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How book publishing is changing in the age of digital

But is publishing dying? Is the bookshop morphing into the bookshelf?...

By Tiffany Markman 25 Jul 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Pierre Cassuto speaking about House of Cronies at the launch last week.
Politics is just a game

ZANews has just launched its new board game, House of Cronies, and we spoke to creator, Pierre Cassuto about what goes into publishing a board game and what sets this one apart from the rest...

By Juanita Pienaar 5 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

#Newsmaker: Sarah Browning-de Villiers joins Publicis Machine
#Newsmaker: Sarah Browning-de Villiers joins Publicis Machine

Sarah Browning-de Villiers, former deputy editor at Cosmopolitan SA and the gal behind its #TamponTaxMustFall campaign, recently joined Publicis Machine as chief content officer in the narrative content marketing team...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Jun 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

#Newsmaker: Brenwin Naidu on the Sunday Times' latest addition
#Newsmaker: Brenwin Naidu on the Sunday Times' latest addition

Tiso Blackstar Group's automotive standalone supplement, Sunday Times Motoring is going to be inserted into the Sunday Times Lifestyle magazine section, as Lifestyle Motoring...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Sep 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#Loeries2017: BBDO's Mike Schalit on the Creative#Director book launch
#Loeries2017: BBDO's Mike Schalit on the Creative#Director book launch

The launch of Net#work BBDO's Creative#Director (#CD) coffee table book is set to take place at the culmination of Loeries' Student Portfolio Day directly after the DStv Seminar at a special cocktail evening later today around 17h00 on the ICC Balcony...

By Jessica Tennant 18 Aug 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#Newsmaker: Laura du Preez Moneytizes Tiso Blackstar Group's publishing game
#Newsmaker: Laura du Preez Moneytizes Tiso Blackstar Group's publishing game

The Sunday Times recently launched Money - a new personal finance section which appears every weekend in the Business Times - which is edited by Laura du Preez, who joined the Tiso Blackstar Group in May this year...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Jul 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#Newsmaker: Kojo Baffoe the Afropolitan
#Newsmaker: Kojo Baffoe the Afropolitan

The Afropolitan recently celebrated its 50th edition with a gala evening where publisher Sean Press announced philosopher, Kaya FM radio host and writer Kojo Baffoe the new editor of the magazine.

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jun 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

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The book publishing industry – marketers, here's one chapter you need to read

The recent South Africa mission to Davos-Switzerland with its theme: 'South Africa is open for business', got me thinking. What happens then when with the best marketing strategy and a good product, you still have your target market not coming to engage despite your ‘open for business' sign with its entire neon glow?

By Thamsanqa Malinga 29 Mar 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

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10 ways publishers can increase and sustain website visitors

After almost a decade in the marketing and publishing industry, Greg Mason shares the common mistakes publishers make and how they can sustainably grow their audience...

By Greg Mason 28 Mar 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Bespoke textbooks offer printers respite from the revenue-eliminating e-book model
Bespoke textbooks offer printers respite from the revenue-eliminating e-book model

Publishers have made their bread and butter off textbooks for longer than students have endured on microwave noodles and crackers...

By Vaughan Patterson 8 Feb 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Book writing 101
Book writing 101

I've always wanted to write a book, I even attended one of those free book writing seminars. I was thinking seriously about putting pen to paper when I mentioned my plan to a client and she suggested I create a book...

By Nokwazi Mzobe 30 May 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

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[TrendTalk] Amazon's new 'billboard' book store

Amazon just opened its first book store in Seattle stocked with books at the same discounted price as on its website. Is this a new disruption for the book publishing industry or just a giant interactive billboard for Amazon..?

By Louise Marsland 6 Nov 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Building data journalism products with users in mind
Building data journalism products with users in mind

It's a truism, albeit an often neglected one, that journalists should write stories for particular, defined audiences, not for themselves, their peers or some fondly cherished but imaginary ideal reader...

By Chris Roper 4 Aug 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Find bright new ways to connect to readers
Find bright new ways to connect to readers

News reporting followed a tight style and format for decades, largely driven by technology and deadlines. We call it the inverted pyramid: the most important information should be at the top of a report and the material that can most easily be cut out sits at the bottom...

By Anton Harber 31 Jul 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Aerodrome launches limited edition journal
Aerodrome launches limited edition journal

On Saturday, 20 September, many of Cape Town's bibliophiles spent a cloudless spring day at the city's annual Open Book Festival. But a number of them also came to Warren Editions, a professional printing studio, for the launch of Aerodrome's inaugural journal.

By Eugene Yiga 13 Oct 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Tracy Gilpin
You're never too old to spy

South Africa boasts two Nobel Prize winning authors but has never produced a John le Carre or Ian Fleming. Strange, when the success of South African intelligence operations have, from time to time, been the envy of intelligence agencies the world over.

By Tracy Gilpin 1 Oct 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Sandra Roberts
The one trick that hones your writing in seven ways

Q: What is the fastest way to improve my writing? A: Get another writer to be your critic. It's that simple.

By Sandra Roberts 25 Sep 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Road tripper's guide to farm stalls
Road tripper's guide to farm stalls

There are hundreds of farm stalls all over the country, some loved and easy to find and other gems lesser known. Well, here's a guide to help you find them.

By Henrie Geyser 29 Aug 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

How to sell out your book in two months flat
How to sell out your book in two months flat

As a new author, I had no understanding of what went into making books successful and, essentially, I waited for the publishers to tell me what to do. They didn't... (video)

By Douglas Kruger 11 Jul 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Own your industry: Top five tips from new book
Own your industry: Top five tips from new book

Own Your Industry - How to Position Yourself as an Expert, by Douglas Kruger, is claimed to be the first book published on our continent on the topic of becoming an industry expert by design. It launched in SA this April, and will be available as an e-book by May. (video)

By Douglas Kruger 16 Apr 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

A different picture on publishing, marketing
A different picture on publishing, marketing

When a former magazine publisher turns his hand to creating bespoke customer-orientated media, you can expect it will be rich in visual content.

By Brian Berkman 26 Feb 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Warrant of arrest for Media Nova's Vaughan
Warrant of arrest for Media Nova's Vaughan

The Master of the High Court in Cape Town has authorised a warrant for the arrest of Anthony (Tony) Vaughan, director of Media Nova and various other publishing companies.

By Glenda Nevill 19 Feb 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Anton Harber
Don't buy this book

I do not usually review second-rate books because I see little point. I prefer to encourage writing and reading by focusing on the vast amounts of interesting material on offer.

By Anton Harber 13 Aug 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

RamsayMedia/Highbury Safika merger talks not off
RamsayMedia/Highbury Safika merger talks not off

NEWSWATCH: It has been reported in the media that the Highbury Safika, RamsayMedia merger talks are off. That might not be the case, however...

By Rod Baker 11 Mar 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Ian & Françoise Henderson
Looking at computer-aided translation

In order to make the best use of computer-aided translation, publishers will have to revisit processes and adopt modern document standards.

By Ian & Françoise Henderson 16 Feb 2013

UNITED STATES

Jeanniey Mullen
The new age of digital publishing

We already have a month in the books for 2013. As I look at the next 90 days to nine months, I see an almost harmonic convergence of market conditions for digital publishing. It will be a time of great change, but digital publishing is having its breakout year.

By Jeanniey Mullen 3 Feb 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Douglas Kruger
Write a book: Change your place in the universe

Dear Aspiring Industry Expert: Have you written that book yet? If not, why not? Each time we reach December, you may well think to yourself: I wish I had written my book this year. If I had, next year might be different. I would be more prosperous; I'd have more clients approaching me; my life would be lived on a grander scale.

By Douglas Kruger 7 Dec 2012

SOUTH AFRICA

James Hurford
How to conquer fear of writing

Fear of writing gets planted in schoolchildren at an early age. We're led to believe that writing is a special language owned by the English teacher, available only to the few who have 'a gift for words'. But writing isn't a skill that some are born with and others aren't.

By James Hurford 25 Nov 2012

SOUTH AFRICA

James Hurford
The secret of good writing

Most people think good writing flows easily and effortlessly on first draft. Nothing could be further from the truth. Harry Shaw said: "There is no such thing as good writing. There is only good rewriting."

By James Hurford 14 Nov 2012

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