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Toward a South African Book Development Policy

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Toward a South African Book Development Policy Literacy and reading is the lifeblood of any modern society. Reading will not only improve the level of literacy but will also contribute to personal development, socio-economic development, nation building and even social cohesion. Books remain an effective means of transmitting knowledge and recording, preserving and disseminating the cultural heritage of the South African people. It also contributes to strengthening human development and can contribute to cultural diversity. It enables participation of the various communities in present society and impacts educational progress. It is foundational to economic development. Reading is therefore an essential means for acquiring knowledge and learning. Books are essential tools and are at the root in education. Therefore, a nation’s book industry must be considered a crucial industry for national development
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