South Africa
Books That Matter: How David Philip Publishers Managed to Reissue Banned Books During Apartheid

Books That Matter: How David Philip Publishers Managed to Reissue Banned Books During Apartheid

David Philip Publishers has shared an excerpt from Books That Matter: David Philip Publishers During the Apartheid Years, a memoir by Marie Philip. David Philip Publishers was established in 1971, with the aim of publishing “books that matter for Southern Africa” and challenging mainstream apartheid thinking. In 1992, Nadine Gordimer of the founders: “David and Marie...
Crunch Time for South African Publishing

Crunch Time for South African Publishing

This is a re-blog from arthurattwell.com. It’s rare that a national industry is confronted with a single threat to its future. That just happened to South African publishing. A few days ago, the South African Department of Basic Education released a policy document, for public comment, that explains how the DBE would like to handle textbooks...
Books and Publishing in South Africa: A publisher’s journey to tech and back

Books and Publishing in South Africa: A publisher’s journey to tech and back

This is a reblog from Arthur Attwell‘s own blog. In 2005, I left a big-publishing job and, without knowing it, set out on a mission to reimagine publishing for emerging markets. Since then I’ve worked on dozens of innovative technology projects, from creating musical ebooks to teaching maths on tablets. And now, after nine years...
Ebooks: weltweit marginal

Ebooks: weltweit marginal

Die Internationale Verleger-Union ist eine Vereinigung, deren Sinn und Zweck sich nicht immer auf den ersten Blick erschließt: Urheberrecht und andere Grundlagen der verlegerischen Arbeit fallen ausnahmslos in nationale Zuständigkeiten, da ist die Einmischung eines internationalen Verbands eher wirkungslos. Und wenn es um Zensur geht, prallt das machtvolle Wort der Kollegen aus Genf an Freunden...
Cape Town Book Fair: Is This It?

Cape Town Book Fair: Is This It?

“Have you heard that they have cancelled the Cape Town Book Fair 2011?” – was a question not many people were asking in the week ending January 23. And when the story finally broke, through the good works of our formidable colleagues at BOOK Southern Africa, the internet newspaper for books in South Africa, the...