UK author Lord Jeffrey Archer, still combative and unapologetic, believes bookstores are doomed, but is happy to continue cranking out bestsellers — as ebooks.
The latest Sharjah International Book Fair underscored its role in bringing together partners from countries and regions often on the fringes of other fairs.
Matt Cowdery, Hachette’s representative in the GCC, reflects on several publishing issues impacting the region including importation certificates, the Arab Spring and more.
The recent Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival offered a unique spectacle for readers and a snapshot of children’s book publishing issues in the Middle East.
Dubai’s Rufoof e-bookseller offers 5,000 titles in Arabic and has attracted 100,000 users, 50% from Saudi Arabia, starting with free Islamic titles.
If you’ll be attending the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and have a great story to tell, a big piece of news, or just want to say hello, let us know.
Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi founded the Emirates Publishers Association and pushed for it to become a full member of the IPA. Here, she explains it was so important.
The 2012 Sheikh Zayed’s Book Awards, worth AED 750,000 each, were handed out to the seven winners earlier this week; UNESCO won AED 1m for sustaining culture.
A new professional program and $300,000 to support translations marked 30 years of commitment to reading and literacy at the Sharjah International Book Fair.
The Yale Publishing Course attracted 65 publishers from 18 countries. Bodour Al Qasimi, a children’s book publisher from the UAE, shares four key takeaways.