The Book Emperor of Johannesberg February 16, 2014 – Posted in: books, Bookselling / Collecting, Reading / Literacy

“This is my empire, my kingdom…Books are my wealth, my gift” says Philane Dladla

His kingdom is “at a U-turn sign at an intersection in Empire Road opposite Wits University, in Johannesburg.”and his mission in life is the “reading and dispensing knowledge by selling books.”

Philane Dladla emperor of books

image by Daniel Born

When a person his mom looked after died Philane inherited 500 books. He read and reviewed them all. Now he makes his way by reading what he gets and then selling what he read by providing reviews to passing motorists.

Take that Mr. Algorithm.

Story at Times Live, ‘An emperor of books’

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