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Publishing of Books and Other Publications
BY Carole Veitch
South Africa
21 November 2019
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Publishing of Books and Other Publications


South Africa has an established book publishing industry centred on educational content. The market for general trade books is small, and unlike in developed markets, where general books are sold in much larger volumes, local sales of 5,000 copies make a title a bestseller. South Africa’s weak reading culture is attributed to poverty, illiteracy, inadequate library services, inadequate distribution of books in rural and township areas and the paucity of titles in indigenous languages. Research indicates that the majority of South African residents are not interested in reading and South Africa ranks extremely poorly on literacy rankings.


E-Publishing Growth


Schools, universities and colleges are steadily transitioning to publications in electronic format, and digital publications are estimated to account for more than 50% of revenue derived from the sale of imported professional books. While the distribution of books in electronic format is a growth area, the distribution of printed books is in decline and many publishers have diversified their revenue streams. Local authors in growing numbers are using self-publishing and direct publishing platforms.


Report Coverage


This report is on the publishing industry, which is primarily concerned with the publication, marketing and distribution of books and journals in print, audio and digital format. There is comprehensive information on the state of the industry, including key industry statistics, the effect of digital disruption, bestsellers and industry awards and the factors influencing the sector. There are profiles of 29 companies, including major publishers such as Pearson South Africa which is the largest player in the local educational publishing segment, and Media24, whose book publishing subsidiary NB Publishers is the market leader in the general books segment. Other profiles include Jacana Media, in which a consortium led by two publishers bought an 82% stake and Struik Christian Media, which publishes religious books.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 7
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
4.1. Local 9
4.1.1. Trade 12
4.1.2. Corporate Actions 13
4.1.3. Regulations 14
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 15
4.2. Continental 16
4.3. International 18
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 21
5.1. Economic Environment 21
5.2. Government Interventions 22
5.3. Copyright 22
5.4. Technology, Research & Development (R&D) and Innovation 23
5.5. Input Costs 24
5.6. Labour 25
5.7. Literacy 26
5.8. Environmental Concerns 27
6. COMPETITION 28
6.1. Barriers to Entry 29
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 29
8. OUTLOOK 30
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 31
10. REFERENCES 31
10.1. Publications 31
10.2. Websites 32
APPENDIX 1 34
Summary of Notable Players 34
COMPANY PROFILES 38
A C BRABY (PTY) LTD 38
AMAZON.COM INC 40
ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD 44
BOOKSITE (PTY) LTD 46
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 48
COVER2COVER BOOKS (PTY) LTD 50
ESETHU ISIXHOSA PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 52
FULU BOOKS CC 53
HSRC PRESS (DIVISION OF HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL) 55
INTERACTIVE TUTOR (PTY) LTD 57
JACANA MEDIA (PTY) LTD 59
JOWAHEER CONSULTING AND TECHNOLOGIES CC 61
JUTA AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 62
LEXISNEXIS (PTY) LTD 65
MACMILLAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 68
MALHERBE UITGEWERS (PTY) LTD 71
MEDIA24 BOEKE (PTY) LTD 72
NASOU VIA AFRIKA (PTY) LTD 74
NDE PUBLISHER AND BOOKSELLERS (PTY) LTD 76
NEW AFRICA BOOKS (PTY) LTD 77
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 79
PAN MACMILLAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 82
PEARSON SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 84
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 87
READ EDUCATIONAL TRUST 90
SHUTER AND SHOOTER PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 92
STRUIK CHRISTIAN MEDIA (PTY) LTD 95
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA 97
VIVLIA PUBLISHERS AND BOOKSELLERS (PTY) LTD 103