backlist titles, as well as backlist book swaps at bookseller gatherings, the American Booksellers Association has tried to encourage independent booksellers to carry more backlist titles. Publishers, too, have been pushing for a change. At the start of the year, HarperCollins introduced one of the most innovative programs to date: offering a discount on Harper and Harlequin backlist books for indies. Publishers Weekly

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21 – 26 February 2017, Grahamstown Presented by: The Puku Children’s Literature Foundation It is Puku Story Festival time in Grahamstown again and festival organisers are thrilled to announce that this year’s guest of honour is legendary musician, poet, storyteller and teacher Latozi Mpahleni, better known as Madosini. Widely acknowledged as the foremost living player of isitolotolo, uhadi and the umrhube mouth bow, Madosini is truly a national treasure formally recognised by the Department of Arts and Culture as a Living Legend. Festival director, Ziyanda Gysman can hardly contain her excitement at having Madosini at the Festival this year. “Alongside other iconic Eastern Cape writers and artists such as Dr Sindiwe Magona and Dr John Kani, Madosini is internationally acclaimed […]

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The SA Bookseller’s Association recently announced the development of an official online training programme. The qualification will carry the endorsement of the association, with plans to obtain SETA accreditation in the next phase. This exciting new project was made possible thanks to generous sponsorship by Bargain Books and Exclusive Books. The programme is being developed for SABA by a company called Tuit Learning, who specialise in online courses, and have extensive experience in partnering with universities and companies in South Africa. Students will be able to enrol in individual courses, but will need all the courses to obtain the qualification. It will be available from the SABA website, and is open to anyone at a cost of R1500 per course. […]

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Book Aid International has teamed up with 20 stars of the children’s book world to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day (WBD). The charity began releasing a new reason to promote children’s books on social media on 3rd February and is continuing every working day until WBD on 2nd March. Book Aid International hopes the celebrations will draw more attention to the value of children’s literature as well as the need for children’s books in the communities where the charity works. The rest of the campaign will feature additional laureates, authors and publishers and a blog will be updated daily on the charity’s website. The project is running alongside the organisation’s WBD celebrations such as school children donating […]

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One night in the fall of 2015, a bookseller from Hong Kong was blindfolded, handcuffed, and abducted to China, where he spent months in solitary confinement for selling controversial political books banned in mainland China. Four other booksellers met the same fate, and since then—despite mass protests over what happened—several bookstores have closed. In a new pop-up bookstore in central Hong Kong, open on February 16 and 17, Amnesty International will sell more than 1,000 books with blacked-out passages to call attention to the censorship. Hong Kong, which is part of China but has a separate political system, has laws protecting freedom of expression. The new bookstore points out how those laws are threatened, affecting both booksellers and the press. […]

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14-Exclusives

The shortlist for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2017 has been announced and South Africa has a few nominees. The new and much touted Exclusive Books Hyde Park store has been shortlisted for the Bookstore of the year and is competing against old timer Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France and New Zealand’s Time Out Bookstore in Auckland for the title. The awards, which are held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association celebrate excellence in sixteen categories, including international publishing, academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation. The second South African contester, in for the second year in a row, is the Open Book Festival run by SA Booksellers Association member The Book […]

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The goal of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) project is to create a new city library in the late monarch’s honor by converting an existing structure into a Library scheduled to open in March this year. This is welcome news in comparison to the pressure currently being placed on library budgets in the US and the UK. The project, situated on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue, is part of a campaign to advertise Bangkok as a City of Learning, one that promotes a culture of reading. The initiative was launched in 2013, when Bangkok was named by UNESCO as a World Book Capital. BMA officials say they hope that the library’s prime location—accessible to both car and public transportation, and “just a […]

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In a question and answer period with analysts following the release of its results for 2016, Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky touched on why the online giant has opened bookstores and other physical stores. “We think the bookstores for instance are a really great way for customers to engage with our devices and see them, touch them, play with them and become fans. So we see a lot of value in that,” Olsavsky said. He indicated that Amazon will continue to add more physical spaces, saying that “we’re still in that phase where we’re testing and learning and getting better.” He had no definitive word on expansion plans for the bookstores, noting that the company will open five bookstores this year […]

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20-21Jonathan-Ball

When and how did you start in the book business? I joined an American company, Collier-Macmillan in late 1970. I was about to finish my National Service in the Air Force and applied to an advert in the newspaper. I hitched from Pretoria to Johannesburg in my blue step-out uniform. Too late to make it home to change into ‘civvies’ I went straight to the interview in my Air Force blues. This turned out to be fortuitous as the person conducting the interview, Rudi Houwert, had been in the Royal Dutch Marines. Lean (having never had a publishing lunch), sun-touched, short haired – Houwert like the ‘cut of my jib’ and took me through for an immediate interview with the […]

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21-Fogertys-Bookshop

Where: Walmer Park Shopping Centre Port Elizabeth Since: Shop opened 29th November 1946 Contact: Teresa Fogarty Are you chain or independent? Independent How did you get into the book selling business and acquire your own store? My father Basil Fogarty started the shop in a basement shop in Port Elizabeth’s Main Street. The shop was huge and full of the most amazing books. My parents used to hold Art Exhibitions for the likes of Erma Stern. The shop moved from 59 Main Street to the Library Building on the Market Square and then across the road to the Traduna Building for about 20 years. During this time I took over in 1987. I have been running the shop ever since […]

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18Frankfurt

Frankfurt was abuzz this year with a variety of talking points for publishers, booksellers and related stakeholders all facing an exciting new phase in the evolving story of human-kinds finest invention, the book. The guest of honour this year was the Netherlands and Flanders region. I was most pleased to see the vast array and depth of available content from all genres and variety of forms. The availability of book content has never been more engaging for people to enjoy, from pop-up books to holographic electronic reserves of digital content. Now more than ever, there really is something for everyone to find accessible. Some of the most interesting topics for me and other trade visitors related to digital were:

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Our two data supply members; Nielsen Bookscan international and Bookdata Sapnet give us a good look at the markets. The Sapnet numbers show a steady uptick in sales over the past three years with regards to both quantity and average selling price. Key Book Trends

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Letters

“The Novice Reader” is in general a child in preschool up to Grade R. “The Decoding Reader” is generally the child in the Foundation Phase that is Grade 1 – 3. The “Fluent Reader” is the Upper Junior or Intermediate child – Grades 4 – 7. Learning to read doesn’t happen on a given day – it is a process that develops well through our lives. There is robust research out there that reports a high correlation between knowledge of letters and success in learning to read. Many of the reading programs used in our schools today begin with this very premise.

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The-Good-ones

Every year, parents line up in Limpopo, desperate to get their children into Mbili Secondary School in Thohoyandou, which they feel will secure their future. And what do these parents know? They know what we now know — that in 2012, the pass rate at Mbilwi was 99.3%. Out of 421 grade 12 learners, 325 got bachelor’s passes, opening the doors to a university degree. So why do these parents line up? Why do we send children to school? To gain knowledge, to learn about math, reading and how to interact with others and to grow. We hope that school will make them active citizens and lead them to productive careers.

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Google vs Microsoft vs Apple “Since the Apple IIe desktop computer found a home in California schools in the 80’s, ushering in the era of the classroom PC, Apple and Microsoft have vied for the attention of American students. With the introduction of the iPad in 2010, Apple had a tool poised to displace the PC as an education essential, and the app-based software to go along with it. Within a few years, the company was selling millions of the touch-screen devices to schools, eclipsing Microsoft, which was marketing its own devices and free Office software to students. In 2013, Apple devices accounted for 50% of shipments to U.S. classrooms, according to research firm Futuresource Consulting. Microsoft, despite its lead […]

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The way forward for centralized procurement Report on the Meeting between ESP Consulting, who have been commissioned by the Treasury to compile a report recommending methods of sourcing Learner Teacher Support Materials (LTSM) in SA and executive members of the SA Booksellers Association.

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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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