A startup from Cape Town has taken the Digital Minds Innovation Award at the London Book Fair this year this past weekend. The startup, Paperight, allows books to be distributed in South Africa by letting participating copy shops print out the tomes cheaply and legally.
Paperight, which is funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation, beat out seven other short-listed candidates for the award following a presentation, winning by a popular vote.
The company counts over 1,500 books among the titles that can be printed, including a large selection of classic fiction, some children’s fiction, matric exam packs and other educational resources.
Paperight founder and CEO Arthur Attwell said “We’re incredibly honoured to have this support from the world’s leading minds in digital publishing. It shows that as publishers we’re serious about solving the real problems of book distribution, getting the knowledge we create into the hands of people everywhere, no matter where they live or how much they earn.”
Paperight has previously won a similar innovation award at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference in New York City earlier this year.
Source: Silicon Cape