In a press-release earlier this week, it was announced that South African online retailer Kalahari.com will be merged together with local online powerhouse, Takealot.com
Kalahari which was first formed in 1998, has been a point of call for local authors as a method of distributing their eBooks within the country for a number of years. Despite a commanding presence in the country Kalahari is considered by many to be unfriendly towards self-published authors, insisting that they are represented by a publishing house before being loaded within their online eBook store.
This obviously defeats the purpose of self-publishing and this stubborn refusal to help authors choosing the self-published route has lead to more and more authors looking to the international giant Amazon.com to further their publishing aspirations. Amazon.com has long championed the cause of the self-published author, and with the advent of it's KDP platform more and more authors are finding it an invaluable tool in marketing oneself to international (and local!) readers.