Jordan’s Salwa Shakhshir Blogs About Publishers Training in UAE

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

Several times a year KITAB, the organization behind the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and the Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, hold professional training courses for publishers on the campus of NYU Abu Dhabi. Last year Salwa Shakhshir of Al Salwa Books, a children’s book publisher from Amman, Jordan, blogged about the event …

At #LBF11: Embracing the Education Market in the Middle East

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Any publisher who considers themselves to be an international publisher cannot ignore the Middle East and the GCC countries in particular” says Bill Kennedy, director of the Avicenna Partnership, a company that acts as a marketing and sales rep for education publishers selling into the region. “But the thing that we have to be realistic about is …

Publishing in Turkey: Expanding Horizons Between East and West

In Growth Markets by Chip Rossetti

With increased publishing professionalization and unique ability to bridge multiple cultures, Turkey is gaining credibility as a regional force. By Chip Rossetti In the field of publishing, Turkey’s international profile has risen dramatically in the last six years, particularly following Orhan Pamuk’s winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, and Turkey’s selection as the Guest of Honor at …

Who is the “Author” of This Book of Tweets?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati On the eve of their fifth birthday, Twitter published some remarkable statistics: on average, per day users send 140 million tweets and 460,000 new accounts are opened. Without a doubt, we are living interesting times. The …

Can Book Fairs and Cultural Institutions Change International Perceptions?

In Discussion by Olivia Snaije

The UAE is spending billions on culture, book fairs and building museums, including a new Louvre. French architecture expert Philip Jodidio talks about why. By Olivia Snaije and Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at four book festivals that have sprung up in cities that are more closely associated with business than culture. Among them is Abu Dhabi. What’s interesting …

How Visible Is Arabic Lit on the International Scene?

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati As a literary agent specialized in representing Arabic literature for world translation rights, I am often asked how visible Arabic literature is on the international scene. This question most of the time translates into: …

Is the Gulf Becoming Too Westernized?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Ali Alsaloom The United Arab Emirates has moved from the camel to the Cadillac in a very short amount of time. Where our Bedouin forefathers once lived just to survive another day in the punishing desert climes, we drive air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned malls. So it might seem strange to suggest a return to the camel, yet that is …

Austin and Abu Dhabi Face Down Digitization, Scantily Clad Women

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka SXSW: As I wrote last month, the book conferences are coming fast and furious. Though I’m still suffering from jet lag from my recent trip to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), I’m already at another conference, SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. What’s noticeably different this year at SXSW are the number of panels –- …