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Book Your Stand at the 2014 South African Book Fair

There are only ten weeks for you to book your stand of choice at the much anticipated 2014 South African Book Fair!

For stand bookings, contact Louise Barry-Taylor at Louise@ThebeReed.co.za or 011 549 8300.

Book Your Stand at the 2014 South African Book Fair

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The Impact of the eBook Phenomenon on South African Education

The hotly debated topic “The future of eBooks: the impact of the digital eBook phenomenon” will be the key focus at this year’s South African Book Fair, where the impact of eBooks in the South African education system will come under the spotlight.

Riaan Jonck, CEO of Pearson South Africa, a leading supplier of educational materials and technologies to the student and educator market (and a main exhibitor at this year’s Fair) believes that for the next five years print will retain a role in the South African education system, but that it would be beneficial for schools to start to incorporate a digital aspect into their education approach.

“While the South African market is expressing an interest in introducing digital content and eBooks, there is still a huge textbook market and there are a number of challenges to overcome before we can fully integrate the eBook into our education system,” Jonck says. “As such we have yet to experience the full impact of e-publishing in the education sector.”

Challenges currently facing South Africa include infrastructure to implement a digital solution, access to eBooks, digital rights to content, cost of digital devices, and training of staff. “Schools, colleges and universities need to be clear up front about what they want to achieve by going the digital route, as well as how they intend on implementing the measures required by students to access digital material. In addition, staff members will also need to be trained on how to use the device and how to get the most out of it,” Jonck says.

It is these issues that the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA) is hoping to bring to the forefront at the 2014 South African Book fair. Mpuka Radinku, executive director of PASA, says: “As the premier event in the country’s literary calendar, we are hoping that the South African Book Fair highlights the potential positive impact of e-publishing within the education sector thereby opening up the avenue to a new kind of digital book retailing. However, this will require that South African publishers work hand-in-hand with the digital world to successfully reach the end consumer.”

Jonck is confident that should South Africa overcome the digital divide, the local education system stands to reap the many potential benefits: “eBooks are convenient and portable. They also foster collaboration as they are interactive and allow students to share notes and interact with teachers at a greater level.”

Jonck goes on to say that South African corporations will be crucial in bridging that divide: “South African corporates are already playing a role in education. Apple, Samsung and Intel are involved in embedding their products in schools and universities. As long as they are focused on achieving positive outcomes that will support improvement in teaching and learning, corporates should be involved.

“The ultimate goal should be to encourage the coexistence of print and digital education material,” he concludes.

Previously known as the Cape Town Book Fair, the South African Book Fair is scheduled to take place from 13-15 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The country’s new, and now national, book fair provides not only unique and interesting insights into the publishing world but also a premier platform for the literary and publishing worlds to gather and trade, network, and exhibit.

Tickets for the South African Book Fair will be on sale at the door at a cost of R50, and R20 for pensioners. Children under the age of 18 receive free entry. For more information, go to www.southafricanbookfair.co.za or call Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300. Exhibitors can contact louise@ThebeReed.co.za to secure their stand.


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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 Louise@ThebeReed.co.za or +27 11 549 8300.


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Vat On E-Commerce Products Will Do Much To Level The Playing Field For Local Publishing Industry

Having headed the campaign to amend the levying of VAT on electronic transactions the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) in collaboration with the South African Booksellers’ Association, Eugene Ashton, sales director of Jonathan Ball Publishers, believes that the revised legislation will do much to level the playing field within the local publishing industry.

“While PASA’s long term stated objective is that VAT should not be levied on books, it is better to have a system where everyone is charged, than the one that has existed until now. We are very much in favour of the legislation and support it fully,” he comments.

Ashton says the new legislation does not come as a surprise as governments around the world have been working on ensuring that VAT (or sales tax where it applies) is collected on sales that occur in their respective territories.

“South Africa has now created a legislative framework which will require foreign retailers selling into South Africa to register as VAT vendors. Simply put it means that companies that have distribution rights in South Africa can compete fairly with foreign retailers selling directly. In the long-term it will do much to promote a healthy retail book trade, making it more likely that we retain a functioning publishing industry,” he explains.

While locally print is still very much the dominant format, Ashton says like other parts of the world, digital sales are fast gaining ground. “In most of the big English language markets digital sales account for as much as 50 percent of total revenue, more if you look at units. In South Africa that number is around 20 percent of revenue.

“So while this means that we are still very reliant on print sales, digital is critically important. Digital will be a key focus at this year’s South African Book Fair and as a main exhibitor we at Jonathan Ball Publishers look forward to both gaining and sharing insight into this fast growing trend,” comments Ashton.

Louise Barry-Taylor, executive of sales and sponsorship of South African Book Fair, says that: “With the rapid growth of e-publishing, the Fair allows educators, the public and the publishing world access to the latest technological developments in e-reading. Technology now not only allows access to books at the touch of a button, but access to a wide array of both learning and recreational materials which are now easily available on your mobile phone. The Fair is the ideal place for even the most technologically challenged to familiarise themselves with the latest technological and e-publishing offerings.”

Although the publishing industry made the initial submission to Treasury resulting in the new legislation, Ashton emphasises that its impact is much broader than just the book industry. “The new legislation covers all retailers selling online into South Africa. Initial estimates are that it could result in revenue of just under R1 billion, which will be a significant benefit to all South Africans,” he concludes.

The South African Book Fair will take place from 13-15 June 2014 in Cape Town. Tickets for the Fair will be on sale at the door at a cost of R50, and R20 for pensioners. Children under the age of 18 receive free entry.

For more information, go to www.southafricanbookfair.co.za or call Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300. Exhibitors can contact louise@ThebeReed.co.za to secure their stand.


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Cape Town Book Fair to be Renamed South African Book Fair

The well-known Cape Town Book Fair will return to the Mother City in 2014 but this time as the South African Book Fair. Scheduled to take place from 13 -15 June, the country’s now national 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.

Mpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa, says under the banner of the South African Book Fair, it will be more inclusive in terms of being accessible to a larger number of participants.

“In line with requests from a number of our stakeholders, PASA believes by re-establishing the Fair as a national one, it will do much to draw increased interest from current participants from a location point of view. In addition, we are targeting increased participation from brand new stakeholders for whom the Fair previously may not have been seen as a beneficial platform,” he comments.

Radinku explains PASA’s plans to change the fair model from a business entity to a non-profit one. “The new non-profit model will allow greater participation from government, thereby increasing the possibility of available funding to assist emerging local authors and publishers to establish themselves on the global stage.”

“Furthermore, with Africa a key focus for many international delegates that attend our Fair, from a trade perspective it makes sense to have the flexibility to host the fair in all major centres around the country. This makes it both a convenient and affordable destination and will draw a greater number of African based exhibitors,” he says.

Radinku emphasises that while the Fair will move towards a non-profit model, it will retain some of the commercial imperatives that have established it as the pre-eminent book Fair in sub-Saharan Africa. “It is a very exciting time for publishing and we believe tailoring the model to suit our unique market, and bringing together a strong trade and public element, will allow us to grow the Fair in the right direction,” he concludes.

Tickets for the South African Book Fair will be on sale at the door at a cost of R50, and R20 for pensioners. Children under the age of 18 receive free entry.

For more information, go to http://www.capetownbookfair.co.za or call Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300. Exhibitors can contact louise@ThebeReed.co.za to secure their stand.


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Cape Town Book Fair – Back Bigger and Better in 2014 (13 to 15 June)


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Mpuka Radinku from PASA Proud to Present the Cape Town Book Fair

Mpuka RadinkuMpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA) is excited about the Cape Town Book Fair, which is due to take place between the 13 and 15 June 2014. PASA are the proud owners this event.

Passionate about the role of publishing in education and its role in uplifting the population both economically and socially, Radinku, has publishing sector experience spanning over 20 years.

From his beginnings as a High School Teacher at Selelekela Secondary School in Soweto in the mid eighties, his love of literature saw him opting to further his studies, going on to achieve a BA Honours in African Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1992.

Working his way up the ranks within the publishing sector, Radinku was appointed General Manager at Via Afrika International in 2009, leaving in 2011 to operate as an independent freelancer before taking up his current position as Executive Director of PASA in May 2013.

Prior to that, Radinku held the positions of Publishing Manager and National Publishing Manager at Nasou Via Afrika, initially beginning his vast publishing career as a Publisher at Maskew Miller Longman from 1994 – 1999.

Through the 2013 Cape Town Book Fair Radinku aims to bring together PASA members and role players within the book industry to increase the profile of books. For him it is about “sharing knowledge and building bridges”, enabling publishers, authors, and stakeholders from all industry sectors to come together and share a platform to exchange ideas that ultimately contribute to the overall growth and sustainability of the industry.

Radinku believes in the current technological age there is no restriction to the publishing platform with publishers currently having to re-think what and how they do things to remain relevant. For him in essence publishing is about the conceptualisation of the packaging and the dissemination of intellectual property: “In the current technological age there are no restrictions when it comes to the platform. It’s about looking at what the customer wants and delivering on this. When it comes to educational materials the audience or customer is ultimately the learners in the classrooms, for higher education we service tertiary students and the trade publishers focus on the general public.”


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Cape Town Book Fair – Back Bigger and Better in 2014

Book lovers will once again be spoilt for choice as the Cape Town Book Fair readies itself to return to the Mother City in 2014, bigger and better! Scheduled to take place from 13 -15 June 2014, the highly anticipated and much renowned global literary event, will once again see thousands flocking to the Cape Town International Convention Centre to get their fix of everything and anything related to books and publishing.

The three-day literary fest attracts publishers, authors, exhibitors, speakers, book associations, book distributors, book stores, electronic book traders, libraries, literary agents, printers, repro agents, bibliophiles, and technology manufacturers from around the world and is therefore unsurprisingly considered the pre-eminent book Fair in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa says that with local literacy levels still alarmingly low, education and instilling a love of reading among children will feature as a key focus of next year’s Fair.

“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. It is a very exciting but also sometimes intimidating time for educators.

“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,” he comments.

Apart from a literacy and educational perspective, Radinku says the Fair will also aim to encourage the recreational aspect of reading. “Due to its tremendous success at the last Fair we will once again have a designated Children’s Zone complete with a variety of activities and events including launches, signing and storytelling sessions which may even appeal to the ‘child within’ some of the adult visitors,” he muses.

Described as vibrant, colourful, and captivating, the aim of the Fair, according to Radinku, is to create an event that has something for everyone. “We are in the process of compiling a compelling programme that will feature hundreds of events, including book launches, signings, interviews, and workshops”.

“There will also be discussions and seminars addressing a variety of topics, including literature, politics and culture, as well as the opportunity to interact with key authors. In addition we are hoping to secure substantial discounts on books as well as competition opportunities for visitors to win fabulous prizes,” he enthuses.

Lynn Chamier, General Manager at Thebe Exhibitions and Projects Group, believes the Fair provides not only unique and interesting insights into the publishing world but also a premier platform for the literary and publishing worlds to gather and trade, network and exhibit.

“We are extremely excited to once again be involved in this world-class event. The public can look forward to a jam-packed programme as we pull out all the stops to transform the Cape Town Convention Centre into a book lover’s paradise. While we will retain the popular Children’s Zone and Poetry Café, visitors can also look forward to a number of new and exciting features and events that are not to be missed,” she comments.

Radinku says visitors will also be encouraged to interact with publishers, authors and books that may not be considered mainstream, but which are just as exciting and talented as their better-known peers.

“Apart from bringing the larger publishing houses to South Africa we are also hoping to showcase a number of up-and-coming African publishers. As before we are working on securing exhibitors from destinations around the world and in addition to exhibitors from Africa, Europe, China, and India, we are this time also targeting Brazil,” he says.

Tickets will be on sale at the door at a cost of R50. Children under the age of 12 receive free entry.

For more information, go to http://www.capetownbookfair.co.za or call Lynn Chamier on 011 549 8300. Exhibitors can contact louise@tepg.co.za to secure their stand. The Early Bird offer has been extended to 31 August 2013.


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Early Bird Offer Extended for the Cape Town Book Fair 2014

We are very happy to tell you that the deadline for the Early Bird Offer for the Cape Town Book Fair 2014 has been extended from 31st July 2013 to 31st August 2013:

  • 5% off on receipt of your signed contract and 25% payment before 31 August 2013
  • valid until the end of July 2013

View the Fact Sheet which details all the stand sizes, prices and facilities available, as well as the floor plan:

Cape Town Book Fair 2014 Fact Sheet – Early Bird

Cape Town Book Fair 2014 Floor Plan


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Early Bird Offer for the Cape Town Book Fair 2014

We are very happy to tell you that an Early Bird Offer is available for the Cape Town Book Fair 2014 as follows:

  • 5% off on receipt of your signed contract and 25% payment before 31 July 2013
  • valid until the end of July 2013

View the Fact Sheet which details all the stand sizes, prices and facilities available below, as well as the floor plan:

CTBF 2014 Fact Sheet – Early Bird Special.pdf

Floor Plan Cape Town Book Fair 2014 (26-03-2-13).pdf


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