Paperight schools taste matric success

Last week saw the release of matric results for 2013 in the Western Cape. Two schools in the Western Cape that used Paperight’s past matric exam papers as part of their teaching this year saw huge improvements in their pass rates and the quality of their passes.

Pelican Park High School’s principal, Mr. Cader Tregonning, made it his mission to pull his school’s socks up. When he heard about Paperight matric exam past papers, he encouraged all students to buy them at the beginning of the school year. It was clear to see that those that had bought them were sailing ahead in marks and confidence by the middle of the year. Pelican Park High School ultimately achieved a pass rate of 93.5% (up from 80% in 2012), and had 5 subjects with a 100% pass rate: English, Afrikaans, History, Life Orientation, Mathematical Literacy.

Silverstream Secondary School had the unfortunate distinction of being the school in the Western Cape with the lowest pass rate in 2012. Minuteman Press Cape Town stepped in to help them out by donating Paperight materials to their students. Despite enormous adversity – including gangsterism in the surrounding areas – the staff and students worked hard in 2013 and their hard work shows in their final results. Silverstream Secondary School achieved a pass rate of 69.1% (up from 34.2% in 2012). That means that their pass rate almost doubled. Even better, the number of students who achieved Diploma passes went from 9.2% to 38.2%, meaning that more matriculants from the school can look forward to tertiary education.

So there we have it! Proof that Paperight materials are essential in the classroom. At such affordable rates, we can make sure that more classrooms are better equipped to ensure that their students have the best possible chance of success. Why not head down to your local high school/s and introduce yourself with a copy of Paperight’s catalogue? You’ll find a copy here for download.

If you would like to get involved by sponsoring a school by supplying them with much-needed educational supplements, or would just like to find out more about our programme and what it takes, please contact us at team@paperight.com or 021 671 1278.

New additions to our poster archive!

Our design team has prepared new marketing materials for the coming year.

Five new designs have been added to our poster archive for your convenience. These posters feature healthcare textbooks, children’s books, IT textbooks, teaching guides and the super-popular Manga Shakespeare series. Click here to see them.
Simply print the posters out in any size up to A1, write your own prices into the bubbles provided and display in-store. If you would like your logo to be added to any of our posters, just email us. We’re here to help you make a splash in your neighbourhood.

Designers: enter our cover art competition!

cover-art-competition_uct-poster_20131125At Paperight, we have hundreds of great classic books that we have redesigned ourselves to put in our print-on-demand library. Now we’re offering designers an opportunity to get their artwork featured on our book covers for 33 classic books.

All of the best covers will be accepted for use through Paperight and the designer’s name will be included on the book’s imprint page. The best 3 designers will receive personalised Paperight copies of the books that they designed covers for!

Choose from the following books to design for:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Frankenstein, Great Expectations, Hamlet, Heart of Darkness, Jane Eyre, Macbeth, Mansfield Park, Mhudi (Sol Plaatje), Middlemarch Vol. 1, Middlemarch Vol. 2, Middlemarch Vol. 3, Mrs Dalloway, Othello, Paradise Lost, Pride and Prejudice, Robinson Crusoe, Romeo & Juliet, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Canterbury Tales, The Great Gatsby, The Last of the Mohicans, The Republic, The Scarlet Letter, The Secret Agent, To the Lighthouse, Ulysses, Vanity Fair, Villette, Walden, Wuthering Heights

This competition falls under the awesome spirit of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, the competition is open to all.

Other terms and conditions:

  1. Entries must be emailed to team@paperight.com, as a high res .jpeg or as a PDF.

  2. Cover designs must include the name of the book and the author’s name. The designer’s name must not appear in the design.

  3. Winning designers will be asked to sign a simple, non-exclusive license agreement to use their cover design indefinitely on Paperight books and marketing.

  4. Queries should be sent to team@paperight.com, or call 021 671 1278.

  5. Competition closes on the 25th of April 2014.

  6. The winning designers will be contacted by the 9th of May 2014.

New sponsor’s and schools guides!

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Help sell your Paperight services to schools – and attract sponsors for bulk donations of books – with our new sponsor’s and schools guides. Our guides are quick-and-easy summaries of the benefits that Paperight outlets can bring, whether it’s helping schools get easier, cheaper and more immediate access to books, or helping a business spend their social-responsibility budget on a sponsorship that can make a huge difference to people’s lives.

You can find the online version for schools here and sponsors here, and the printed guides version for schools here and for sponsors here.

A new product catalogue for Paperight outlets!

This week we are proud to launch the latest tool at your disposal to use in your Paperight outlet. Outlets have asked us for an improved catalogue that they can print out and let their customers browse in-store. So, here it is!

Our colourful, easy-to-use product catalogue details some of the very best of what is available through Paperight. Split into easy browsing categories – such as teen reading, childcare, textbooks and matric exam packs – this document gives customers a convenient, immediate alternative to visiting the Paperight website. As this is a general catalogue, however, it contains no pricing information for the individual products.

For maximum effect, this catalogue should be printed in A4, in colour, bound and placed at point of sale. Download it here. If you would like a copy with your business’s branding included or want to give us feedback, please email us here.

New website how-to videos

We’re making sure that we regularly update all of the resources on our Help site to keep them as up-to-date and helpful as possible. We have just upgraded our how-to videos for using paperight.com. For Paperight veterans and newbies alike, let us show you how to do everything you need to know on the Paperight website in four easy to follow videos: registering your copy shoptopping updownloading and printing a document and changing your account settings.

Similarly, our outlet cheat sheet is a great, quick reminder of all the steps that go into downloading a Paperight document. Download it by clicking here and print it out and stick it up next to the computer you’ll be using for downloads. This way, you and your staff will always be ready when a customer asks for a book.

Book review: how we’re using GetSmarter to get better at photography!

“As children, people learn incredible things without even realising that they’re learning because, for the most part, that learning is cloaked as play. As they get older, the sand boxes and crayons and multi-coloured clay get packed away and they’re told that, in order to learn, they need to be serious.”

1048544_10152943050545481_1249675551_oA very rare and very welcome tone, being encouraged to play around while gaining valuable tips is what you get when you pick up the GetSmarter Digital Photography course manual. Created as an accompaniment to the GetSmarter Digital Photography course that is run through UCT, this manual, comprising of 10 modules, is incredibly useful to anyone who wants to learn a thing or two about the art of picture taking even if the course is not in their budget.

Take me for example. Over the last few months, I’ve been taking a manual photography course at an art college in Woodstock and I have relished every moment. From producing photograms, and developing film, to working in the dark room with enlargers, developing prints and playing around with blue and copper toners, the entire experience has been really rewarding. There is only one thing the course does not cover in enough depth: how to take a beautiful photograph.

1048869_10152943050715481_1383428797_oRather than fork out for another course, I set off to find this information elsewhere and stumbled upon the GetSmarter guys. Digital photography and manual photography may differ in their technical aspects (cameras used, photo developing techniques, photo sharing methods etc), but the same rules of artistic mastery apply in both mediums when heading out to capture an image. Knowing about the ISO and aperture necessary to capture images in different light conditions makes a phenomenal difference to the final result. Similarly, composition, despite being the least technical aspect of picture taking, is actually the hardest aspect to get right and one of the elements that has to be mastered to get that striking image.

Of the 10 modules on Digital Photography offered by GetSmarter, I found 7, 8 and 9 to be the most useful to what I was looking for. Module 7 covers the art of composition by extolling the virtues of vanishing points, leading the eye, symmetry and ‘less is more’. Module 8 covers the tricky aspects of portraiture, as well as including a great, brief history of the use of portraiture and some great classic examples of what these images look like when done correctly. And finally, module 9 covers landscape photography, which is the subject matter that I find the hardest to capture. How do you deal with peculiar light conditions and how do you capture an enormous, beautiful space without losing all of the natural contrasts and visual depth? It is easier said than done, but I’ve certainly learned a few tricks to keep in mind for future attempts.

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In addition to these, the entire manual covers everything from capturing motion in photographs, to lens advice, playing with shutter speed, experimenting with exposure times, making the most of your flash and a brilliant introduction to editing techniques using Photoshop. I learned a lot and most of all, I will continue to play until I manage to capture images the way that I want them to be. The best thing is that I am more than happy to keep trying.

– Marie-Louise, Paperight Marketing Coordinator

Attention! For R90, you can get all 10 modules from Jetline Thibault Square in Cape Town who are a Paperight registered print-on-demand bookstore. You can also get individual modules for about R25 each. Go to paperight.com.outlets or SMS +27 (0)73 724 2501 to find your nearest print-on-demand bookstore!

What a(n award-winning) week!

Arthur appreciating the Accenture Apex award trophy.

Great news: Paperight won two massive innovation awards last week. Woo!

Paperight took first place at the Frankfurt Book Fair Contec Startup Showcase in Germany last Tuesday, before we picked up the Apex award for the most innovative small company in South Africa at the Accenture Innovation Index Awards in Sandton on Thursday evening.

The Contec Startup Showcase was held as a precursor to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest and most internationally-represented publishing industry event. Paperight beat out competitors from around the world, impressing a panel of judges with both our technological innovations and our social mission.

The Accenture Innovation Index Awards was launched to promote business growth and new enterprises in aid of job creation in South Africa. The awards were open to any organisation, irrespective of industry or size, and were judged on each organisation’s innovation ecosystem – from human resources to branding, from marketing to product development. Paperight was named as the winner of the Apex award, awarded to an organisation with an annual turnover under R40 million. The winner of the Zenith award, given to an organisation with an annual turnover over R40 million, was awarded to First National Bank (FNB).

These awards come after Paperight won major publishing innovation awards in New York City and London earlier this year

So, again, a massive thank you to our partner publishers, outlets and supporters around the world. We are changing the face of publishing for the better in South Africa and abroad.

Paperight wins at CONTEC Startup Showcase at Frankfurt Book Fair!

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Paperight is thrilled to announce that we have taken first place in the Contec Frankfurt Startup Showcase, held yesterday at the 56th Frankfurt Book Fair.

Contec Frankfurt is a precursor to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest book and media fair in the world, with keynote speeches and presentations that encourage improved engagement between different sectors of the publishing community.

The Startup Showcase took up part of the proceedings at Contec, with five publishing startups from around the world chosen as finalists. After short presentations from each of the finalists, Paperight was named as the winner of the showcase, with PubCoder from Italy named as the runner-up.

“It’s incredible and humbling to be chosen as the winners of this competition,” said Paperight CEO Arthur Attwell, “especially with such stiff competition from around the world and such an esteemed panel of experts judging the value of our work.”

The win rounds off a year of success for Paperight in international publishing innovation awards, including winning Most Entrepreneurial Startup at the O’Reilly Tools of Change Startup Showcase in New York City, as well as taking first place at the Digital Minds Innovation Awards at London Book Fair, both earlier this year. Paperight is also currently one of five finalists in the Accenture Innovation Index awards in South Africa.

“We would like to thank all of our publishers, outlets and supporters from around the world in helping us bring this amazing award back to South Africa,” said Attwell. “And we would also like to extend our thanks too to the judges and attendees at Contec for believing in our vision to bring every book within walking distance of every home.”