Driven by ‘a responsibility to encourage children to want to read and learn,’ Badr Ward and his Lamsa team offer a multimedia app for Arabic-language kids and parents.
A platform on which children’s can borrow and read ebooks, BookBites integrates visual elements and tracking tools to encourage reading and book discovery.
‘To provide students with critical, analytical and logical skills,’ Mozambique’s education minister says that his revamped approach for the country provides a unified catalog of textbooks.
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, are losing their readership.
The Portuguese translation of The Da Vinci Code launched the fortunes of Brazilian publisher Arqueiro. Tomás Pereira now sees sales down 20% from 2015.
In her appraisal of The Philippines’ book industry challenges, Manila-based literary agent Andrea Pasion-Flores talks of the disparities of retail access to books in various parts of the country.
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.
‘It’s where big ideas take off,’ says the Amazon Inspire slogan. Here publishing experts react to this new marketplace for free educational content.
‘The world of publishing has evolved one small step and then stopped,’ says a digital entrepreneur, one of three whose Israeli startup is collaborating with the venerable Oxford University Press.
A study in contrasts, Poland’s market is quick to respond to technology even while losing readership. Consultant Marcin Skrabka—who speaks on October 18 as Poland’s visionary in Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit—sees opportunity amid the challenges.