Sales Executive wanted

Printing with Paperight at Minuteman PressAt Paperight, we’re revolutionising the way books are distributed, slashing prices and eliminating delays for high schools and university students especially.

We need a sales go-getter on our team. You’ll help organisations (like schools, non-profits and businesses) buy books in bulk from our network. You’ll save them thousands of rands, and make a difference in the world at the same time.

We want to know about you if:

  • you’re great with people
  • you can chase a lead and close a deal (you have real experience making large sales)
  • you want to change the world.

This is a full-time, fixed-term contract position with a basic plus commission. You’ll be on the road a lot, working from our office in Claremont, Cape Town.

How to apply

Send a covering letter (as an email) to team@paperight.com. In your letter, tell us about you and why you want to join us. Attach a CV or include a link to an online resumé (e.g. a full LinkedIn profile).

Remember: we are much more interested in the cover letter, so make it count. Be yourself, be passionate, don’t make spelling mistakes, and show that you’ve researched our company! In other words, only apply if you really want to work with us.

We’ll then have a phone conversation with people we think may be a good fit.

There is no closing date. So apply before someone else does! We’ll update this post to say when the position is filled.

This post has been edited from its original version to reflect our current needs.

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!

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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.”

Paperight makes the perfect partner for teachers

Being a teacher is hard work. Teaching is incredibly rewarding, but with the long hours, the piles of marking and the shared stress of exams, teachers can do with a little extra help. Luckily, we have loads of great guides and teachers resources on Paperight to complement our host of amazing titles for high school and varsity students.

http://www.paperight.com/search?q=saideTeachers guides from SAIDE

The South African Institute for Distance Education have been making brilliant teachers’ manuals for decades. Books like Creating a Caring School and Using Media show what it takes to be a great primary and high school teacher, as well as being helpful teaching aids. Help teachers make the best of the time with their students – click here to see the complete list of books from SAIDE on Paperight.

The 53 Ways Series

The 53 Ways series by the Professional and Higher Learning Partnership is for all teachers: primary school teachers, high school teachers and even university lecturers! 53 Ways to Deal with Large Classes offers practical solutions to combat unruliness and confusion in big classes. 53 Interesting Ways of Helping your Students to Study has something to help any teacher give their student the push they need to make the grade. Check out all of PHLP’s great books, including the also-excellent Teaching Creative Writing, here.

Cambridge University Press Mathematics Dictionaries
Mathematics can be a complicated enough subject to grasp without the difficulty of crossing language barriers. With Cambridge University Press’ mathematics dictionaries, in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, teachers in these languages have a valuable tool at their disposal to explain tricky theories to their senior primary and high school students in an easy and enjoyable way.
Big Bug Books
The first few years of a child’s life are their most important, and laying the foundation for an life of education is one of the biggest jobs a teacher can face. Big Bug Books are fantastic tools for early learning. This series offers entertaining stories for young readers, as well as teaching guides that offer tips on how to get the most learning out of each story from your children.
Many schools around South Africa are suffering from a lack of good learning and teaching guides. Want to help us identify a school that could benefit from a donation of books? Would you like to sponsor one? Let us know.

 

Varsity matters!

What’s available on Paperight for university and varsity students? Well, quite a lot in fact! Although we may be focusing on matric students in the run-up to their exams, our online library also contains dozens of useful titles for varsity and self-studying students alike. Here’s a quick round up of some of the best that Paperight has to offer.

Now What? A Guide to Studying with Unisa

With upwards of 300 000 students, Unisa is the largest university in Africa, and one of the biggest distance-learning institutions in the world. Its resources are great, but distance-learning can still be difficult! So we put together Now What?. Now What? sets out to answer all those niggling questions about how to make the most of a degree through Unisa, including sections on degree planning, time management, joining a study group, keeping motivated, dealing with stress, understanding exam questions, and finding and managing funding.

Textbooks from O’Reilly Media

O’Reilly’s Media’s technology textbooks are world-famous – among the most prescribed textbooks for computer science classes worldwide. O’Reilly has partnered with Paperight to bring better access to technology learning resources throughout South Africa, and you can see the full list of their titles here.

GetSmarter

GetSmarter partners up with prestigious universities to offer a variety of great online courses and education solutions. With nearly 130 titles to choose from, students and those interested in self study can study further on a host of different topics through Paperight. Choose from marketing, digital photography, business economics, event management, personal finance and many more! To see the complete list of GetSmarter titles, click here.

(And keep a look out – we’re making our way way through some of these fantastic titles ourselves to review them for your convenience.)

College Campus

Independent South African tertiary institute, College Campus, distributes course material for over 100 courses and modules through Paperight’s print-on-demand network. In addition to their Bachelor’s degrees in IT, Business Administration and Commerce, College Campus offers courses and certificates in sales and marketing, web development, database management, and dozens of other fields. These titles are invaluable to students at College Campus’ two main locations in Gauteng, as well as self-studiers. To see the complete list of College Campus titles, click here.

Let’s Talk Varsity/ Uniwrsityt: Wat jy moet weet

Heading off to varsity can be daunting. Despite the growing number of varsity students every year, there are not many guides to help these school leavers make the big decisions that tertiary education brings. Let’s Talk Varsity offers expert advice on issues ranging from academic choices to dealing with finances and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. With more than half of all university students never completing their degree, this book provides a valuable guide, right through to the graduation ceremony and beyond (and shows students how to have fun along the way). This title also comes in Afrikaans: Uniwrsityt: Wat jy moet weet

 

 

Blitsdruk George brings exam success to Imizamo Yethu High School!

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A Paperight outlet has made a great commitment to improving matric success in their community.

Blitsdruk George teamed up with Paperight earlier this month to equip Imizamo Yethu High School with invaluable matric study resources, ensuring that the school’s learners have the best chance of passing the most important exams of their lives so far!

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Imizamo Yethu was selected based on the school’s massive improvement to their matric pass rate, from 27% in 2011 to 82% in 2012. Together, Blitsdruk and Paperight hope that these aids will enable to school to sustain their success, and improve even further. (Here is a link to a story from the George Herald about the school’s improvements: http://www.georgeherald.com/news.aspx?id=19107)

Blitsdruk George has sponsored R10 000 towards purchasing the licenses for Maths and Maths Literacy past matric exam papers, as well as Learn Xtra study guides for these two subjects, to give to matric students of Imizamo Yethu High School. In addition, Blitsdruk has also sponsored the cost of printing the 795 titles for the school.

With this partnership, the learners at Imizamo Yethu have an even better chance of achieving their matric ambitions. If you are would like to get involved by adopting a school and 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.