A paperback (also known as softback or softcover) is a type of book characterized by a thick paper or paperboard cover, and often held together with glue rather than stitches or staples. In contrast, hardcover or hardback books are bound with cardboard covered with cloth; although more expensive, hardbacks are more durable. Inexpensive books bound in paper have existed since at least the 19th century in such forms as pamphlets, yellowbacks, dime novels, and airport novels. Most modern paperbacks are either “mass-market paperbacks” or “trade paperbacks”.
Paperback editions of books are issued when a publisher decides to release a book in a low-cost format. Cheap paper, glued bindings, and the lack of a hard cover contribute to the inherent low cost of paperbacks. Paperbacks can be the preferred medium when a book is not expected to be a major seller, or in other situations where the publisher wishes to release a book without putting forth a large investment. Examples include many novels, and newer editions or reprinting’s of older books.
Education books are by far our largest individual market with educational production of over 35 million books per year, covering primary, secondary, tertiary and adult education, with titles being printed in all 11 of our official languages.
We also undertake large tender contracts for outside South African borders, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana, Angola, DRC – tenders are awarded by relevant Governments and via donor funded projects from Europe and North America.