About

Arthur Attwell, photo by Adam Letch for Ndalo MediaArthur is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and founder of Paperight, a growing network of print-on-demand bookstores built from ordinary copy shops.

Before Paperight, he co-founded Electric Book Works, developing and incubating new and better ways to publish in emerging markets. There he started Bettercare, which publishes self-managed course books for nurses and midwives. He’s a co-founder of the Digital Minds Network, a group of digital-publishing experts working in developing countries.

Arthur is the author of Designing for Digital, the EBW Knowledge Base, Encyclopaedia Britannica‘s ‘ebook‘ entry, and Killing Time, a small volume of poetry that some people liked.

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. He won ‘Most Entrepreneurial Startup’ with Paperight at O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing in New York in 2013.

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.

For a professional resumé, see Arthur’s LinkedIn profile. You’ll also find him on Twitter and Google+.