Opinion: Are we writing books people want to read?

National Book Week kicks off on September 4 with the aim to promote reading as a critical part of South African development.

The reading campaign has been driven by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in partnership with the Department Of Arts and Culture.

According to the SABDC only 14% of the population are committed readers. This number has not changed over the last decade.

Standing in for Xolani Gwala, 702 Drive Time host, Bongani Bingwa asks if in fact books are affordable and if we are writing books that people want to read.

One of the interesting things is how the issue of reading is usually framed in South Africa, if you look at the fact that the average book at some of the fancier outlets could cost upwards of a R 100, is it something that you would consider a priority when you do not have enough bread?

Bongani Bingwa, 702 Drive Time host

Instead of blaming the public for not reading, we have to ask the question, are we writing the books people want to read?

Bongani Bingwa, 702 Drive Time host

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