Following Recent Events, Will You Explore the Mid-East and North Africa for Opportunities in 2011?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka


The landscape for publishers to explore the Middle East and North Africa for opportunities has never been better.

By Edward Nawotka

Earlier this month on Publishing Perspectives Egyptian e-book publisher Ramy Habeeb argued that Western publishers had a responsibility to bring “pluralism” to the Middle East publishing community, something they can do by participating in the rebirth of the free and open Egyptian publishing industry.

“Our responsibility is to introduce new perspectives,” he says. “When you’re watching the news there is the fear that a fundamentalist regime will take over as it did in Iran, but the best way to fight that is through education, through a demonstration of the pluralistic world we live in. You have to make sure all views are represented.”

Unfortunately, for many Western publishes the Middle East and North African markets were impenetrable for many years — for a combination of political, cultural and economic reasons. But, in light of the recent political action across North Africa and Middle East, the landscape for publishers to explore the region for opportunities has never been better.

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.