Poll: Who is Driving the Digital Transition in Publishing?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director of Publishers’ Association of South Africa, told Publishing Perspectives: I do not think that the e-book shift is being proactively driven by publishers, but by consumer demand. The shift to or inclusion of e-books is still something publishers begrudge. Publishers are comfortable with the analog book and would like to continue that way. …

UNESCO Focus 2011: South Africa Pubs Still Begrudge E-books; In US, Digital Caters to the Public Interest

In Digital by Guest Contributor

Interviews with Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director of Publishers’ Association of South Africa, and Peter Brantley, director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive in the USA By Nicholas Gary, editor of ActuaLitté On the occasion of UNESCO’s World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, being held in Monza, Italy this week, Nicholas Gary of ActuaLitté interviewed participants about the most …

Digital Publishing in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Good News, The Bad News

In Growth Markets by Tolu Ogunlesi

Sub-Saharan Africa’s dearth of cash, political will and a reliable supply of electricity are preventing the “digital revolution” from making large-scale changes in the way Africans read. By Tolu Ogunlesi The Namibian government has a goal of installing computers in every school and every community library in the country by 2014. This is one of the key objectives of the …

Book Review: Agaat by Marlene Van Niekerk (South Africa)

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson At the beginning of this epic novel, seventy-year-old Milla de Wet is confined to her bed. Once the strong and competent owner of a successful farm inherited from her mother, Milla suffers from A.L.S. and now is left with only the ability to blink her eyes and, after a while, not even that. Milla is entirely dependent on …

Myth and Memory in South Africa: David Schmahmann’s Ivory from Paradise

In Author Interview by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The year 2011 marks the end of a busy decade for Boston-based novelist David Schmahmann. It was a period that he spent thinking, exploring and writing a great deal about his birthplace…South Africa. The decade was bookended by the publication of two seminal books about the country: 2001’s John Gardner Book Award-winning Empire Settings, a drama about the relationship …