The military conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq have cut into MENA publishers’ ability to sell and distribute books, while piracy remains a top concern.
Publishers in the Middle East describe how they are trying to get around daily challenges, in particular falling book sales, resulting from instability.
In 2015 the Cairo International Book Fair will launch its first-ever professional program, which will run from January 29 through 31.
A new web project, CairoBookStop, aims to cull and map information about publishers and bookshops in Cairo that focus on contemporary Arabic literature.
Egypt, where book sales have fallen by 50%, has given a home to several Syrian Islamic publishers who say the faithful need them as much now as before.
Mahmoud Aboulfotouh discusses the evolution of Arabic epublishing and how the launch of several new platforms in Egypt is creating excitement in the region.
Ahdaf Soueif spoke with The Daily Beast about life in Cairo since the uprising as well as its impact on the city’s writers and bookstores.
Literary scout Simone Garzella looks at what’s selling in the the Arabic book market how the region continues to evolve amidst some troubled times.
Ongoing political uncertainty has resulted in a depressed local book market leading Egyptians to look elsewhere in the Arab world and further abroad to bolster business.
Cairo’s Lehnert & Landrock, a 65-year-old German bookstore and art gallery near Tahrir Square, may be forced to close as a result of the fall off in tourists to Egypt.