oa Alternation - Statistical Trends in South African Book Publishing during the 1990s1

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The 1990s can be viewed as a Rubicon era for the South African book-publishing industry. The industry had to make the transition from functioning in a colonial and apartheid context to operating in the arena of the fledging post-apartheid democracy. On the eve of the 1990s, industry spokesmen were looking forward to an extremely challenging era-full of exciting opportunities, especially in educational publishing, which has long been the backbone of book publishing in South Africa. The time has now come to appraise the transition and to take stock of the shape and size of the book publishing industry. Did the industry grow during this period of no return?

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