Kotobarabia’s Arabic E-Books Extend Borders

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti CAIRO: Most of the difficulties faced by Arabic-language book publishing stem from two basic problems: government censorship and very limited distribution. But with e-books, Ramy Habeeb, founder of the Egypt-based publisher Kotobarabia, has managed to bypass both seemingly intractable problems. As the first e-publisher devoted exclusively to Arabic-language titles, www.kotobarabia.com now offers over 8500 books in 31 …

New Prize Urges Arabic Kid’s Publishers to Compete

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

SHARJAH: “The Arab-speaking world does not have a reading culture per se as in the West,” says Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, daughter of the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. “Parents don’t read bedtime stories to their children and there is a tendency for parents to rely on schools to give their children their first reading experience.” As …

UAE in NYC for BEA

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

ABU DHABI: “It is very difficult to get American publishers to come to the United Arab Emirates,” said Beatrice Stauffer, the program manager for Kitab and The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), “That is why we’re taking our story to New York.” Stauffer is one of dozens of publishing professionals hopping Etihad or Emirates flights to New York for …

Ed Nawotka at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair 2009

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

Publishing Perspectives editor-in-chief Ed Nawotka offers his impressions of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which took place in March 2009. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm–nyWtBuo SEE: A video of Chad Post, Open Letter, at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair 2009 EXPLORE: Information about the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair