Limited discretionary spending, censorship, piracy, and weak public policy challange the Arab world’s book industry, says Jordanian publisher Fathi Al Biss.
Dubai-based journalist Zeina Yazigi leads the IPA Amman seminar’s upcoming examination in Jordan of publishing’s role in the plight of refugees.
At the IPA Amman seminar, OverDrive’s Steven Rosato will stress that in moving to a digital library ecosystem, ‘It’s the publishers who must take the leap.’
‘Her Majesty Queen Rania is a leading voice in the region,’ says Bodour Al Qasimi, whose patronage adds impact to the IPA’s coming seminar in Amman.
Citing figures that show only 14 percent of South Africans reading books, the South African Book Fair and indigenous language festivals address the issue.
Just days before a peaceful transfer of power in Nouakchot, writer Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaïtir was released and removed from the country for safety.
The second international event in the PublisHer series featured performance, discussion, and networking at the International Publishers Association’s ‘Africa Rising’ seminar in Nairobi.
‘The international publishing community stands with Khaled Lutfi,’ says IPA Freedom to Publish chair Kristenn Einarsson at the 2019 Prix Voltaire ceremony.
As the IPA plans for its Morocco seminar, it has new backing from the African Publishers Network and Association for the Development of Education in Africa.
Africa is ‘one of the most under-represented regions in global literature,’ Bodour Al Qasimi tells IPA’s Nairobi seminar. ‘We want you to reverse these facts.’