Archive | March, 2010


Penguin Books launches “A Million Miles from Normal” by South African author Paige Nick

Posted on 30 March 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

All Rachel Marcus wants is a cool job, a guy who has all his own teeth and a decent cup of tea. Is that too much to ask?

Rachel Marcus has a great life and an amazing job as a top copywriter at an advertising agency in Johannesburg, or rather Rachel Marcus HAD a great life and an amazing job as a top copywriter at an advertising agency in Johannesburg – right up until she got fired.

Forced to sell everything she owns and leave Joburg in a hurry, Rachel decides to move to New York City, where she plans to make a fabulous life for herself and prove to everyone back home that she’s not a complete disaster. Except the only job she can find is at a crap ad agency, with a hippie freak for a boss and an alcoholic drug addict for an art director. The only apartment she can afford is the world’s smallest cockroach-infested rat trap. And all the men she meets are stalkers, ex cons and whack jobs. In fact, the only upside to her new life in the big apple is her new best friend – her frustratingly petite neighbour, Sue.

Will Rachel Marcus ever get it together or is she destined to spend the rest of her life working on ads for sanitary pads, trawling Internet dating sites and dreaming of that elusive cup of Five Roses? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, living in the Big Apple will change Rachel’s life forever.

Find out more by ordering this book online from Red Pepper Books…click here…

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New Engineering Books for March 2010

Posted on 24 March 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

Welcome to this month’s highlights in Engineering!

The latest titles cover a range of topics, and are highly recommended for both engineering students as well as professional engineers.
Introduction to Service Engineering provides an introduction to the fundamentals of the theory and practice of service engineering, and Computational Dynamics provides logical coverage of both theory and numerical computation techniques for practical applications. This book is exceptional in that it covers the practical computational methods used to solve “real-world” problems.
Automotive Electricity explores various solutions for changing our vehicles from fossil fuel consumption to new, more environmentally-friendly power sources.
Fuzzy Logic with Engineering Applications features the latest advances in the field, and Mechanics of Flight is rapidly becoming the textbook of choice to enable readers to master the science and mathematics of flight mechanics.
Smart Structures offers a basic and fundamental description of smart structures from the physical, mathematical and engineering viewpoint, and Building Control With Passive Dampers is essential for post-graduate students, researchers, and design consultants involved in building control.


Whichever branch of engineering you specialize in, you’ll find useful tips in A Pocket Guide to Business for Engineers and Surveyors. In this concise, practical, and often amusing book, Ed Bergeron draws on over 30 years of experience running his own engineering and surveying services firm to provide essential business tips.     


Click here to check out these new titles…     

Happy Reading!
The Red Pepper Team 


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New Books in Knowledge Management and Information Science

Posted on 24 March 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

Welcome to this month’s highlights in Information Science and Knowledge Management!

In the Information Age in which we are living, the ability to access, understand and distribute information is crucial. While technological advancements have brought substantial improvements in the field of information, they have also created new challenges. Here are the latest titles in Library and Knowledge Management to keep information specialists up to date with current trends and technologies, as well as some books which address conventional issues such as readership.

Highlights include Digital Consumers, which  provides insight into digital consumers, and Digital Information which helps information professionals to understand the challenges and opportunities of the Google environment. Library Mashups aims to help any library keep its website dynamically and collaboratively up-to-date, and Bite-sized Marketing offers practical solutions for overworked librarians, providing an overview of the new media and marketing tools.

Titles which address traditional issues include Reader Development in Practice, which address questions such as who is the reader, how do we reach them, and why, and The Public Library, which discusses the nature and functions of the modern public library service.
For librarians who have a special interest in young readers, refer to Delivering the Best Start, a guide to literacy issues in young readers, or Libraries Designed for Kids which gives essential pointers on planning and designing a library for children or teenagers.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome in South African Library Week 2010. This year’s theme is “Reading Changes Lives” – a beautiful testament to the power of the written word!

We attended the launch of SALW at the National Library of South Africa on Saturday the 20th of March and were treated to, among other things, a beautiful poetry reading by Lefifi Tladi; an inspirational speech by Rocky Ralebipi-Simela (NCLIS Chairperson) on the role of libraries in promoting a culture of reading; a fascinating glimpse in to the world of the visually impaired as Prinshof school learner Brendan Smith read a story to us all in braille – I was stunned at how exciting the story was, knowing that he was “reading” it all with his fingers, and felt quite humbled at being an able-bodied person, while at the time time being blown away by the impact that books converted to braille must be having on readers of all ages, opening up a magical new world for the blind. My favourite presentation was a 10 minute traditional storytelling presentation by Nomsa Mdlalose, who told us all about how the eagle got its wings – it was absolutely beautiful and I felt truly honoured to be present. The highlight of the proceedings however had to be seeing the great Nadine Gordimer in person!

To each and every librarian in this beautiful country of ours, THANK YOU for the impact you are making, and continue to make, on every child and adult who is fortunate enough to hold a book in their hands!

 Please click here to have a look at our great selection of new knowledge management and information science books…Phillipa and The Red Pepper Team 

Happy Reading!

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Join us in celebrating Red Pepper Books’ 12th Birthday!

Posted on 19 March 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

Red Pepper Books is 12 years young and we’d like to thank each and every one of our very special customers for being with us on our incredible journey since we opened our doors for business in 1998!

As a token of our gratitude, we’d like to offer you a R50 book voucher to use towards any book purchase to the value of R150 or more.

Simply click on this link to our web site at, browse through our extensive catalogue of over 6 million books, choose the book or books you’ve been itching to read, add them to your shopping cart, and in the promotional code block provided at the end of the checkout process, type in the following code: BLOWOUTTHECANDLES. Your book purchase will then be discounted by R50. This voucher will be valid until 31 August 2010.

Remember that we offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders over R375!

Have a wonderful long weekend everyone, and thank you, once again, for being a Red Pepper customer! We hope that you’ll be joining us in many more of our birthday celebrations in the future!

Phillipa and the team at Red Pepper Books

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Are You Indispensable? Find out in Seth Godin’s new book LINCHPIN

Posted on 03 March 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

Why are some people easily outsourced, downsized , or freelanced into obscurity, while others have their pick of opportunities? Discover how to become indispensable in Seth Godin‘s new book: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to Drive Your Career and Create a Remarkable Future

There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers.  They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.    
Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back. 
As Godin writes, “Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.”

Also available as an audio book – click here to listen to an audio clip or to order the book or audio book online at Red Pepper Books…

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