Brazil’s comic con may have been bigger than the USA’s. 275,000 expected as the Jeddah Book Fair gets under way in Saudi Arabia

With just ten days to go ’til Christmas the western publishing industry is preparing to take a break, happy to sit back and let the booksellers, online and off, do their work. But publishing is a global industry where geographical and calendar boundaries are increasingly meaningless, and for much of the world it’s business as Read More …

Record-breaking Sharjah Int. Book Fair – 2.38 million visitors. $56 million book sales in ten days

The ten day Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) wound up yesterday (Saturday) and literally as I was writing this post today, Sunday, the official numbers rolled in. 2.38 million visitors attended the event in the United Arab Emirates, and books to the value of $56 million were sold. As many commentators are saying, Sharjah is Read More …

OverDrive supplies the UAE’s first digital library

Back in May Book Expo New York hosted an event titled Reaching the Arab World – the New Gateway Hub – The Sharjah Publishing City Initiative. Given the panel comprised Ahmed Al Ameri, Former Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair and Head of the Sharjah Book Authority, alongside the CEOs of Ingram and OverDrive, Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed (first November 2017 edition)

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best twice-monthly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Sharjah Book Fair opens today. 1.5 million books. More than 2.3 million visitors expected

The world’s third largest book fair gets under way today, in the sandy desert of the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates probably isn’t on the radar of most publishers – as we all know, Arabs don’t read, and to even think about the Arab book market is waste of time. Or so conventional wisdom Read More …