IT’S ABOUT FOR­MAT

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SA’s best­selling nov­el­ist Lau­ren Beukes sees the print-ver­sus-on­line de­ba­cle as lit­tle more than a tus­sle over the same thing – the story. They are sim­ply “story de­liv­ery meth­ods”, she ex­plains. “Whether you shoot it up or smoke it, lis­ten to it or read it on pa­per or a screen, it’s about for­mat. The more ways we can get peo­ple hooked, the bet­ter.” Beukes, whose graphic novel, Fairest – The Hid­den King­dom , with Inaki Mi­randa, de­buted at #2 on The New York Times best­seller list, says con­sump­tion may be chang­ing, but story is still story. “New for­mats al­low you space to play, by adding a sound­track or an al­ter­nate end­ing or a se­cret chap­ter you have to crack a code to

and Dan Brown and TC Boyle.” Deon Meyer, based in Paarl, is an­other cham­pion author whose al­most a dozen books are sell­ing like hot­cakes around the world. Meyer sees the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try as more holis­tic than just a print/on­line di­chotomy suf­fer­ing its schisms. “The prob­lem is that the book in­dus­try is not only inf lu­enced by tech­nol­ogy, e-books, au­dio or the tra­di­tional mar­ket,” he says.

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