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How to write well

You may not be consumed (yet) by the burning ambition to write the next great South African novel. Still, you need decent writing skills in order to:   Put together an email message that’s easy to understand; Compose a social media post …

Let’s talk poetry

I am not going to claim that the sale of poetry books on bidorbuy rose significantly since it was announced that the poet-singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.   However, I do want to make it known that week in, …

Summer holiday reads 2016

Four books to pack for your summer holiday.   Searching for a book to read on the beach? When the year goes by far too quickly, the last thing you want to do is spend your well-deserved break reading a book that is anything less than great. So …

Adult colouring books

They are just like colouring books for children, only more intricately designed. Sales-wise, adult colouring books performed so-so until someone had the brilliant idea of attaching to them slogans such as “your daily dose of Zen”, “de-stress and …

How to read more

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested."  Sir Francis Bacon   Books are incredible things. Unlike movies or music, which are both passive channels, reading requires active participation of …

5 great books for Christmas presents

Books are wonders in themselves. Each one holds a self-contained world with myriad experiences contained therein. While many people prefer gimmicks or gadgets for Christmas, the titles below are the perfect gift for any bookworm.   The Mountain …

Masters of horror: Novels

Literary historians will tell you that the horror story in its longer form is a relatively recent phenomenon. While there might be some truth in that assertion, it cannot be denied that the gothic novels of Radcliffe and Walpole were popular in the 1700s …

Masters of horror: Short stories

Need a good scare?   Halloween will be here soon and in the spirit of the season bidorbuy will be highlighting the best horror writers, films and video games to keep you all a'feared. This first volume will focus on the best short stories in the …

How to clean books

  There is nothing more disappointing than little critters eating away at your precious book collection. Even more disappointing is when they leave a musty smell which keeps you from enjoying your books. For a bibliophile, the above scenario is no …

5 books set in Cape Town

A novel by a Nobel laureate, a thriller, a haunting debut novel, a historical novel and a collection of poetry: check our selection of books set in Mother City.   This blog brought to you 5 books set in Joburg a while ago, tipping the scales …