News from the Sharjah Book Fair: as the Publishing City rises in Sharjah, nearby Dubai gets a smaller Kinokuniya bookstore. And UAE libraries contemplate drone deliveries.
Aiming to create ‘a bridge between Arab cultures and with the rest of the world,’ Ahmed Al Ameri talks of his leadership of Sharjah Book Authority and his goals for Sharjah Publishing City.
The Sharjah Book Authority announces more information about the soon-to-launch ‘publishing free zone’ and its tax-free incentives for book publishers.
Estimated at a value of €250 million, the UAE’s book industry is among the world’s most intriguing emerging stories, a fast-gainer in the lineup of The Markets: Global Publishing Summit in October at Frankfurt.
Raised in ‘a family that loves books and reading,’ the publisher Bodour Al Qasimi arrives at Berlin’s Publishers’ Forum next week as one of the most influential and committed players on the industry’s world stage.
Translation funding and robust international attendance at the Sharjah Book Fair’s professional program has given rise to more rights deals at the fair.
The UAE-based Knowledge Without Borders has announced the inception of a plan to release and promote “1,001 Titles” in Arabic literature in two years’ time.
Lebanon’s Nasser Jarrous has been fostering understanding between the Arab World and the West by helping open ‘closed markets,’ such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Ahead the Sharjah Book Fair, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi of the Emirates Publishers Association called for a discussion on the principle of freedom to publish.
Questioned whether North Korea could join the International Publishers Association, IPA President Richard Charkin grinned and gave a simple answer.