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South African Book Fair Call for Speaker And Topic Ideas for 2014

SABF call for speakers and topics

The search is on for speaker and topic ideas at the upcoming 2014 South African Book Fair.

With only three and a half months to go, the countdown to the now national South African Book Fair has begun. Taking place from 13-15 June, the fair, which was previously known as the Cape Town Book Fair, provides not only unique and interesting insights into the publishing world, but also a premier platform for the literary, publishing and all stakeholders in the book value chain to gather and trade, network and exhibit.

It therefore comes at no surprise that exhibitors have been streaming in to book their spot at this much-anticipated literary event. Top publishing names and brands that have already confirmed attendance include Jonathan Ball Publishers, Bargain Books, Via Afrika, Cambridge University Press and ANFASA.

To further leverage value, exhibitors are encouraged to submit topic ideas and their choice of top picks for speakers at the fair’s forums. In the past we have had a great response with exhibitors jostling to have their submissions confirmed.

The future of books: The impact of the digital and e-book phenomenon

“The future of books: A new type of retailing” will be one of the key focus areas of this year’s fair, with publishers, academics, educators and learners coming together to find beneficial ways to work hand-in-hand with the digital world to reach the end consumer successfully.

With the rapid growth of e-publishing, educators, schools and libraries will have access to the latest technological developments in e-reading which will ultimately be a key means to unlocking literacy in Africa.

Technology now not only allows access to textbooks at the touch of a button but a wide array of learning materials are now easily available on your mobile phone. The fair will allow educators the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest technological and e-publishing offerings.

To secure your exhibition space and discuss other means to align your brand with the expo, contact Louise Barry-Taylor at or +27 11 549 8300.


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