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The six best independent bookstores in South Africa

Carina Claassens recently compiled a list of the best independent bookstores in the country. Her article, written for The Culture Trip, features six indie gems from dorpies as remote as Nieu-Bethesda, to the big bad city of Johannesburg.

Have you been to any of the following?

Dustcovers, Nieu Bethesda
This quaint bookstore is somewhat unexpected in the small Karoo town and visitors easily spend hours inside. From collectables and coffee table books to classics and new releases, most books are second-hand but are in immaculate condition, and sell for a fraction of the original price.


The Book Lounge, Cape Town

This independent bookstore in Cape Town opened in 2007 and hosts an array of book-related events, and stocks an eclectic range of titles. It’s also the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon, sipping on freshly brewed coffee while reading in the lounge area. Ideal also for those with children, as every Saturday morning at 11AM it hosts entertaining readings for youngsters.


Fables Bookshop, Grahamstown

Fables Bookshop in Grahamstown was founded in 1990 and deals mainly in out-of-print, academic and specialist, Africana titles. Fables also sells fascinating hand-painted maps of the Cape Colony and Eastern Cape, as well as almost impossible-to-find genealogy CDs.

 
Click here to read about numbers four, five, and six.


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Submit your manuscript for publication by Modjaji Books


 
Modjaji Books is a singular publishing house which only publishes work by women and people who identify as women, and only those who live in southern Africa, or who are originally from southern Africa, or whose work reflects a major relevance to southern Africa.

This independent feminist press is currently seeking manuscripts for publication.

If you are a southern African woman, or identify as a woman, and have recently written a novel, collection of short stories or poems, or a work of creative non-fiction, you are eligible to submit your manuscript for possible publication by Modjaji Books.

Interested? Click here for more.

Submissions for entries close on April 30.


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uHlanga open to unsolicited submissions of poetry manuscripts in February 2017

uHlanga New Poets Series Launches with Collections by Genna Gardini and Thabo Jijana
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Calling all poets!

For the first time, uHlanga will be open for submissions of unsolicited manuscripts of poetry for the month of February 2017.

The press will be accepting submissions of any book length in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, or a combination of those languages. Poets must either be South African or permanent residents of South Africa.

uHlanga are the publishers of Nick Mulgrew, Genna Gardini, Thabo Jijana, Helen Moffett, Stephen Symons and Rosa Lyster.

Jijana won the 2016 Ingrid Jonker Prize for his collection, Failing Maths and My Other Crimes.

Read: uHlanga Press Poetry Special, Featuring Thabo Jijana, Genna Gardini and Nick Mulgrew

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Read the submission guidelines:

uHlanga does not accept unsolicited poems or manuscripts for publication outside of our announced reading periods.

Our first open submissions period for original chapbooks and collections of poetry from South African poets, or poets living in South Africa, will take place from 1 February to 28 February 2017. Manuscripts must be predominantly written in English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, or a combination of those languages. Every manuscript will be read, and all will be considered for publication.

There is no indicated length for manuscripts, although most books published by uHlanga contain 20-40 poems. (Manuscripts envisioned as chapbooks, for example, may be shorter, while epic poetry may contain very few poems.) The more coherent, structured and economical your manuscript is, the higher the chance of it being published – so do not simply include every poem you have ever written. Successful manuscripts will be published in the manner and format – eg full collection, chapbook – that uHlanga deems most appropriate for the content.

Please note that anthologies or retrospective collections will not be accepted. Manuscripts containing poems previously published in magazines, anthologies, journals, or online will be accepted, as long as each previously-published poem is acknowledged in the manuscript, and as long as the writer has the rights to reprint such poems. Manuscripts that have already been published previously as a whole will not be accepted.

We accept manuscripts from writers of any experience, whether they have published a collection of poetry before or not. The only criterium for eligibility is that writers either be South African, or a permanent resident of South Africa.

Only writers of successful submissions will be replied to, and will be offered our standard contract. Please note that this is not a competition: we reserve the right to publish none of the manuscripts received during this submissions period.

Submissions will only be accepted through our email address, submissions@uhlangapress.co.za, as either .doc or .pdf attachments, with all text in Times New Roman. Include your name and contact information on a cover letter attached alongside the manuscript. Being familiar with our books is essential: feel free to mention to us why you think your manuscript will be a good fit for uHlanga.

There is no reading fee. Agented submissions are discouraged, but not strictly disallowed.

Do not submit your manuscript before 1 February 2017 or after 28 February 2017 – it will be discarded without being read. Good luck!
Where can I publish poetry outside of reading periods?

Your best way to get noticed by us is to be an active poet, publishing as many poems in as many places as you can. There are a number of excellent periodicals and websites in South(ern) Africa that accept unsolicited poems for publication. Here are the periodicals that uHlanga reads most often:

Prufrock
Aerodrome
New Contrast
Stanzas
New Coin
The Kalahari Review

You likely won’t publish any poems, however, if you don’t read poems! Support local literary magazines.

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2016 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced – JM Coetzee doesn’t make the cut

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Alert! The shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced.

JM Coetzee, who was the only African author longlisted (although he is now an Australian citizen), has not made the final cut.

Coetzee was longlisted for his new book The Schooldays of Jesus, which is not due out until 26 September.

 
The 2016 Man Booker Prize shortlist of six novels

 

The only previously shortlisted author on the shortlist is Deborah Levy, for Swimming Home in 2012, while the onlydebut novelist featured is Ottessa Moshfegh.

Independent publishing houses Granta, Saraband and Oneworld – who published last year’s winner Marlon James – feature alongside industry giant Penguin Random House.

Chair of judges Amanda Foreman comments: “The Man Booker Prize subjects novels to a level of scrutiny that few books can survive. In rereading our incredibly diverse and challenging longlist, it was both agonising and exhilarating to be confronted by the sheer power of the writing.

“As a group we were excited by the willingness of so many authors to take risks with language and form. The final six reflect the centrality of the novel in modern culture – in its ability to champion the unconventional, to explore the unfamiliar, and to tackle difficult subjects.”

Foreman is joined on the 2016 panel of judges by Jon Day, Abdulrazak Gurnah, David Harsent and Olivia Williams. The shortlist was chosen from 155 submissions, published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.

The 2016 winner will be announced on Tuesday, 25 October in London’s Guildhall, at a black-tie dinner.

The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 (about R47,500) and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will receive a further £50,000 (about R951,000) and can expect international recognition.

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The judges remarked on the role of the novel in exploring culture and in tackling unfamiliar and challenging subjects, and on the shortlisted authors’ willingness to play with language and form. The shortlist features a variety of voices, from new names to award winners. The books cover a diverse range of subjects, from murder in 19th century Scotland to classical music in Revolutionary China.

In the third year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, the shortlist is an even split between two British, two US and two Canadian writers. Three novels from Penguin Random House are shortlisted alongside three from small, independent publishers.

Oneworld is in the running again this year with Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, following Marlon James’ win with A Brief History of Seven Killings in 2015, which has gone on to sell over 360,000 copies in the UK and Commonwealth, as well as 120,000 in the US.

Granta makes the list with Do Not Say We Have Nothing after its success with Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, which won in 2014. Eleanor Catton is adapting The Luminaries for the BBC, which will commence filming in New Zealand in 2017.

Fellow independent publisher Saraband appears on the shortlist for the first time with His Bloody Project, a significant achievement for the tiny Glasgow-based house run by two people.

For the first time ever, RNIB has ensured that braille versions of the shortlisted books are available in time for the announcement. The Booker Prize Foundation has a longstanding partnership with RNIB to provide Man Booker Prize books to the tens of thousands of blind and partially sighted members of the RNIB Library.

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Practical Action to Decolonise the “White Literary System”: The African Flavour Books Case Study

Bridget Impey, MD of Jacana Media, and Fortiscue Helepi, the founder and owner of African Flavour Books

 
Fortiscue Helepi, the founder and owner of African Flavour Books, an independent bookshop in the Vaal, gave a presentation at the Jacana Media offices in Johannesburg last week as the first in the publisher’s series of talks titled “Continuing the Debate – Decolonising South Africa’s Literary Landscape”.

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Bridget Impey, MD of Jacana, opened the discussion with some background, and explained why the publisher wanted to continued the conversation.

“We were in the audience when Thando [Mgqolozana] made that declaration that he was leaving white literary festivals, and it was so goddamn brilliant,” she said. “There was such a good energy, there was such a good connection with all the people that were there. So we thought we had to keep the momentum going. It would be disappointing if we had Franschhoek and then we all went home and forgot about it.

“So we want to look at the practicalities. A lot of what happened at the follow-up event at Wits was people saying, we’ve got a situation – how do we change it?

“There are certain people who think we should go in, Stalin-style, and wipe out Franschhoek in one fell swoop. I’d rather build up new things.”

Forthcoming events include a discussion around the Google Mapping of all the independent booksellers in Johannesburg – including hair salons and street vendors – which is being undertaken by journalist Griffin Shea, and a talk by Mofenyi Malepe – author of the self-published book 283: The Bad Sex Bet, which has now sold almost 5 000 copies. Contact Jacana to find out more.

When asked where he stands on the “literary apartheid” debate, Helepi says the one message he is trying to preach is that black people must not sit back and wait for change.

“There are things that are very important to us, and we cannot sit on the fence and say, ‘people are not doing this for us’, when we don’t invest in it. I took R400 000 of my family’s money, that we saved the last three years, and I invested in this thing. Because it’s very important. I’m very passionate about it. You can’t point if you didn’t try. We need to invest our money. Where are our entrepreneurs?

“We have to ask ourselves what kind of legacy we are going to leave for our kids. We can’t leave that legacy of ‘we are not readers’. That’s not right.”

The story of African Flavour Books

Helepi, a chemical engineer, entrepreneur and author, opened African Flavour Books in February this year, after three years of research.

“It was a very long journey,” he says. “We always wondered why we didn’t have bookshops with African literature. I think most people come to this continent to get to the literature, and they still find American authors and European authors in the front of our bookshops.

“The other thing is that I am staying in the Vaal, and I had to travel every weekend an hour, at least, to come to Joburg, only to get to a bookshop that doesn’t have the books that I want.”

Helepi said he and his wife researched bookshops all over the country, and decided that there were so many authors, such as Zakes Mda, Niq Mhlongo, Zukiswa Wanner, that “this country needs to know about”.

The joys of starting a bookshop

“The nice thing that we found in the Vaal is that everyone wants a bookshop in their mall,” Helepi said. “So we could really negotiate prices. Some people cut their rental by R5 000!”

Helepi said he also wanted the design of his shop to attract any young kids that were walking by: “We wanted them to think it was an ice-cream shop! We wanted beautiful colours. We also have a nice kids’ area to encourage them.”

With the international trend of bookshops closing down, Helepi says a lot of people asked him why he was opening one. “We believe that it’s going to take a long time to get our lesser known authors on Amazon. In South Africa, people are still buying books in bookshops. And everyone is very excited about our bookshop.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Authors

Helepi says he always tells authors: “You need to market yourself as if you are self-published.”

He says he believes book events are vital to familiarise people with the work: “Most authors were not particularly excited at first, because our events were not really sponsored by their publisher, so we struggled and we are still trying to get authors to see the value of connecting with people. It’s a very new market and it needs to be encouraged.

“In our area there are a lot of students and they are very interested in the events, and they come. But it’s very difficult to get the authors there. Self-published authors are willing to work with us more, because have invested their own money.

“For us to create demand for the books, authors need to be out their marketing their material. If you don’t do that, your book will just collect dust.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Publishers

Helepi says publishers should also do more to market their authors.

“People cannot believe the collection of books that we have,” he says. “But I had to study. It took three years, and I researched on each and every website. Not every customer will have that passion. We need to make information available very, very easily.”

He was also disappointed that publishers always referred him to the distributor instead of handling his queries directly.

“The distributor doesn’t understand my needs; my needs are totally different. I want to see people who are not out there. I’m not trying to look like someone else, I’m not trying to be like Exclusive Books, I want to be totally different. I want someone who published a book in 2001 and it’s sitting there collecting dust – that’s the book I want. I want the material that people don’t know about. People are still trying to sell me Grey. I don’t want Grey. I don’t want it!

“I want to get the point where I have a 100 percent African bookshop. At the moment we are sitting at around 80 percent, to 20 percent international. Because you can’t say ‘no’ to a customer. If a customer says they want Grey, you need to give it to them.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Distributors and Booksellers

Helepi says his main frustration was with the distributors, from hard-to-navigate websites with outdated book catalogues, to bad communication, to poor tracking of payments.

“Because I’ve only been operating for four months, I’m working on a cash basis. So if I give you money, I want to get that money back as quickly as possible. When you are an independent bookshop, time is everything. Without cash flow, you will not stay afloat.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Readers

“With the market that I’m targeting there is that perception that people do not read,” Helepi said. “But you will find that actually people read.”

However, Helepi says the issue of “book travelling”, where one copy of a book is shared and passed along, is something he is trying to combat – and not chiefly for his own gain.

“What I’m trying to do now, is I’m stressing to everyone that comes into the shop the importance of keeping the copy. Because, yes, you might access it easier now, but in a couple of years later you will not have it. It’s better to make sure you have your own home library and keep all these books so that your kids can access them very easily.

“I want people to understand the value of buying books and keeping them, otherwise publishers don’t think people are reading.”

Helepi says theft is a big problem too, but that he designed to shop to be a big open space, which does help.

A lack of knowledge about local authors is another challenge Helepi faces, and he says he makes a point of taking his customers through the authors, because readers can be intimidated: “sometimes people want to read, but they don’t know where to start”.

He says his mother gave him Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country and a few other volumes, “and from there, I never stopped”.

“Someone needs to introduce you to reading, and we try to do that. We make sure we invest a lot of time in teaching young people about the authors that we have. We recommend books they can relate to, Kopano Matlwa is a good example, and from there they come back for more.

“We don’t want to start everyone on Long Walk to Freedom.

“We try to make sure the budget is in the right place. If you are buying Grey, the money is taken away from buying Kopano Matlwa or someone else.”

Helepi says people are shocked at the books they are able to get at his store, but he always makes sure he has a wide variety to suit all tastes.

“Our customers buy books either because they can relate to them or because they can learn from them. They don’t buy books just for the sake of buying books.”

The bestselling book at African Flavour Books is Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like, with Gayton McKenzie’s A Hustler’s Bible coming in second.

Incredibly, Helepi says fiction is the most popular genre. “I think people find it hard to get. We have everything, and people get excited.”

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Oh BLeKSEM, I Missed (Most of) the Launch of Donga

On a night that snow fell in Johannesburg, breeding dubious new forms of life -

Melville Snowman

The Best of Donga – a very respectable crowd turned out at De la Creme, the bakery and cafe next door to Bookdealers of Melville, for the launch of several indie works, including The Best of Donga, an important compilation from new imprint BLeKSEM (in association with Dye Hard Press and Botsotso).

Your Correspondent missed most of the event, he regrets to report, having failed to take into account the snow factor before traveling from the city’s northern wilds (Rivonia) to the urban paste-bijoux precinct of Melville.

Arriving very late indeed, and puffing cold breath, I caught a whiff of a reading by Arja Salafranca, sipped half a glass of Glen Carlou chardonnay (which sponsored a tasting part-way through the programme), listened to a few arias courtesy a songbird in attendance – I should have jumped in for a Baby it’s Cold Outside duet – and marveled at Leonard the Mime, who played backdrop to all the performances:

Leonard

Allan Kolski Horwitz read a semi-sweet poem from There Are Two Birds at My Window, one of two new publications of his also launched on the night (along with Botsotso 16), and I slipped back out for a smoke with the snowman, then on to the next engagement, which was with the nearest supplier of firewood, Blitz and matches.

As noted on the first page of The Best of Donga, “donga was published online from 2000 to 2003. This is a selection from the website.” It’s a grand selection indeed: Lauren Beukes, Robert Berold, Joan Metelerkamp, Kelwyn Sole, Aryan Kaganof and Toast Coetzer are among the Books LIVE members included, who are joined by the heavyweight likes of Ivan Vladislavic and Lesego Rampolokeng.

The Best of Donga is available directly from BLeKSEM and, at R65 plus postage, is a b-a-r-g-a-i-n. Scratch that, it’s a m-u-s-t h-a-v-e. To get it, send an order to Alan Finlay: alan@openresearch.co.za.

When you run out of firewood, you can use it to – hey, how could you possibly even consider that! You can use it to warm the cockles of your SA Lit-loving soul. I certainly did.

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  • The Best of Donga edited by Alan Finlay, Paul Wessels
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A Guide to kalahari.net’s Marketplace, a New Tool For Authors, Book Sellers, And Bargain Hunters

A special report for BOOK SA by Mandy J Watson.

Kalahari Marketplace

Earlier this year kalahari.net launched a new service called Marketplace, which allows anyone to set up a virtual store and sell products using the kalahari.net infrastructure. The project was in a testing phase for quite a while, although anyone could sign up to try it out during that time, and now it has officially been launched, along with some new features that were based on user feedback.

Here’s how to get started with kalahari.net Marketplace, as well as some detailed notes to help authors, book sellers, and shoppers get the most from the service. With the festive season upon us, there’s no better time than now to jump in!

Setting Up An Account And Getting Started
The set-up process is very quick and easy. If you already have a shopper’s account with kalahari.net you just need to visit the Marketplace page and activate your Marketplace functionality by signing up with a few extra details. If you don’t have an account, or if you want to have a separate one for your Marketplace activities, you need to visit the link above and register a new kalahari.net account.

When you sign up you will have to enter your name; address; a contact number; ID, passport, or company-registration number; and bank-account details, as well as certain details about your business if you’re signing up for a business, rather than personal account. When you add your address details note that the suburb will be listed on your public Marketplace seller’s profile page so that potential buyers know where you come from. (If you’re just curious to try out the system for a few months you can activate your account as a personal account and then convert it to a business account later, keeping your feedback and ratings intact.)

kalahari.net’s systems will then verify your bank-account details, which may take a few days. You will be charged R5, which is similar to the bidorbuy or PayPal registration/validation fee that you are charged for those services. Once your account has been verified any items that you have set up in the meantime will be publicly listed. This also tells potential customers that you have been verified by kalahari.net.

Adding Products And Finalising Listings
Once you have completed the sign-up process you will be able to add your items to the catalogue immediately although, as mentioned, they won’t be visible to shoppers until you are verified. At the moment only certain product categories are accepted – books, DVDs/Blu-Ray Discs/videos, CDs, games, consumer electronics, and photographic equipment. This process is also very simple – there’s a form in which you add pertinent details, such as the product’s ISBN, bar code, or kalahari.net SKU, as well as any other descriptive information, and then the system will search kalahari.net’s catalogue to see if the item is in the database (whether or not kalahari.net has product to sell). If it is, you need to fill in some more information describing the product, such as whether it’s new or second hand and what condition it’s in (the more detail the better, of course). Finally, you add your selling price and then you can upload this listing to the system, which may take a few days to reflect publicly, at which point it becomes an “active” product.

Upload options

If your product is not in the catalogue or you don’t have an ISBN or bar code for the item, you can submit a description of it, plus a photo, to kalahari.net for verifying. This is done manually so it takes a few days for a human to approve the product.

Once you’ve upload a product you have to choose a delivery method. The default is the Post Office, at a minimum of R30 (for the first kilogramme, plus R3.80 per additional kilogramme), but you can also choose the courier option, at a minimum of R81 (for the first 500g, R96.89 for one kilogramme and R100.55 for two kilogrammes) if you wish to go to the extra effort. The buyer pays the shipping fee so you need to keep that in mind when you are setting your sale price in order to keep it competitive. At the moment you can only ship locally but Liz Hillock, kalahari.net’s head of marketing, says that the ability to sell overseas is likely to be introduced in the coming months as they “enhance the seller platform”.

A listing in the catalogue

A listing in the catalogue


Selling A Product And Reputation
When a person buys your product he will immediately be charged and the money will be held by kalahari.net. You will be emailed a notification, and you will have to log in and go to the “parcel order/confirmation” link and print out a delivery note. Then you’ll need to go to the Post Office with your product, which you have packaged securely (with the delivery note) for shipping. At the Post Office, ship the product and get a tracking number and estimated delivery date. Once back home, log in to your account and enter this information, which kalahari.net will then send to the buyer.

After 14 days kalahari.net will pay you the purchase price, minus a 4% (plus VAT) transaction fee. The buyer’s acceptance of the parcel at the Post Office, which requires a signature and an ID number, is your proof that it has been delivered.

Each seller has a public profile page that buyers can visit to learn more about you, see what products you’re selling, and what your “reputation” is. Buyers can leave comments related to their shopping experience with you and give you a rating. A four or five is a positive rating, a three is a neutral rating, and two and one are negative ratings. These ratings are aggregated over time so that new customers can see if you’re any good, and if you’ve been improving over time. If someone posts a negative comment you have an option to post a public reply and if the complaint is genuine there are systems in place to help you to manage conflict, which may require you to issue a refund, for example. (You can also respond to positive feedback if you would like to.)

A seller's profile page, showing reputation and comments


Who Should Use It
Authors:

  • If your book’s gone out of print and you have the space to rescue the last few boxes from pulping hell, consider doing so, and selling the copies directly via a Marketplace store. You can promote it via your web site and social-networking accounts, especially when you publish your next novel and there’s renewed interest in your previous work.
  • Self-publishers now have a new, professional sales channel with which to market and sell their books as potential customers, who may hesitate to send money with no guarantee of receiving goods, will be familiar with, and will trust, the kalahari.net system, especially knowing that buyer protection is in place. Additionally, if you’ve published a book without an ISBN or bar code (though getting an ISBN is still recommended) you will now have an way to sell it in a professional manner rather than only in person at book fairs and similar events.
  • Most recently, authors now have a way to distribute self-pubished e-books, as those can also be listed in Marketplace.

Book Sellers And Shoppers:
The kalahari.net team has been monitoring sales in the Marketplace and some interesting statistics and trends have emerged. Although there are more music and DVD listings of second-hand goods when it comes to actual sales, not only do books have the lead but they sell at better prices. The key to being successful, of course, is knowing what sells well.

According to Liz Hillock, “There is a huge demand for new and used textbooks, anything from Ganong’s Review Of Medical Physiology to General Principles Of Commercial Law. Bestsellers like Shantaram and Eclipse are also popular, but there is a healthy mix of titles in both English and Afrikaans.” Textbooks are incredibly expensive so the demand is so great for second-hand textbooks and the sales have been so successful that kalahari.net will be running a textbook campaign after the holidays to target students who have old ones to sell and need to buy new ones for their next set of courses.

Cook books are another hot area, with a huge market for second-hand books, as aspiring chefs who have worked their way through their collections are always on the lookout for new recipes and new ideas.

A number of the smaller, traditional “bricks and mortar” retailers have tried their hands at selling via the Marketplace and there have already been some success stories. As Liz Hillock says, “We already have over 4000 sellers listing over 600,000 items, including small brick and mortar book stores who are now trading on kalahari.net and selling both their new and used books online, for the first time. It’s a compelling sales channel because our sellers don’t need to have an existing online presence, they can simply download our Bulk Loader spreadsheet and upload thousands of books directly to SA’s largest online retail store. Plus, in a bold commercial move Top Music, a CD, DVD, and games store, has closed its bricks and mortar door after 15 years of trading, only to reopen the shop on kalahari.net! According to owner Leon Harmse, business is booming. ‘Running a store online has unbelievable benefits. You have no idea what it has done to our little business. We are now a 24-hour online store which no longer subscribes to operating hours, customers can shop whenever they want, and more importantly, they can buy my products from anywhere. I now wake up in the morning and find that sales were concluded throughout the night. I should have done this a long time ago,’ he says.”

Finally, with the recent addition of the new infrastructure that allows you to list something even though there’s no ISBN and it’s not in the existing catalogue, dealers in antiquities and rare books are finding they have access to a whole new market online and some have been very successful in using the platform.

Start Selling!
I have personally tested the platform by setting up a profile and uploading a product, although I haven’t sold anything yet, and can confirm how easy it is to get going. If you have any books that you think deserve a home, set up your account right away to catch the festive-season gift hunters and new-year bargain shoppers!


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