The first day of the Digital Technologies Summit proved to already be a great success. Chairperson, Jane Molony, and the Department of Arts and Culture first welcomed all the guests to the summit whereafter everyone eagerly attended the rest of the talks that the day had to offer.
Elitha van der Sandt, Chief Executive Officer at SABDC, presented a very interesting and critical discussion on the role of publishing and book development in South Africa in general. Digital publisher and Digital Sector Council member, Malcolm Seegers, on the other hand, focussed more narrowly on the topic of digital publishing in South Africa.
The issue on how to get the youth of South Africa reading was also raised. Mignon Hardie, FunDza Trust’s manager, introduced FunDza’s approach of allowing youth to access literature via their mobile phones.
Session 2 of the summit focused on publishing. Naturally, the difference between digital publishing and electronic publishing was discussed, as well as other relevant topics such as the challenges that digital publishing faces with regards to copyright.