Are Graphic Novels and Comics More Dangerous than Prose Novels?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how graphic novelists are pushing boundaries and challenging taboos in the Middle East. In one case, that of Magdy El Shafee’s groundbreaking Metro, the Egyptian courts objected to its depiction of corruption and criminality, fined the author and publisher, and had the book pulled from store shelves. Surely, this is not an …

Are There Still Topics Too Taboo for Fiction?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Chip Rossetti discusses the popularity of Essam Youssef’s heroin-fueled novel 1/4 Gram, which is set in the world Cairo’s high society. Some of the popularity of the novel is that it portrays a world — a taboo world — little seen by readers in the Arab world. The same could be said for …

International E-Book Trio Launches Digital Minds Network

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A trio of e-book leaders from growth markets — Ramy Habeeb of Kotobarabia (Egypt), Octavio Kulesz of Editorial Teseo (Argentina) and Arthur Attwell of Electric Book Works (South Africa) — have launched the Digital Minds Network, a consultancy specializing in “identifying trends and best practice in emerging markets.” (Which is something we like to think we do …