One of the problems with books are that they can be very expensive to print, but companies like South African-based Paperight is busy turning that around.

Paperight serves as a middle-man between readers and publishers by allowing readers to print out their own copies of a desired book – instead of having to buy the expensively published bound and decorated hardcover version.

Paperight has been doing something right as it now wants to expand into international territory. As an incentive for print shops and book stores to open Paperight-registered companies beyond the borders of SA, it is giving away 20 free credits to the first five print shops.

“Right now, there are over 200 Paperight-member print shops around South Africa. They’ve sold thousands of books. We’d love to see Paperight print shops in other countries, too. So, till the end of the year, we’re offering 20 free credits (worth $20) to the first five print shops that register in any new country,” Paperight explains on its website.

The credit will allow new owners of an international store to print out several copies of books before paying anything to Paperight. And just in case you were wondering, when you print a book you pay the print shop, who in turn pays Paperight to compensate the publisher.

“The books’ publishers and authors earn licence fees from legal print-outs of their books, cutting out expensive distribution and printing costs, and passing those savings on to customers. Paperight makes buying and selling books easier and, overall, more cost-effective for everyone anywhere.”

[Source – Paperight]
Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.