Brazil

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São Paulo’s Book Fair: Brazil’s Bid for Hope in a Tough Book Market

Amid falling book production, sagging sales, low readership, and higher book prices, one of Brazil’s key publishing events opens next week, the industry looking for ways forward. In Sao Paulo’s city center. Image – iStockphoto: Filipe Frazao As the Rio Olympic Games come to a conclusion this weekend, São Paulo’s big book fair is being readied to […]

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Rio’s Tomás Pereira: Decoding Brazil’s Beleaguered Publishing Market

A translation, ‘O Código Da Vinci,’ launched the fortunes of Brazil’s Arqueiro, an imprint of Editora Sextante, whose Tomás Pereira sees sales down 20 percent from last year. The eyes of Frankfurt this year are on Brazil’s book industry, along with six other compelling world publishing regions. In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) on […]

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The Arab and Latin American Connection: A Trade Delegation Prepares

With a major Arab presence in the Latin American world, how much do the regions’ book industries trade? The UAE’s Bodour Al Qasimi leads a trade mission to Sal Paolo. In Sao Paolo’s Municipal Market. Image – iStockphoto: Felipe Frazao By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Latin America and the Arab Diaspora As our regular readers […]

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‘Expand the Number of Readers’: Brazil’s Miriam Gabbai

With economic shrinkage forecast to continue, Brazil’s publishing industry battles educational and distribution challenges: ‘We’ve had to reinvent ourselves,’ says a key player in the book business. In downtown Sao Paolo. Image – iStockphoto: Klaus Balzano In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues in the seven pivotal publishing markets of […]

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‘Promise, Energy, Surprises’: A White Paper on ‘The Markets’ 2016

Download our free white paper on the pivotal international publishing regions to be featured at Frankfurt Book Fair on October 18 in The Markets: Global Publishing Summit. A free copy of Publishing Perspectives’ white paper for Frankfurt Book Fair’s conference, The Markets: Global Publishing Forum, is available for download here. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘New […]

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Sharing Experience, Expectations: Book Fair Directors Meet in Mexico

In their biennial meeting, a dozen leaders of international book fairs gathered in Guadalajara to discuss their progress, challenges, and evolving viewpoints on the book trade. The Conference of International Book Fairs directors attending this month’s biennial meeting in Guadalajara were photographed by Josue Nando. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Trading Trends and Tactics: A Collegial Setting […]

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Michael Healy to Speak on Global Copyright Issues in NYC

By Erin L. Cox | @ErinLCox Michael Healy One of the greatest challenges in global publishing is navigating how different markets respond to copyright issues. Michael Healy, Executive Director of International Relations for Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), is one of the leading experts in these issues and will be highlighting recent legislation and challenges in the […]

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Best Translated Book Awards: Mexico’s Yuri Herrera and Brazil’s Angélica Freitas

Funded by the Amazon Literary Partnership, the Best Translated Book Award gives $5,000 to each winning author and translator, and is administered by Chad W. Post of the literary site Three Percent and Open Letter, a nonprofit literary press. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Fiction and Poetry, a Longlist of 35, Shortlist of 16 The […]

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Snapshots of Seven Vibrant Publishing Markets: Frankfurt Book Fair

On October 18, The Markets: Global Publishing Summit will showcase seven publishing regions you can’t afford to ignore. Here we offer brief glimpses into each of these markets. The Markets: Global Publishing Summit debuted in 2015 at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Image: Bernd Hartung / Frankfurter Buchmesse) By Erin L. Cox | @erinlcox Brazil For the […]

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Series of Brazil Books Expanded by New London Librarium

With funding from the National Library of Brazil, a small publisher announces more titles in its series of books on Brazilian culture and issues. The post Series of Brazil Books Expanded by New London Librarium appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Consumer Confidence: A Recessionary State of Mind

Nielsen sees 55 percent of those surveyed on global consumer confidence saying that in the fourth quarter of 2015, they believed the were in recession. The post Consumer Confidence: A Recessionary State of Mind appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Flanders & the Netherlands

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‘The Markets’ Announced for 2016’s Global Summit at Frankfurt Book Fair

Issuing a call for papers, Frankfurt Book Fair and Publishing Perspectives announce the seven-nation focus for ‘The Markets’ 2016. Regions highlighted include Southeast Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. At Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets event in 2015. Image: Bernd Hartung By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Following the success of the The Markets: Global Publishing […]

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Philippines

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‘Draw That Roadmap to the World’: The Philippines’ Karina Bolasco

‘Our publishing industry is complex and vibrant,’ says the Director of the Ateneo de Manila University Press. Karina Bolasco speaks on October 18 as The Philippines’ analyst in Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit. Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Image – iStockphoto: Simon Podgorsek We begin a new series of insight articles today, in […]

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Flirting With New Readers in The Philippines: Wattpad Presents

The Wattpad Presents partnership with TV5 Manila dramatizes Wattpad stories for avid fans. By Porter Anderson | @Porter_AndersonEditor-in-Chief In The Philippines, Wattpad is known as much more than a huge online reading and writing community. Its arm called Wattpad Presents generates content for film and television productions. Announced in September 2014, the partnership sees TV5 Manila dramatize popular stories […]

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Poland

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‘A True Value Defends Itself’: Poland’s Jadwiga Jędryas

Determinedly offbeat, the Polish children’s publisher Dwie Siostry—created by three, not two, associates—embodies both the spirit of its market’s potential and the struggle of its economy’s realities.   A double-page spread from ‘Gabryś, nie kapryś!’ “for wayward children” shows some of the work for Warsaw publisher Dwie Siostry by author Woroszylski and illustrator Henryk Tomaszewski—for ages […]

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‘Daring To Speak Too Freely’: Poland’s Sonia Draga

‘Only certain aspects of Polish culture’ are supported by the government, says Katowice-based publisher Sonia Draga in her The Markets interview: ‘I am a careful observer.’ In Katowice. Image – iStockphoto: MN 12 In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues in the seven pivotal publishing markets of Frankfurt […]

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‘Bookstores Struggle To Survive’: Poland’s Magdalena Dębowska

Representing translation rights for contemporary Polish literature and co-owning a publishing house, Magdalena Dębowska worries that Polish readership ‘is at an historic low.’ Images from Polishrights.com In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues in the seven pivotal publishing markets of Frankfurt Book Fair’s conference, we hear now from […]

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Warsaw’s Publishers Mount Their Own Bookstore Chain in Poland

Answering the dominance of two bookstore chains’ 400+ locations, Polish publishers create BookBook, their own chain, banking on ‘the unique atmosphere of our bookstores.’ A new BookBook location in Cieszyn. Image: Kazimierz Branny By Jaroslaw Adamowksi | @JaroslawAdamows Six Key Polish Publishers Pool Their Resources In a bid to challenge major chains that have dominated the country’s […]

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‘A Unique Market in Europe’: Poland’s Marcin Skrabka

A study in contrasts, Poland’s market is quick to respond to technology even while losing readership. Consultant Marcin Skrabka sees opportunity amid the challenges. Warsaw’s business district. Image – iStockphoto: Lena Serditova In our continuing series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues in the seven pivotal publishing markets of Frankfurt Book […]

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‘To Solve This Engagement Problem’: Lessons from Poland’s Multimedia

In looking at ‘how well the book can get along’ with its new multimedia neighbors, gamemakers say ‘a book is simply one of the requirements’ of good, engrossing storytelling. From the landing page of the Olive Green, olivegreenthemovie.com Christopher Kenneally, host of Copyright Clearance Center’s Beyond the Book podcast series, speaks with two multimedia specialists from Poland […]

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At BEA: Poland’s Publishing Industry Is the Market Focus in Chicago

Opportunities and challenges in Poland’s publishing market are under discussion this week at BookExpo America. Recently: a decision against fixed pricing. Information presented at BEA makes comparisons of publishing market values for 2013, as specialists report that Poland has suffered a significant decline in readership amid competition from new media. Image provided by Włodzimierz Albin. […]

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Asia, North and South America, Africa, Europe Featured in London Book Fair’s Excellence Awards

France, Australia, US, China, Sudan, Brazil, Poland, New Zealand and more factor into the honors: New Bookstore of the Year category a popular favorite. The post Asia, North and South America, Africa, Europe Featured in London Book Fair’s Excellence Awards appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Denmark’s Egmont ČR Acquired by Czech Children’s Publisher Albatros

Solidifying its hold on the Czech children’s book market, Albatros Media acquires Danish consortium Egmont’s Czech operation. The post Denmark’s Egmont ČR Acquired by Czech Children’s Publisher Albatros appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Polish Publishers, Politicians Struggle With Textbook Policies

The earlier government’s free textbook mandate is cited for closures of a number of Polish publishers. A plan for e-textbooks remains in question. The post Polish Publishers, Politicians Struggle With Textbook Policies appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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A Busy Year for Polish Publishing: BEA, FBM, LBF

Polish publishing is featured in The Markets Global Summit at Frankfurt Book Fair 2016, the Market Forum at BEA 2016, and LBF’s Market Focus in 2017. The post A Busy Year for Polish Publishing: BEA, FBM, LBF appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Spain

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Blanca Rosa Roca: An Independent Publisher in Spain’s Recovery

‘It seems unlikely that the industry can make up for the 40 percent that has been lost,’ but Blanca Rosa Roca counts herself a survivor in a recession-ravaged marketplace. Last April in Las Ramblas, Barcelona: Saint George’s Day is when men give roses to women, and women give books to men. Image – iStockphoto: Jordi […]

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A Pre-Sales Record in India, an Unreadable Book in Spain

New book, old book: A quick-selling contemporary Indian book and a long-baffling ancient codex are in the news this week in international industry channels. By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2 At Amazon India: Record-Breaking Pre-Sales A new record in India: the English-language daily broadsheet DNA India carries a report that author Chetan Bhagat‘s novel, One Indian Girl, has become […]

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Telling ’21st-Century Stories’: Spain’s Javier Celaya

‘There is good news’ from the publishing sector in Spain, says The Markets’ visionary speaker Javier Celaya of Dosdoce.com. And it’s ‘radically transforming the cultural sector.’ Javier Celaya In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues in the seven pivotal publishing markets of Frankfurt Book Fair’s conference, we hear now […]

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‘Habits of Culture’ and the Digital Dynamic: Spain’s José Manuel Anta

The impact of digital, the population’s loss of ‘cultural habits’ that support reading, and challenges to the supply chain: Madrid’s José Manuel Anta on the Spanish publishing market’s challenges. On Madrid’s Calle Preciados. Image – iStockphoto: Lord Kuernyus In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues in the seven pivotal […]

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‘Growth Is My Biggest Concern’: Spanish Publisher Luis Solano

‘We need to work harder and customize our publishing offers in Latin America,’ says Barcelona-based independent publisher Luis Solano. Spain’s publishing market’s challenges, he says, include piracy and a need for new readership. On Barcelona’s Carrer de Ferran. Image – iStockphoto: tupungato In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues […]

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Spain’s Publishers Take Stock of Their Industry’s Health

The Spanish book business took a hard hit in the 2008 financial crisis. Observers say they look to October’s book fair at Barcelona to boost a growing recovery. Barcelona’s Book Fair, Liber 16, is set for October 12-14. Image – iStockphoto: Leonid Andronov Spain is one of seven publishing regions highlighted by this year’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit […]

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Richard Ford Wins Spain’s Princess of Asturias Prize for Literature

‘To have readers in Spain has always been a great and generous gift to me,’ says Richard Ford in a statement released on the news of his Princess of Asturias award. From the 2014 ceremony. Image: Princess of Asturias Foundation It’s a season of significant awards for writers’ bodies of work. We wrote recently of […]

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Madrid Named Guest City of Honor at Guadalajara 2017

Spain’s capital city will be the special guest at the world’s largest Spanish-language book fair next year in Guadalajara, the first time since 2009 a city has been granted the honor. FIL President Raúl Padilla López is pictured with Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena Castrillo, center, and FIL Director Marisol Shulz Manaut. By Adam Critchley | […]

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Spanish and Mexican Bookselling: Madrid’s Day of Debate

With 42 percent of Spain’s population reporting to surveys that they’re not reading books, last week’s symposium in Madrid about bookselling had an extra edge of urgency. The audience for last week’s symposium at the European Institute of Design in Madrid. Image: Valentina Morotti My new hero may be Mexico’s Manuel Dávila, who in last Thursday’s […]

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World Publishing, Its Literary Centers, and the Channels Between

Familiar centers for one literary language or another, writes English PEN’s Erica Jarnes, various capitals become de facto hubs for ‘world literatures.’ How appropriate is that? At Venice’s National Library of St. Mark. Image – iStockphoto: Panama7 By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2 ‘About 1% of literature published in the UK’ Began in French At English PEN — which had […]

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Will Ebooks Ever Circulate Freely in Europe?

Joaquín Rodríguez shares his views on ebook accessibility, standards and interoperability within the frame of the European single digital market. The post Will Ebooks Ever Circulate Freely in Europe? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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UK

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UK’s Publishers Association Reports on Journals in China

China ‘is funding 20 new English-language journals a year,’ according to the UK’s Publishing Association report out this week. At the same time, concern is expressed about ‘ideological control.’ By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘Likely to Overtake America’ With the Beijing International Book Fair in session through Sunday (August 28), the UK’s Publishers Association (PA) […]

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Bloomsbury’s Liza Thompson on Philosophy’s Audiences: ‘Very Different Animals’

‘Readers want to feel like they’re collaborating in some way,’ according to editor Liza Thompson, who was drawn to publishing by ‘the process of creating something powerful or beautiful or fascinating.’ Liza Thompson The Rising Stars program is a project conceived and run by The Bookseller in association with Frankfurt Book Fair. It recognizes emerging leadership in the UK publishing industry. […]

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Translator Becomes Publisher: Deborah Smith and Tilted Axis Press

‘Publishing’s inherent conservatism,’ says translator and now publisher Deborah Smith, has helped prompt her to start her own company, Tilted Axis Press. Deborah Smith, left, and Han Kang. Image: Man Booker International Prize By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2 ‘To Publish Under-Represented Writing’ As a translator, Deborah Smith shared this year’s Man Booker International Prize with author […]

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Translator Becomes Publisher: Deborah Smith and Tilted Axis Press

‘Publishing’s inherent conservatism,’ says translator and now publisher Deborah Smith, has helped prompt her to start her own company, Tilted Axis Press. Deborah Smith, left, and Han Kang. Image: Man Booker International Prize By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2 ‘To Publish Under-Represented Writing’ As a translator, Deborah Smith shared this year’s Man Booker International Prize with author […]

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‘Credit the Artist Who Created That Artwork’: Rising Star Sarah McIntyre

‘Your thoughtlessness may seem trivial to you,’ says Sarah McIntyre to publishers, but ‘your illustrator’s goodwill and enthusiasm are one of the most powerful weapons in your arsenal.’ Sarah McIntyre by Sarah McIntyre The Rising Stars program is a project conceived and run by The Bookseller in association with Frankfurt Book Fair. It recognizes emerging leadership in […]

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International Industry Notes: Shopping at Nielsen, Wiley’s Purchase

In the UK, Nielsen’s ISBN program has stepped into the digital age with what it describes as sure-footed grace. In the US, an internationallky placed STM content platform is bought by a customer. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson The Modern ISBN Emporium The former head of Nielsen UK’s ISBN program, Simon Skinner, used to describe the […]

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‘Quality Is Worth Paying For’: Rising Star Toby Marshall

Warning of ‘an inevitable cheapening of the final product,’ DK Senior Product Developer Toby Marshall calls on publishers to think about ‘how this challenge evolves.’ Toby Marshall The Rising Stars program, now in its sixth year, is a project conceived and run by The Bookseller in association with Frankfurt Book Fair. It recognizes emerging leadership in the UK […]

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International Industry Notes: A PEN Revival and a Branding Boost for Open Road

PEN’s ‘welcome counterbalance to rampant xenophobia’ and a new look for future developments at Open Road Integrated Media. A new logo for Open Road Integrated Media ‘unites all of the company’s consumer brands under one modern mark.’ By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson When Is an ‘I’ Like a Slash? “Creating a brand requires careful consideration […]

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‘Who Will My Colleagues Be?’ Rising Star Leena Normington

Publishers need to become ‘genuine members of reading communities themselves,’ says Leena Normington, recently of Pan Macmillan’s ‘Book Break’ channel. Leeena Normington in an April ‘Book Break’ video from Pan Macmillan titled ‘What Career Should I Choose?’ The Rising Stars program, now in its sixth year, is a project of The Bookseller and Frankfurt Book […]

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Rising Star Nikesh Shukla: ‘Be The Change as Well as Shout About It’

‘The pressure on books and the industry is huge,’ says author-campaigner Nikesh Shukla, a rising star in diversity awareness. ‘Once they can get wi-fi on all public transport, that’s probably it for books.’ The post Rising Star Nikesh Shukla: ‘Be The Change as Well as Shout About It’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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International Publishing Notes: Canada, Turkey, UK, USA

Quick updates: an outreach from one nation’s publishers to another’s, and a newly announced plan for expansion by a European publisher in the States. From the Bonnier Publishing team page By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Canada’s Publishers Condemn Turkish Media Closures In Toronto, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) has issued a statement, criticizing the […]

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United Arab Emirates

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‘Practical, Technical, and Philosophical’ Issues: Sharjah’s Ahmed Al Ameri

Aiming to create ‘a bridge between Arab cultures and with the rest of the world,’ Ahmed Al Ameri talks of his leadership of Sharjah Book Authority and his goals for Sharjah Publishing City. At Al Qasba in Sharjah. Image – iStockphoto: Hazimsn In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to […]

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‘The First Free Zone For Publishing’: The UAE’s Bodour

Nothing may sound better to publishers than the phrase ‘larger global markets for publishing,’ which Sharjah Publishing City is being developed to create. Bodour Al Qasimi speaks on October 18 as the UAE’s visionary in Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit. Sharjah’s Jubail Market. Image – iStockphoto: Mariemlulu In our continuing series with specialists […]

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‘Standing Firm’: Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo on Bookselling Amid Challenges

‘Heavy discounting will destroy market order, and idiotic populism will come to reign,’ says Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo, whose Tokyo base aggressively supports English and other-language work. From the corporation’s international site, Books Kinokuniya in the World When we last heard from Hiroshi Sogo of Kinokuniya in 2014, the Tokyo-based company was expanding its international base […]

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New UK-UAE Partnership: Bloomsbury and Kalimat in Translation Exchange

Both cultural exchange and commercial market presence are expected by Kalimat and Bloomsbury’s executives in an Arabic-English translation agreement. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Exchange Opens With 10 Titles From Each Publisher Close on the heels of last month’s announcement of a cooperative venture between the UK’s Quarto andthe UAE’s Kalimat, another program—this time between Kalimat and […]

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The IPA, the Arab World, and ‘Building Dialogue’: Bodour on the Controversy

In a Publishing Perspectives exclusive, Bodour Al Qasimi reacts to the International Publishers Association’s recent membership controversy and looks at the Arab world’s industry in globalization. Bodour Al Quasimi and Rüdiger Wischenbart speak in an onstage ‘fireside chat’ during Berlin’s Publishers’ Forum. Image: Sven Serkis By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘We Are Partly Responsible’ At Publishers’ Forum in […]

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Amin Maalouf Takes Top Honor at 10th Sheikh Zayed Book Award

At the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, world-renowned novelist Amin Maalouf was awarded as Cultural Personality of the Year by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. The post Amin Maalouf Takes Top Honor at 10th Sheikh Zayed Book Award appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Sharjah Publishing City: A Free Zone ‘For the World’

The Sharjah Book Authority announces more information about the soon-to-launch ‘publishing free zone’ and its tax-free incentives for book publishers. The post Sharjah Publishing City: A Free Zone ‘For the World’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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The UAE’s Sharjah Book Authority Launches a ‘Virtual Reality Book’

Embracing young people’s pleasure in technology, the Sharjah leadership experiments with a VR presentation of literature for children, based on the the life of the UAE’s founder. The post The UAE’s Sharjah Book Authority Launches a ‘Virtual Reality Book’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Novel of Palestinian Life by Rabai al-Madhoun Wins Arabic Fiction Prize

The ninth iteration of the prize carries a US$50,000 purse and honors the 70-year-old Palestinian-born writer who lives in London. The post Novel of Palestinian Life by Rabai al-Madhoun Wins Arabic Fiction Prize appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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At Abu Dhabi Book Fair: A Few Words With Nigeria’s Richard Ali

At the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Nigeria’s Richard Ali talks about the multilingual hurdles faced by those working in publishing in Africa. The post At Abu Dhabi Book Fair: A Few Words With Nigeria’s Richard Ali appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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