UK’s Waterstone’s Pins Hopes on aNobii “Social Bookselling” App

In English Language by Roger Tagholm

Beleaguered bookseller Waterstone’s is counting on aNobii, a book-oriented social networking site originally developed in Hong Kong, to help save them. By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Troubled UK chain Waterstone’s is pinning its hopes on the aNobii app which it officially launches next month. Not much has been said about this so-called “social bookselling” website, but it was clear from talking to …

Sharjah Sheikh’s Lavish London Bloomsbury Bio Launch

In Arabic Publishing by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Given that the ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, is fond of saying that the book is the symbol of his emirate, it was only appropriate that Bloomsbury UK chose to launch his memoirs My Early Life, with a lavish dinner at London’s very own temple of the book, the British Library …

Sharjah’s Int’l Book Fair Makes a Big Push for UK and US Publishers

In Digital by Roger Tagholm

• Sharjah’s International Book Fair, October 26 to November 6, emphasizes collaboration with western publishers. • Several new awards were bestowed at this year’s Fair to highlight excellence in English-language publishing. By Roger Tagholm SHARJAH, UAE: It was a good day for Chicago at the Sharjah International Book Fair’s inaugural international awards, presented by His Highness Sheik Dr. Sultan bin …

Do Cash Awards Promote Publishing in Growth Markets?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story covers the ongoing Sharjah International Book Fair. This year, the Fair introduced three new book awards for English language works (discussed in the piece). In addition, the Egypt-based Dar El Shorouk won the second edition of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature with the book, Al Noqta Al Sawda (The Black Dot), written …

A Free Library for Every Family (in Sharjah)

In Guest Contributors by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti SHARJAH, UAE: While many countries would like to encourage a “culture of reading” in their citizens, perhaps no government has taken a more direct role in promoting reading than the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah, through its official initiative known as “Knowledge Without Borders.” Conceived under the auspices of the ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan …

Bonus Material: Knowledge Without Borders’ Top Ten Reasons to Read

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In March, Marwan J. Al Sarkal, Deputy Head of the Organizing Committee of Knowledge Without Borders project in the UAE emirate of Sharjah (as described in today’s lead article) acknowledged, “Nowadays, we all spend so much time in front of our computer and TV screens that reading is dying as a pastime.” He added, “When people stop …

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 …