IT’S ABOUT FORMAT
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.