Arthur is the co-founder and director of Electric Book Works, which develops new and better ways to publish in emerging markets. He is also the founder of Paperight, an award-winning network of print-on-demand bookstores; co-founder of Bettercare, which publishes innovative course books for nurses and midwives; co-founder of Book Dash, which creates children’s books anyone can freely translate, print and distribute; and co-founder of the Digital Minds Network, a think-tank of digital-publishing experts working in developing countries. He is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow.
Arthur is the author of Designing for Digital, the EBW Knowledge Base, Encyclopaedia Britannica‘s ‘ebook‘ entry, and Killing Time, poetry written for his MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town.
He worked in educational and scholarly publishing for two multinational publishers before starting EBW in 2006. He has presented at conferences in South Africa, India, Europe and the US, and was runner-up for the British Council’s International Young Publishing Entrepreneur award in 2009.
Arthur was born in Durban in 1976, grew up in Amanzimtoti, White River, and Pretoria, and attended the University of Cape Town. He lives in Cape Town with his wife Michelle Matthews and their son Aidan.