Oasis or Mirage: Are there Really Opportunities for Publishers in the Middle East?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka


By Edward Nawotka

We at Publishing Perspectives have offered dozens of stories about publishing in the Middle East — which, with its population of some 300 million people, looks like a fertile market for publishers. We’ve identified several opportunities and believe the region has real potential for publishers looking to grow. Andy Smart, consultant publisher of Bloomsbury Qatar, agrees and it’s something he discusses about in our lead story today about the launch of Bloomsbury Qatar’s first list of books.

But what do you think? Are the opportunities a reality or merely a mirage? Read our report from Qatar and let us know your thoughts in the comments or via twitter using #ppdiscuss.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

Edward Nawotka is the Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. A former foreign correspondent, he has covered the book business since 2000, serving as daily news editor for Publishers Weekly and columnist for Bloomberg News.