Book fair participants get training Filed on November 6, 2012

Over 150 participating publishers from all over the world received specialist publishing, authorship, translation, and distribution training during a programme organised as a forerunner to the Sharjah International Book Fair which will begin tomorrow.

Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Amri, SIBF Director, who welcomed the participants and wished them success, briefed the audience about the publishing market in the UAE and this was followed by a seminar on distribution in the Middle East and a panel discussion titled ‘Writing through Emirati Eyes’.

The second and third days featured a seminar on literature in translation and a digital presentation. The programme was attended by Shaikha Budoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Emirates Publishers Association and Founder and CEO of Kalimat.

Speaking on the occasion, Al Amri said: “There has been a great response from publishers regarding the programme so that they can keep themselves updated on the latest developments in the international publishing industry. We recognise the need for programmes that showcase developments in the field and support the publishing industry at home and abroad. These programmes took place thanks to the patronage of His Highness, Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and we are very keen to organise similar programs in the future.”

Prior to the official opening, The Sharjah International Book Fair also organised a training programme titled ‘The Concise Digital Publisher’ designed specifically for Arab publishers. The training programme focused on teaching the skills needed for Arab publishers to provide high quality digital products .

Afkar Abdullah

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