The publishing division of Club Readership, through which emerging authors will be discovered, groomed and published, and existing authors will be promoted and possibly also published at an affordable and convenient price. This division is divided into 3 parts, namely, Hybrid publishing, Self-Publishing API and Digital Publishing.
Hybrid Publishing: Hybrid publishing allows authors to find high quality publishing services within one company so they don’t have to act as general contractors, hiring all the services they need separately. Though as with traditional publishers, not every publisher is the same.
Disclaimer: The CR operates with a different revenue model than traditional publishing and other hybrid publishers, while keeping the rest of the practices of traditional publishing the same. The revenue source of a traditional publisher is through the sale of books (and other related materials) that they publish. At CR publishers, the revenue of hybrid publishing comes from the fees charged for the execution of our publishing services we do not market and distribute the books. We can only distribute digitally and the author keeps all the profits.
Though we might retain the printing rights of the print version of the book depending on the contractual agreement with the hybrid author.
Hybrid author : Hybrid author is an author who has self-published an eBook. Then sells the print rights for that book to a traditional publisher while retaining the electronic rights.
Self publishing : Authors publish their book on their own without any help or contract out specific services such as editing or cover design. Hybrid publishing allows authors to find high quality publishing services within one company so they don’t have to act as general contractors, hiring all the services they need separately.
Self publishing affords the author freedom in exactly how they decide to get their book to market. Hybrid publishing may restrict some of this creative freedom in the same way that traditional publishers operate, doing what they believe is best for the book and the market rather than the author leading the editorial and design decisions. Each hybrid publisher is different and vary by how much creative freedom they give authors, and other criteria.
CR Foundation was created for the readership in Africa and the diaspora to engage on African books written by African authors. This platform will, among other things enable the readership to meet and engage on books on trimester basis, to have online conversations about books, writing competitions and above all to make reading fashionable as it is a necessity, particularly in black communities. Furthermore, we seek to improve comprehension in basic education.
Research by Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) revealed that up to 40% of SA students drop out in their first year at university. Only 15% finish their degrees in record time.
Reasons for Students Dropping Out
This major problem is attributed to following causes. The biggest contributor is financial constraints which bursary programmes have attended to. The second cause of students dropping out is language barrier.Some students struggle to comprehend the content at universities because they speak English as their second language. As a result of the cultural shock of being at university, most students feel lonely and isolated and this leads to poor academic performance.
Most students, in particular first generation students are forced to choose wrong subjects because of lack of career guidance and pressure from parents, they become demotivated and eventually drop out. All these factors are interlinked .
We publish books written by young accomplished authors and facilitate workshops based on the content of the books. The authors are relatable to the audience, they are first generation students and have excellent academic record and proven track record in
facilitating access, improving retention, success and completion of first generation students to institutions of higher learning.
Impact and Track-record
Published 35 titles from 43 Authors.
Sold 5000 plus copies
impacted over 5000 young people across 130 plus schools in all nine provinces of South Africa working with Faculty of Best Advisory-FBA
Partnered with 10 organisations for bulk orders including Gauteng Department of Educations Young Writers project (TMMBS, FBA, Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Foundation, Gauteng Department of Education, Wits ABSIP)
The CR Magazine is a feature of Club Readership which is aimed at creating a platform for all small businesses, artists and academics to be known, promoted and be celebrated. Club Readership has inherited the responsibility to make reading fashionable and trendy again because in our opinion the best way to liberate a nation is via literature. The most powerful weapon a country can ever have is the synched energy of its youth and the single most important treasure one can give to a black child is education. If we all channel our energy into making South Africa great, no economic status or any other external force can stand in our way.
We, therefore, call upon every institution in South Africa, owned by young people to join us in carving the ladder to a successful nation. If there was one way to break Africa down, it would be to decompose her very spine which holds her unique spirituality and culture. The establishment of this magazine was compelling, owing to the sudden interest in Eurocentric cultures and general Westernized behavior in our youth.
Because Club Readership is based in a student-dominated area we saw it fit that we also include conversations about student lives and the challenges they go through. This is the magazine that is going to say to you “black child it is possible”. We share narratives of students who have blundered and still managed to bounce back and flourished, we give insight on financial literacy which is an area of lack especially within the black community and of course we break down trending South African novels and expose you to the authors.
The screech for decolonized education is futile if we don’t have confidence in our own literature. With every publication of this magazine, we hope to introduce interesting reads that the reader could read to nourish their mental capacity. We hope to introduce the reader to a black-owned business that they could associate with and also we hope to generally liberate and motivate the black child to be it academically, socially and/or generally