The ongoing Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival has become a major attraction for families and young readers in the region, and publishers are taking notice.
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Roger Tagholm reports from Sharjah, where the emirate is celebrating its turn as Islamic Cultural Capital with wide-ranging festivities the drew global guests.
UK author Lord Jeffrey Archer, still combative and unapologetic, believes bookstores are doomed, but is happy to continue cranking out bestsellers — as ebooks.
Matt Cowdery, Hachette’s representative in the GCC, reflects on several publishing issues impacting the region including importation certificates, the Arab Spring and more.
Helen Nathan came up with a brand and marketing plan before for her series of baking books for kids before the books were written. Today, licensing deals yield 4x her book royalties.
Is there an argument to be made in favor of state intervention in the book trade? If the growth of the book trade in Sharjah is any evidence, the answer is yes.
Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi founded the Emirates Publishers Association and pushed for it to become a full member of the IPA. Here, she explains it was so important.
Sharjah’s Children’s Festival drew together Arabic and foreign publishers for cultural exchanges; now annual, it aims to become the Bologna of the Middle East.
The fund, sponsored by the Sharjah government, implement reading projects for children living in Central Asia, and North Africa.
Bloomsbury UK threw a lavish dinner to celebrate publication of Taking the Reins, the 2nd memoir from Sharjah ruler Shaikh Sultan Bin Mulhammad Al Qasimi.