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April 17, 2013

SA startup Paperight wins prestigious innovation award at London Book Fair

london_book_fairIf you haven’t heard of Paperight, the network of independent copy shops that print books, it’s time to pay attention: the South African startup is capturing the imagination of the world’s publishing industry. On the heels of being named one of the winners of the O’Reilly Tools of Change Startup Showcase held in New York City, the startup from Cape Town was awarded the Digital Minds Innovation Award at the London Book Fair — one of the world’s most prestigious publishing events.

The showcase held Sunday night at the Digital Minds Conference, a precursor event to the London Book Fair, was a pretty big deal. The event that inspired conversation about evolution, innovation and disruption in the publishing industry, included keynote speakers such as authors Neil Gaiman and Robert Levine, as well as Will Atkinson, Sales and Marketing Director at Faber & Faber.

Paperight, funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation, beat out seven other shortlisted candidates by popular vote. The audience favoured Paperight’s solution to book distribution problems in South Africa: by allowing photocopy shops to print books cheaply, quickly and — crucially — legally, Paperight is increasing access to books where they have never been physically and financially accessible before.

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March 10, 2011

Sonny Mehta to receive LBF Lifetime Achievement Award

Filed under: Book fairs — Tags: , , , , — Henry Greeff @ 7:04 pm

| Katie Allen

Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief of Alfred A Knopf, is to be awarded the eighth Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing by London Book Fair.

Mehta has published authors including Thomas Mann, Willa Cather, Albert Camus, John Updike, Toni Morrison, V S Naipaul and Bill Clinton. He is also chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.                                                                      …read more 

February 7, 2011

Gruffalo creators among authors of the day at LBF

07.02.11 | Graeme Neill

Claire Tomalin, Boris Akunin and Julia Donaldson along with illustrator Axel Scheffler have been chose as authors of the day at this year’s London Book Fair.

Each author will spend a day at the fair, which runs from 11th-13th April, showcasing their work across seminars, book signings, events and photo opportunities.   …read more

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