Diversity of Another Kind: The UAE and Brazil Explore Trade

When does looking outward answer internal struggles? When, as Emirati publisher Bodour Al Qasimi says, trade diversification answers a local crisis. Livraria Cultura: the flagship store’s interior at São Paulo, the Brazilian bookstore chain’s home city. Image: Emirates Publishers Association Diversification in Trade: ‘Mission Possible’ Ahead of the October 18 conference The Markets: Global Publishing […]

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Tokyo Art Book Fair This Week: Works ‘Lovingly Crafted’

Art book lovers head for the Tokyo Art Book Fair, which has a new award program from Germany’s Steidl Verlag, plus a Brazilian partnership. Catalogue collections from Blum & Poe, MIMOCA, and Curators are part of this year’s Tokyo Art Book Fair. Image: TABF site By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2 New Award Shortlist Draws From […]

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Arab Trade Delgation Reflects on the Latin American Market

On their first trade mission to Brazil, a United Arab Emirates publishing group found strong interest from Latin American colleagues in Arabic-Portuguese rights deals and translation. At São Paulo Biennial Book Fair in August. Image: Internacional Bienal do livro By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘To Explore Rights Deals’ When Publishing Perspectives spoke earlier this summer […]

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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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Flanders & the Netherlands


International Industry Notes: Frankfurt’s Guest of Honor Kickoff, PEN America’s ‘M Word’

In September, kickoffs will occur for a new PEN America showcase of writers on Muslim identity, and for Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2016 Guest of Honor Flanders and The Netherlands. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘Stories From Countries Around the World’ With it’s theme of “This Is What We Share” (Dit is wat we delen), Frankfurt Book […]

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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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‘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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Author Response Lukewarm to Poland’s New Library Lending Fee Program

Presented as an effort to collect copyright revenue from public library loans for writers and other workers in literature, Poland’s new program finds a slow uptake among authors. Image – iStockphoto: SutiChak By Jaroslaw Adamowksi | @JaroslawAdamows Only Some 2,300 Authors Have Registered To increase state support to local authors and publishers, Poland has launched its […]

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Jakub Orczyk: Are Publishers Failing Poland’s Digital Readership?

Poland’s K-12 schools are “the most obsolete places” in which youngsters spend their time, says Jakub Orczyk. And too many Polish publishers, he says, have missed their digital chance. Image from site In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will tackle issues in the seven pivotal publishing markets of Frankfurt Book Fair’s conference, we […]

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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 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, 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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Barcelona’s Daniel Fernández: Protecting the Essence of Publishing

As he contemplates speaking on October 18 at Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets conference, Spain’s Daniel Fernández talks of struggles in cultural shifts, copyright, and piracy. Daniel Fernández In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will tackle issues in the seven pivotal publishing markets of Frankfurt Book Fair’s and Publishing Perspectives’ conference, we hear […]

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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 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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Publisher Janet Garton on Norvik Press’ Three Decades of Translation

‘Publishers weren’t interested in translations from Nordic literature or studies from Nordic writers,’ says Garton, so she and James MacFarlane created Norvik. By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2 ‘Some Wonderful Translators Involved’ At the Swedish Book Review, Janet Garton talks about independent publishing house Norvik Press‘ 30 years in business. Garton is professor emeritus of Scandinavian studies at […]

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Hay Festival’s Peter Florence: ‘A Huge Canvas To Work On’

As Hay Festival Segovia opens, Hay founding director Peter Florence talks about the festival’s global appeal, and about literature as “the most dissenting art form.” Peter Florence: Image: Hay Festival By Adam Critchley ‘Writers Destabilize, They’re Provocative’ Having started as an annual gathering of writers and intellectuals under canvas tents on the England-Wales border, the Hay […]

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Call for Nominations: FutureBook’s Digital Achiever of the Year

The winners in this year’s Bookseller FutureBook Awards will be announced December 2 at the conference. Frankfurt Book Fair again is sponsoring this special honor for digital achievement. Image: Frankfurter Buchmesse By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Nomination Deadline is October 13 On Monday, Frankfurt Book Fair has announced its renewed sponsorship of The Bookseller’s FutureBook […]

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First English Translation of a Kurdish Novel To Be Published

Talking of the ‘importance of literary translations in promoting Kurdish culture beyond the clichés,’ author and translator await the end of a long journey to publication. Author Bakhtyar Ali and the cover art for his ‘I Stared at the Night of the City’ in the original and English editions By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2 Beyond […]

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Gardners’ Bob Jackson: ‘To Identify New Retailers’

Leading a team that ‘works hard to simplify and enhance the supply chain,’ Gardners’ Bob Jackson prepares for Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets: ‘online and on the high street.’ Gardners’ fulfillment center sorting machinery can process more than 100,000 items daily. Image: Gardners video In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will […]

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UK’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist of Six Titles Is Announced

The Man Booker Prize shortlist is out today (September 13). In October, Frankfurt Book Fair will have three events in recognition of the prize’s international influence. The six shortlisted titles of the 2016 Man Booker Prize. The winner is to be announced October 25. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Three of Six From Independent Publishers The […]

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The Man Booker Prize Gets a Triple Highlight at Frankfurt Book Fair

Six days before the announcement of the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize, Frankfurt Book Fair will have three events in recognition of its international influence. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘No Better Forum’ Tuesday’s (September 13) upcoming announcement of the UK’s Man Booker Prize shortlist is proceeded today by the news that the award […]

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International Ed-Tech, Publishing, and Investment: An Emerging Accelerator

With investments from China’s Qtone and Oxford University Press, ed-tech accelerator Emerge Education is engaging with ‘the old school together with the new school.’ Image – iStockphoto: Wavebreak Media California-based Outsell estimates that in 2015, the global worth of the ed-tech sector rose to US2.98 billion. You glimpse the level of competitive churn in the field when you learn that Jan […]

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Translating Japanese Literature: Powell and Kawakami

Author Hiromi Kawakami and translator Allison Markin Powell are linked by literature, as Powell opens a new database of Japanese-to-English work. Two of the Hiromi Kawakami titles that Allison Markin Powell has translated ‘The Syntax Is So Different From English’ As part of English PEN’s “PEN Atlas” series, Tasja Dorkofikis speaks with author Hiromi Kawakami and translator […]

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Cooking Up ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’ in Publishing: Meze’s Phil Turner

‘I’m not afraid to ask questions,’ says Meze Publishing’s Phil Turner, whose line of pre-sold cookbooks has found traction in the aisles of Waterstones and other UK bookstores. Phil Turner: ‘It seems there’s an accepted way of doing things that doesn’t work for a lot of publishers.’ The Rising Stars program is a project conceived […]

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Álvaro Enrigue Welcomes a ‘Globalization of Latin American Writers’

New international attention is buoying translation, according to Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue, as publishers seek out works that respond to ‘a change in perspective among readers.’ Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue speaks at Hay Festival Querétaro. Image: Provided by the festival As we reported, the Mexican edition of the Hay Festival was moved this year to the city of […]

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United Arab Emirates


Translation: Bodour Al Qasimi on a ‘New Impetus for Arab Publishing’

‘A culture without translation is a culture without windows,’ the UAE’s Bodour says. ‘This is a direct reflection of the challenges we face.’ Image – iStockphoto: Styf22 Scheherazade and ‘Global Fable’ As many international observers are saying in the run up to Frankfurt Book Fair, translation appears to be rising in the world industry. We see […]

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Embracing Technology and Arabic Culture, Lamsa App Gets Kids Reading

Driven by ‘a responsibility to encourage children to read and learn,’ Badr Ward and his Lamsa team offer a multimedia app for Arabic-language kids and parents. To ‘nurture and improve a child’s nature.’ Badr Ward of Lamsa In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will tackle issues in the seven pivotal publishing markets […]

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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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