The Abu Dhabi based initiative will be part of the Arab World Market Focus at this year’s fair which will see all eyes on the opportunities to do business with the Arab World.
International and UK publishers and literary agents want to gain a foothold in the rapidly expanding Arab World market which in the UK alone saw exports to the Middle East/North Africa increase in 2006 by 13.3% to total GBP91 million, the largest increase from any region of the world, according to the UK Publishing Industry Statistics Yearbook ((c) PA 2007).
“Kalima means business when it comes to filling gaps in the Arabic library and we are working with publishers from all over the world to achieve that goal. We have already completed nine titles despite only launching late last year,” says Karim Nagy, Chief Executive of Kalima. “It is great that publishers are now recognising the opportunities in the Arab world. Organisations like Kalima can help the international publishing industry access this largely untapped market of 300 million Arabic speakers.”
At its official launch last November, Kalima announced a list of the first 100 candidate titles to be translated and published in Arabic, with the following titles now completed:
- Il Segno (The Sign), Umberto Eco
- The Halo Effect, Phil Rosenzweig
- The Future of Human Nature, Jurgen Habermas
- A Briefer History of Time, Stephen Hawking
- Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
- The Arab Roots of Capitalism, Gene Heck
Including these three new titles:
- The Clash within Civilizations: Coming to Term with Internal Conflicts, Dieter Senghaas
- The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, Allan Greenspan
- The Fundamentals of Language, Roman Jakobson, Moris Halle
The Pickup, Nadine Gordimer; Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance, George Saliba; The Great Code, Northrop Frye; Rasmus and the Vagabond, Astrid Lindgren; The Double Helix, James D. Watson; The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright; are also coming out soon as Kalima titles.
The 100 titles list has been carefully designed to strike a balance between different literary genres, juxtaposing the works of classic authors with more contemporary writers.
“Publishers have understood for some time that the Arab world is a massive and largely untapped market – but have not had the opportunities to gain a foothold there,” says Emma House, Exhibition Manager International Development, The London Book Fair. “The Arab Market Focus at the London Book Fair will give publishers not only an overview of how to break into the market but also the chance to build business connections with potential partners in the region.”
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