Growing a Reading Nation with NBW

For the first time since its inception, National Book Week (NBW) was celebrated in all nine provinces, which is a great feat for the industry. This year the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) went all out to promote the importance of books. Uitenhague Councillor Siyasanga Sijadu, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Sport, Recreation,…

National Book Week

National Book Week (NBW) 2016 enjoyed unprecedented support from Government. Mayors joined in at events across the country. The #BUY_A_BOOK campaign at Exclusive Books, Bargain Books and Takealot.com were well supported.Thank you. Funda Bala will get all the books you have donated into the hands of children who do not have books. A reading nation is a leading nation!

Why the SABDC

South Africa needs book development initiatives like National Book Week to promote more local books, more local language and diverse content books, and we need transformation and investment in the sector to better serve all South Africans.

What is Book Development?

The term was coined by UNESCO to cover the myriad range of people, processes and skills which go into the making and reading of a book. The need for book development is a condition not only for having more books created or output, but also different kinds of outputs to that which were previously produced as well as changes in the technical and institutional arrangements by which output is produced and distributed.

Does South Africa need book development?

Yes, we need more local books.

Yes, we need more indigenous language and diverse content books.

Yes, we need transformation and investment in the sector to better serve all South Africans.

The history of book development

In the mid-1960s, UNESCO held a series of regional meetings in Asia, Africa, the Arab States and Latin America to assess long-term book needs and assist in working out national policies and strategies to overcome the dearth of books in these areas. It was at these meetings that UNESCO also encouraged the formation of national book development councils which could play a key role in promoting and coordinating all areas of book development activity in harmony with overall national development.