Parkview Press

Established in 2005 by journalist and author Peter Delmar, Parkview Press published its first title, The N3 Book, in 2006.

The N3 Book

The book, containing hundreds of meticulously researched factual stories and anecdotes, covers the busy N3 highway between Gauteng and Durban. Its formula of telling stories relating to particular points on the route – especially "in the middle of nowhere" – proved a huge hit with armchair readers, motorists and tourists. Almost 10,000 copies of The N3 Book were sold, establishing The N3 Book as the benchmark for in-depth, well-researched, compelling South African travel content.

Peter subsequently wrote, and Parkview Press published, The N4 Book, The Johannesburg Explorer Book and, most recently, The Platinum Road (the latter sponsored by Bakwena N1N4 toll).

The N4 Book

In 2014 Parkview Press turned content from the Platinum Road into a free audio location-based app for smartphones and tablets which magically tells stories as motorists’ devices approach particular points on the N4 between Pretoria and Lobatse, Botswana. Downloaded and enjoyed thousands of times, the Platinum Road app is available free of charge in the iOS, Android and Windows app stores.

Encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Platinum Road app, in 2016 Peter released the Magaliesberg app and the N3 app, both featuring in-depth location-triggered storytelling and travel and tourism information. The new apps are narrated by hip-hop star and TV presenter ProVerb and TV personality Ashley Hayden.

Deadline

All three apps are supported by a website, www.travelapps.co.za. Additional audio apps are currently being developed.

In 2012 Parkview Press published, via the Amazon kindle and Apple ibookstore platforms, Dead Line, an e-book novel set in early 20th century California against the backdrop of intense industrial upheaval, by Paul Cockburn.