When ‘an increasingly globalized and educated population’ demands more, ‘publishers are faced with the challenge of redefining an industry,’ in the United Arab Emirates.
The UK-based New Media Writing Competition opens its seventh year of international entries in digital formats.
‘The problem with the Kenyan society is that we read mostly for exams.’ The country’s publishers say they’re troubled by children’s lack of a reading habit.
Papego is an app currently drawing attention in Germany from readers, publishers, and booksellers because it allows a reader an easy way to keep reading digitally or in print.
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.
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.
Citing ‘centuries of history that proclaim the fact that culture will beat ignorance,’ Italy’s prime minister set in motion the new €500 grants for the country’s 18-year-olds.
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.
Marking 10 years of community readings of books, the USA’s National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read reboots itself with a new, contemporary aim in literature for whole cities to read together.