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Where will the e-reader revolution take publishing?

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

A commuter uses a Kindle while riding the subway in New York June 1, 2009. The publishing industry is trying to deal with the growing demand for online content and is looking at the music industry for lessons.


A commuter uses a Kindle while riding the subway in New York June 1, 2009. The publishing industry is trying to deal with the growing demand for online content and is looking at the music industry for lessons. Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Some experts believe the devices will change our reading habits and throw several industries into turmoil — that is, just as soon as Apple gets into the game.

Will it or won’t it?

The Internet is burning up with speculation about Apple Inc.’s plans for an “iPad,” a potential new entrant in the e-reader market of low-power digital devices whose displays approach paper quality.

Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader together cracked the million-unit mark last year, but everyone – especially those in troubled publishing industries – is looking to the iPod maker to potentially bring digital reading into the mainstream, and transform their businesses forever.

Things have changed since early e-readers tried and failed to find a market in the late 1990s. The spread of mobile computing and the new gadgets’ greater usability and convenience are fostering what a recent series of reports by Forrester Research calls an “eReader Revolution.” 

Xerox researchers have created printable organic electronics, light, flexible backplanes on which electronic circuitry can be literally printed. The ereader of the future may be created with similar technology. This prototype illustrates the use of printable electronics as a radio frequency ID antenna.
Xerox Research Centre of Canada 

Xerox researchers have created printable organic electronics, light, flexible backplanes on which electronic circuitry can be literally printed. The ereader of the future may be created with similar technology. This prototype illustrates the use of printable electronics as a radio frequency ID antenna. 

Electronic-ink technology has made long-lasting, slim devices possible, notes Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, and there’s a lot more content available. Kindle owners can buy Amazon’s books directly through the device, and Sony Readers can access half a million free books from Google, as well as from the Sony e-store. As a result, the number of e-reader owners has jumped by 150 per cent between the second quarters of 2008 and ‘09.

Amazon’s introduction of the $400 (U.S.) Kindle in 2007 launched this new phase of electronic reading, tapping into the online generation’s demand for instant gratification. “The immediacy of being able to fulfill a desire for new reading material on the go has great appeal for Kindle adopters,” writes Rotman Epps in her report. “Kindle owners echo the delight that iPod owners felt at being able to carry their entire music collection in a slim portable device.”

This summer, rivals hit back with a flurry of e-reader announcements, advancing both the technology and e-reader business models. One of Sony’s two e-readers and a new unit from Samsung sport touchscreens. In Japan, Fujitsu has come out with the first colour e-reader. U.S. book chain Barnes & Noble, meanwhile, is trying to turn iPhones and BlackBerrys into e-readers by selling downloadable books.

And everyone is waiting for Apple to show its hand, with most betting on a hybrid tablet – something between a notebook and a Kindle-style pad – offering not just downloadable books (from iTunes, of course), but e-mail, music and other features. The company is already a de facto player in the market: There are more installed e-book apps on iPhones than on Kindles and Sony Readers combined.

E-readers’ adoption is still tiny – just 1.5 per cent of American consumers own one, and fewer in Canada – but Ms. Rotman Epps believes these gadgets will change our reading habits while throwing several industries into turmoil. 

Book publishers are truly facing a revolution. They’re looking at a future where more of their revenue will come from e-books than from print, and the overall [revenue] pie will be smaller. — Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps

According to her research, book publishers are where music publishers were in 2001 when the iPod launched: Their content has already been digitized, but until now there’s been no compelling way to buy and consume it. “The rate at which book publishers’ content is getting to full digitization is very rapid,” she observes, with Google’s digitization initiative having already passed the million-book mark. “Book publishers are truly facing a revolution,” she says. “They’re looking at a future where more of their revenue will come from e-books than from print, and the overall [revenue] pie will be smaller.”

This will force a very painful transition. “As we’ve seen in other media industries, many times companies can’t make the transition to being smaller, with smaller revenues,” she says. Denying consumers access, as record companies tried to do, is pointless. “Book publishers need to understand that e-books are their future,” says Ms. Rotman Epps. “Then they need to think very critically about how to build a profitable business” around them, perhaps selling subscriptions to their catalogues or partnering with retailers.

It’s the textbook market, however, that Ms. Rotman Epps believes will be the e-reader “killer app.” There are issues around colour (still not widely available), highlighting and note-making capabilities and various standards, but she thinks these will be solved over the next 12 months. Getting content ready will take longer. “For students to justify the cost of the device, nearly all the books and course packs need to be available,” she notes. Still, the business proposition is irresistible for publishers and consumers: Publishers will slice into the used-book market and students will see their book costs drop by as much as 50 per cent.

Newspapers and magazine publishers are also eyeing e-readers, but Ms. Rotman Epps doubts the technology will solve the news industry’s problems. “The terms are not good for newspapers – for example, Amazon keeps 70 per cent of Kindle revenue, publishers can’t maintain customer data, and they can’t show the ads.” For that reason, some news organizations, such as Hearst and The Financial Times, are teaming up with technology companies to develop their own e-reader platforms. Ms. Rotman Epps thinks print media should consider subsidizing the devices for their subscribers to drive their adoption, and through them, the sale of digital subscriptions. 

Getting the bulk of consumers to change that behaviour will require an experience superior to that of the printed page. — Analyst James Belcher of NextGen Research

Not everyone sees e-readers as being quite so transformative. In a recent report, analyst James Belcher of NextGen Research points out that the parallel between publishing and music industries is imperfect. “Consumers have read books printed on paper for hundreds of years, without having to endure the multiple format changes seen in recorded music,” he notes. “Getting the bulk of consumers to change that behaviour will require an experience superior to that of the printed page.”

Such experience may not be far away. Inside the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in Mississauga, Ontario, for example, Paul Smith is overseeing development of “printable organic electronics” – light, flexible backplanes on which electronic circuitry can be literally printed. “A Kindle or Sony [Reader] are heavy, their structure is quite stiff and they’re quite expensive to manufacture,” says Mr. Smith. “You want e-readers to be lighter, flexible, more like a piece of paper.”

Imagine rolling up your e-reader like a magazine and stuffing it in your pocket. Will that be enough to tear people away from their beloved paper? The answer may be available as early as next year.

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Dan Brown sells 550,000 in first week and 2 million copies as at 23 September 2009

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Bantam Press) sold 550,946 copies in its first five days on sale, making the The Da Vinci The Lost Symbol Code follow-up the fastest-selling adult book since records began.

Doubleday announced on 23 September 2009 that since The Lost Symbol went on sale last Tuesday it has sold more 2 million copies of the English language edition worldwide. The total includes hardcover, audio and e-book formats. Doubleday said Symbol sales were the biggest one-week sale in parent company Random House history for a single title. Doubleday said that in addition to setting one-day sales records for RH in the U.S. Canada and the U.K., the novel set first-day sales records at accounts in over 60 territories around the world.

Buoyed by a numerous deep-discounted offers at UK book retailers, and substantial pre-orders, the conspiracy thriller has smashed the previous hardback adult novel sales record already—set by Thomas Harris’ Hannibal (Heinemann), which sold 299,000 copies in its lifetime.

Just shy of £4.6m was spent on The Lost Symbol, with the numerous deep-discounted offers helping to plunge its average selling price through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market last week to just £8.27—56.5% off its £18.99 r.r.p.

It is the 53rd week Brown has topped the UK bestseller lists, following the two weeks Angels and Demons spent at the summit of the Official UK Top 50 earlier this year, and the 50 weeks The Da Vinci Code (both Corgi) spent on pole position between 2004 and 2006.

J K Rowling is the only other author to have enjoyed a weekly sale above 500,000 since BookScan records began in 1998, and still holds the all-time fastest-selling sales record. Her final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury), sold a staggering 2.6 million copies across its adult and children’s editions in its first 24-hours on sale back in July 2007.

In total, £34.9m was spent at UK book retailers last week, according to Nielsen data, up 17.8% week on week and up 12.1% on the same week last year, when Christopher Paolini’s Brisingr (Doubleday) topped the charts with a 41,028 sale.

Thirteen pence in every pound spent at UK book retailers last week went towards a copy of The Lost Symbol—a book that sold 77 copies every 60 seconds, on average, during the five days it was on sale last week.

The book also proved popular at independent bookshops, topping this week’s Independent Retail chart.

Transworld has confirmed that it will have 1.25m copies in print by the end of this week.

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Feed Your Soul with the Latest Books in Mind, Body and Spirit

Posted on 22 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Magic in your HandsAs September blooms, we seek renewal and healing in all aspects of our being. Our new books this month will show you how Your mind can heal your bodyExperience Cellular Awakening and see how your body holds and creates light. Grab some Magic in your hands and use auras for healing. Healing spirits will help ease the pain of losing loved ones.Living with the Gift TJ Higgs
Learn about the astounding science of wealth and happiness with Quantum Success. If there’s one thing we should all strive for it is happiness. Learn practical tips from the gurus of happiness in Happy Everyday and discover the ancient secrets of love, manifestation, wisdom and self confidence with Doreen Virtue’s Solomon’s Angels.
Angel babiesGo on another fascinating and inspirational journey with Sylvia Browne with Temples of the Other Side or be enthralled by children’s memories of previous lives in Life before life

Delve deeper on your spiritual path with Jason Chan in the Radiant Warrior, discover true Spiritual Wisdom, but make sure your guru is worth the cords his flowing robes are tied with in Gurus & Charisma.   
History buffs will love The World of the Bible, and finally unravel the mysteries of the Genesis Enigma. The English Physician, also called Culpeper’s Herbal, will offer an authentic peek into healing plants of the past.1153
Follow the development of ‘the new age’ from Arthur Conan Doyle to Conversations with God in The View. Keen astrologists will revel in Parker’s Astrology while TJ Higgs fans will find out how one of the UK’s leading psychics is Living with the Gift. Angel enthusiasts will be inspired by My whispering Angels – the story of an Irish woman touched by Angels and Angel Babies – true stories of guardian angels.

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Just Published! “Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money” By Robert Kiyosaki

Posted on 22 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Roberty Kiyosaki shares the 8 new rules of money in his new book “Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money

This book, which was wConspiracy of the rich audioritten entirely online during the global economic crisis, reflects Kiyosaki’s personal feelings and philisophy on how people everywhere can, and should, take charge of their personal independence.

In late January 2009, Robert Kiyosaki launched Conspiracy of the Rich – a free online book which was written in serial basis to help people understand how the current recession came about and learn how to survive through the coming rough years.

An unprecedented publishing event for Kiyosaki and The Rich Dad Company, CONSPIRACY OF THE RICH is an interactive, ‘Wiki-style’ project in which Kiyosaki has invited feedback, commentary and questions from readers across the globe. The response so far has been totally fantastic. Millions of readers have flocked to the website to read what Robert has to say about the recession and the readers have posted thousands of comments.

Some of those reader comments are  included in the book. And, because Robert has been posting chapters in real-time on a regular basis, he’s able to address what’s been happening to the economy on a timely and topical basis. His 8 New Rules of Money provides readers real insights on how they can get through these tough times.

Available in paperback and audio book

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Forthcoming Title: “The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe” by Douglas Rogers

Posted on 21 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell


“The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe”Last resort

Aremarkable true story about one family in a country under siege, and a testament to the love, perseverance, and resilience of the human spirit.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Douglas Rogers escaped the dull future mapped out for him by his parents for one of adventure in Europe and the US. But when President Robert Mugabe launched the violent programme to reclaim white-owned land and Rogers’s parents were caught in the cross-fire, everything changed. Owners of Drifters, a popular game farm and backpackers lodge in the Eastern Highlands, Lyn and Ros found their home under siege, their friends and neighbors expelled, and their lives in danger. But instead of leaving, as their son pleads them to, they haul out a shotgun and decide to stay.

On returning to the country of his birth, Douglas finds his once orderly home transformed into something resembling a Marx Brothers romp crossed with Heart of Darkness: marijuana has supplanted maize; prostitutes have replaced college students as guests; and soldiers, spies, and teenage diamond dealers guzzle beer at the bar. Beyond the farm gates, meanwhile, rogue politicians, witch doctors, and armed war veterans circle like hungry lions.

And yet in spite of it all, Rogers’s parents – with the help of friends, farm workers, lodge guests and residents, among them black political dissidents and white refugee farmers – continue to hold on. In the midst of a nation stuck between its stubborn past and an impatient future, Rogers begins to see his parents in an entirely new light: unbowed, with passions and purpose renewed, even heroic.

The Last Resort is an inspiring tale about home, love, hope, responsibility and redemption. An edgy roller-coaster adventure, it is also a deeply moving story about how to survive a corrupt dictatorship with a little innovation, humour, bribery, and brothel management.


R195.00 • ISBN: 9781868423620 • October 2009 • TPB• 320 pages • World rights • Category: Non-fiction

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Forthcoming Title: “Hani: A Life too Short”, the new book detailing the story of Chris Hani’s life

Posted on 21 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Chris Hani’s assassination in 1993 gave rise to one of South Africa’s great imponderables: if he had survived, whatHani final front cover impact would he have had on politics and government in South Africa? More pointedly, could this charismatic leader have risen to become president of the country?

Hani was a hero of South Africa’s liberation, a communist party leader and Umkhonto we Sizwe chief of staff who was both intellectual and fighter, a man who could inspire an army but carried a book of poetry in his backpack. Hani led MK into its earliest battles, and carved a formidable reputation as a thinker, debater and peacemaker.

Hani: A Life Too Short tells the story of Hani’s life, from his childhood in rural Transkei and education at Fort Hare University to the controversial Memorandum of 1969, the crisis in the ANC camps in Angola in the 1980s and the heady dawn of freedom. Drawing on interviews and the recollections of those who knew him, this vividly written book provides a detailed account of the life of a great South African.

Janet Smith is an executive editor of The Star and a special writer at Independent Newspapers, concentrating on socio-political stories, essays and profiles. She is the author of two award-winning novels for young South Africans and the co-author of a third prize-winning book for teenagers. A mother of three, she lives in Kensington, Johannesburg.

Beauregard Tromp is a senior reporter at The Star newspaper in Johannesburg. He was awarded the Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Journalist of the Year in 2009 for his coverage of the xenophobic violence in Johannesburg in 2008. He is a previous Africa Correspondent and has travelled extensively throughout the continent covering the events which have helped shape Africa in the past decade.

R190.00 • ISBN: 9781868423491 • Oct 2009 • Trade paperback World rights • Category: Politics

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Forthcoming Title: “Resident Alien” by Rian Malan, author of My Traitor’s Heart

Posted on 21 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Twenty years ago Rian Malan wrote the best-selling book My Traitor’s Heart. Readers were both entranced andResident Alien final cover repelled by a remarkable book that cut to the heart of South Africa with its honesty and power. It still sells today.

Malan’s new book Resident Alien is a provocative and engaging collection of the best of his writings that have appeared in the likes of The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Esquire, since My Traitor’s Heart.

Crisscrossing South Africa – and further afield – in a quest to understand the land and continent of his birth – Malan does time with an extraordinary cast of characters: from vigilantes and outlaws to beauty queens and truckers; from Sol Kerzner to Jackie Selebi; from JM Coetzee to the last Afrikaner in Tanzania.

Never one to avoid getting his hands dirty, nor shy of controversy, Malan’s writing has landed him in hot water from just about everyone. Whether taking on the music industry, the government, or spending time with the AIDS denialists, he has earned the enmity of all.

But Malan’s honesty, his unwavering support for the underdog, and the unique power of his prose, make him one of South Africa’s most important writers.

R185.00 • ISBN: 9781868423569 • November 2009 • Trade Paperback • 380pp World rights • Category: Current Affairs

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Announcing the forthcoming release of “The World According to Julius Malema” by Max du Preez and Mandy Rousseau

Posted on 21 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

World according to Julius MalemaLove him or hate him, ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema featured once again in the news this weekend, this time for assaulting a police reservist neighbour who popped around to talk to him about the “loud music” and “revving Harley Davidsons” at Malema’s new Sandton home on Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning.

And now there’s a book to explain it all… “The World According to Julius Malema” is publishing this October by Kwela Books.

Well-known journalists Max du Preez and Mandy Rossouw have compiled a range of about 80 famous and infamous sayings by Julius Malema, leader of the ANC Youth League for the past two years. What does he say about Zille, Zuma, women and Nando’s? And what do his words reveal about the new generation of the ANC and where the post-elections government is heading?

An excerpt from the book:

Malema evokes strong reactions from those outside the ANC and his youthful fan base.

Former ANC MP and parliamentary whip David Dalling voiced the opinion of many when he said, “Malema is an uneducated, loud-mouthed, ignorant and arrogant lout, and an embarrassment to both the ANC and all of South Africa. As Anne Robinson would say, ‘You are the weakest link. Goodbye.’ President Zuma should tell him to go.”

A senior former cabinet minister says with considerable venom in his voice: “Malema is nothing but a running dog. It is scandalous that Zuma and Mantashe are tolerating his despicable behaviour – or shall I say encouraging it.”

A former youth activist, Siyanda Mhlongo, wrote in the Sowetan that Malema’s utterances were “primitive, barbaric, backward”. Cope leader Terror Lekota called Malema a “child soldier”, typical of those who have caused so much destruction in Africa. He said Malema’s political intolerance and threats of violence showed the ANC’s descent into ironfisted authoritarianism. “Malema says, ‘If you do not do what we say, then we will take up arms and kill you.’ And you still want us to think of Malema as a joke?”

But a University of Cape Town student, Motheo Moleko, gave a different, fascinating insight in a piece he wrote for after Malema had addressed a meeting on the campus just before the April elections. Malema “cemented his position as the politician least afraid to provoke and most likely to grossly polarise his detractors from his supporters,”

Moleko wrote. “Yet, amidst the cheers, boos and theatrics, I believe I witnessed something far more interesting – the imminence of a new political celebrity. On his rare visit to UCT, I was less surprised with what he had to say than I was surprised at the effect he had on people.” Moleko wrote that Malema drew about 700 students without much pre-publicity.

Apart from a few DA hecklers, the crowd mostly loved him. Malema inspired them, he wrote; “I witnessed many of those sitting on the fence becoming believers of the ‘glorious revolution’ Julius spoke of.” Malema was “not everybody’s cup of tea”, Moleko continued, “but there is a lot more going on under the hood than some have been led to believe.

Furthermore, whether those who witnessed him liked what they saw or found it intolerable, every person who walked out of the Beattie Lecture Theatre onto University Avenue was emotionally charged and was wanting more.”

In Luthuli House itself, those who do not love or heroworship Malema fear him – or tolerate him because he serves their purposes. Most make sure that they stay on his right side.

About three million new voters registered for the April 2009 elections. Most of those must have been young and black. Malema and his lieutenants like to remind the ANC leadership that the Youth League delivered most of these votes to the ANC. That made sure that the ANC ended up with 65,9% of the total vote, despite the breakaway by Cope and the growth of the DA.

It seems fairly safe to assume that Malema’s value to the mainstream ANC is the fact that the disaffected black youth, angry and resentful that their prospects have not dramatically improved in recent years, are attracted by Malema’s rudeness, militancy and blanket defiance. His power gives them a little, by proxy.

Opposition parties claim Malema is being shamelessly used as a tool by the senior leadership of the ANC to “do their dirty work for them”. The ANC denies this, naturally, and reminds people that the ANC Youth League can legitimately claim some autonomy.

Some leaders privately tell reporters that they don’t take Malema seriously and that’s why they find it unnecessary to constantly repudiate and discipline him. But there is sufficient reason to believe that Zuma himself and several of his senior comrades in the ANC’s national executive have consciously exploited Malema’s blustering style and scare tactics to their own advantage.

One of those leaders reluctantly conceded as much: “All those who claimed to have left the ANC because of Julius’s antics would have left the ANC anyway. When the IFP’s Koos van der Merwe said before the elections that Malema was the opposition parties’ best weapon, he didn’t know what he was talking about. Sure, he embarrasses us occasionally, but it does no lasting damage; we simply say he’s young and still has to learn. On the other hand, he’s brought real value to the party at election time and his role in getting Zuma where he is now, instead of in jail, should not be underestimated.”

Whatever his political future, Julius Malema has made sure of his place in the history books in the important new era in South African politics after the Polokwane revolution of December 2007.

Some quotes from The World According to Malema:

On Julius Malema: “I’m an ordinary young person who’s grown up here in South Africa, from a township, who has no intention – none whatsoever – to scare people.”

On Zuma’s education: “Zuma was taught by people on the ground. He is the most educated president. Economics is simple – put bread on the table.”

On politicians who can be replaced: “Politicians are the easiest to replace . . . we will move forward and they will carry on with the programmes which are there.”

On a two-thirds majority: “We are tired of a two-thirds majority. Our aim is a ‘three-thirds’ majority.”

On being a decoy: “I was the decoy. While Helen Zille was calling me names, Jacob Zuma was sprinting to the Union Buildings.”

On Nando’s: “I don’t know what’s happening with Nando’s. We are running this country and we cannot be concerned about chickens.”

On the ANCYL: “We are in a political laboratory; never blame us if we make mistakes, we are [just] learning.”

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Afrikaanse Boeke vir Kinders – Williempie se Wenners vir September-maand!

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Williempie se Wenners vir September-maand!

Liewe Oumawillempie

Na die ongelukkige ontmoeting van my kriketbal en die bure se voorportaal-venster, het Pa my gehok – totdat ek DERTIG jaar oud is! Aai, en dit is nou veral erg om die hele Septembervakansie by die huis opgeskeep te sit … Maar soos Ouma weet, het ek altyd ‘n plan! Ek het besluit ek gaan uitbreek en vir Ouma-hulle in Bloemies kom kuier.

Ek het al met die tonnel begin – maar so vêr het ek net tot onderkant die mat van my kamer gekom (matte is heelvat moeiliker om deur te grawe as wat mens sou dink!) Toe besef ek dat ek navorsingsmateriaal nodig het. Ek het vir Tannie Phillipa by RED PEPPER BOOKS geraadpleeg – en sy het sommer onmiddelik vir my die nuutste in kinder-en-jeugboeke aangestuur. (Hiermee onderaan aangeheg.)

Hierdie missie behels ‘n ekspedisie van enorme proporsies – so Bessie Hemelbesem en die Ekspedisie na Daërdoer is noodsaaklik (ek weet nie of daërdoer verder of nader is van Johannesburg tot Bloemfontein toe nie – maar as Bessie, wat ‘n MEISIE is, dit kan regkry, dan kan ek ook!)

In Mnr. Humperdinck Se Wonderlike Watsenaam gebruik Pete Smith vlieënde vullisblikke om in te ontsnap. (Maar Ouma moenie worrie nie – ek sal dat Klein Jan eers ‘n paar toetsvluggies van die dak af bemeester in ons eie vullisblik – en ek weet wat Ouma gaan sê oor veiligheid – ek sal seker maak dat hy dit eers oordentlik uitwas!)

En ‘n mens weet nooit wat daar buite ronddwaal nie, so kry asseblief Virus sodat ek weet wat om te doen as ‘n paar bose mense wat lyk soos ons bure my wil verskeur. En ingeval ek ‘n bietjie te vêr grawe en by die strand uitkom, kry asseblief ook vir my die feiteboekie oor Walvisse en Dolfyne.

En om my besig te hou totdat my tonnel klaar is – het ek ook Blokraaisels vir Aapsterte nodig asseblief. Pa kla gedurig as ek hom help deur om sy blokraaisels vir hom in te vul.Ek dink dis al wat ek nodig het, maar kan ouma asseblief die volgende vir Pietersielie, Klein Jan en Ousus aankoop:

Lili se Boekklub – waarin sy ‘n geheime boek ontdek wat haar lei na ‘n geheime deurtjie. (Ouma weet hoe lank ek al wens dat ousus ‘n gehuime deur sal vind en in ‘n ander wêreld stilletjies verdwyn!) Ag shame, kry sommer maar ook vir haar Roset – boek 8 van die Staalmaats-reeks – sy is so mal oor hierdie reeks – dan sal sy haar neus in ‘n boek hê – en nie die ontploffings hoor as ek met die dinamietfase van hierdie missie begin nie.

In n’ huis, in ‘n huis vir Piersielie. (Dit lyk soos ‘n wonderlike muisavontuur!) Ek het gedink hy is ‘n goner nadat ek sy hamsterwiel geelektrifiseer het, maar hy net vir ‘n dag of so in sy hok gelê – en toe hol hy weer rond. Ek sweer hy is nie dieselfde muis nie, want hy is nou ‘n paar skakerings ligter, maar ma se dit kan gebeur as ‘n hamster homself wit geskrik het.

Thomas @ om vir bangkat Klein Jan te help om sy vrees vir die donker te oorkom. (Ek dink daardie Halloween geraamte wat ek in sy hangkas gehang het ook die hele proses sal bespoedig.)

Dankie Ouma. Wens my sterkte toe, en ek hoop ouma bak solank TONNE koekies …

Baie liefde
Jou wille Willempie

Kliek hier om na al ons nuwe kinderboeke op ons webwerf te lees …

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In Search of the African Wild Dog by Roger & Pat de la Harpe is now available

Posted on 18 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

In Search of the African Wild Dog

In search of the African Wild Dog Roger and Pat de la Harpe Perhaps the most successful hunter in Africa, the AfricanIn Search of the African Wild Dog_Roger and Pat de la Harpe wild dog, Lycaon pictus, ironically finds itself on the brink of extinction. Part of the Canidae family, and sharing a general similarity with the various canids worldwide, the African wild dog differs fundamentally from other canids: it belongs to the genus, Lycaon, which formed a new branch on the family tree some 3 million years back and subsequently evolved independently. Today it is the only survivor of this unique line and, because of its genetic difference, is unable to interbreed with any of its canid relatives or even with the domestic dog. Previously found in diverse habitats across the continent, it has tragically disappeared from much of its former range. Today there are only an estimated 3 000 to 5 500 wild dogs left in the whole of Africa, a mere 500 of which occur in South Africa. In Search of the African Wild Dog is a stunningly photographed and well-documented tribute to these rare and endangered animals, covering their history, biology, distribution, habitat, and breeding and release programmes. In spite of, or perhaps because of, the elusive nature of the wild dogs and their limited population numbers, Roger and Pat have produced their best book yet. Roger and Pat de la Harpe, renowned freelance photographer and author team, have written for numerous publications around the world, most notably Africa Geographic, Getaway, BBC Wildlife, Geo and National Geographic, on natural history, wild places and different cultures.

 ISBN: 9781919938110 • Hard cover • 265 mm x 265 mm 160 pages with 200 colour photographs • R 320.00

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