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South African novelist ZP Dala praises Salman Rushdie, ends in mental asylum
April 13, 2015 | 2:25 pm

New details, and condemnations from English PEN, American PEN and many other quarters, are still coming in following reports that South African novelist ZP Dala has been admitted to a mental asylum in Durban, after remarks in praise of Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, and attacks on her that ensued. The original statement from her publisher declared: Author ZP Dala, one of the featured writers at the Time of the Writer Festival taking place in Durban from 16 to 21 March, was assaulted in Overport, Durban, on Wednesday, 18 March. The attack came after a session in which she expressed...

Meet the winners of TOC’s Startup Showcase, Pt 1: Paperight
February 19, 2013 | 1:16 pm

For those of you who either weren't there or don't happen to be familiar with it, the Startup Showcase that took place during last week's Tools of Change (TOC) Conference in New York was something of a mini-entrepreneurial competition between 10 different publishing-related startup companies. As TOC explains on its website, the competition is designed to "[give] groundbreaking startups a chance to show their stuff to the world." At various times throughout the three-day TOC conference, attendees were encouraged to wander throughout the hotel's seventh floor ballroom, where the chosen startups were explaining their business models and demonstrating their products and...

Espresso Book Machine comes to South Africa
July 29, 2012 | 11:06 pm

South African IT news site IT Web reports that the University of Johannesburg has just acquired an Espresso Book Machine of its very own. Most of the article summarizes what we already well know about the print-on-demand machine and its uses for printing and binding store-quality paperbacks in mere minutes, but it does quote On Demand Books as projecting over 150 machines installed world-wide by the end of 2012. It also links to a Guardian article from 2009 in which the head of marketing for UK bookstore chain Blackwell suggested that the Espresso “has the potential to be the...

DRM, license terms present barriers to e-book ownership
May 4, 2011 | 12:43 am

A South African website,, is carrying an article in its Personal Finance section about the way license terms and DRM mean that e-book buyers are effectively “renting” e-books rather than “owning” them. It covers the Amazon Orwell e-book removal and Bezos’s apology, and the way competing DRM standards lock customers into particular platforms. There isn’t anything new to TeleRead readers in the content of the article—in fact, it makes a few minor factual errors, such as saying there are only three competing e-book DRM schemes when it should have said three major competing e-book DRM schemes. It also...

New romance ebook store – EBookDiva
March 31, 2010 | 12:10 pm

Screen shot 2010-03-31 at 12.03.14 PM.pngOut of South Africa, this new store is dedicated to romantic fiction. In addition to selling books they have a section allowing readers to publish their own work online. The store divides ebooks by cost and sub-genre and includes a number of free books. Books are mainly sourced from Harlequin Mills & Boon and they are adding about 100 new books a month and books are in Epub format. Thanks to Book Bee for the heads up....

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