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Sarah Duff Reviews Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa by Andrew van der Vlies

Print, Text and Book Cultures in South AfricaVerdict: critical carrot

During the BBC’s coverage of the awards ceremony for the Man Booker Prize 2012, Gaby Wood, the Telegraph’s books editor, commented that the extraordinary variety and number of small publishers which have emerged over the past few years, suggest the end of the fetishisation of the physical form of the book. Her point was that e-books and the wild popularity of e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle have actually opened up the publishing world to a greater range of indie, specialist publishers and non-mainstream writers. The presence of three independent publishers – And Other Stories, Salt, and Myrmidon Books – on the 2012 Booker Prize’s shortlist demonstrates the extent to which these new publishers are beginning to influence mainstream publishing.

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