The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) is continuing its participation in the 43rd London Book Fair, which will conclude its activities tomorrow (Thursday), with the participation of over 1,500 international publishers.
SIBF’s delegation took part in about 30 meetings with representatives of leading international publishing houses, during the three-day book event which featured 220 panel discussions, workshops and meetings that revolve around various topics related to the publishing industry, whereas. The SIBF delegation also made use of the opportunity to attend a number of cocktail parties organised by British publishing houses, and conduct visits to some publishing houses to be familiarised with their publishing strategies.
On Tuesday night, the SIBF delegation, headed by Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Al Ameri, SIBF Director, and including Salim Omar Salim, SIBF Head of Sales and Marketing, Mohan Kumar, External Affairs Executive at SIBF, and Faisal Al Naboodah, Sales Officer – International, attended the awards ceremony of the International Publishing Industry Excellence Awards, which is organised by the London Book Fair (LBF), in cooperation with the UK Publishers Association, to recognise international publishing industry excellence and to celebrate achievement across the whole business of publishing in the world.
SIBF Director Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Al Ameri said the SIBF prepared a busy programme of meetings and visits with a group of international publishers and representatives of professional and commercial groups that operate in the field of publishing, distribution and sale and purchase of international rights with the aim of exchanging expertise and best practices in these respective areas.
“We adopted this approach in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to enhance communication among publishers in different countries in the world, and provide all possible facilities to ensure their participation in SIBF’s upcoming editions, as well as to benefit from their experience and opinions in developing the Professional Programme which is organised annually by the Sharjah International Book Fair with engagement of dozens of Arab publishers for the purpose of developing their business.”
Al Ameri added, “The core aim of our participation in this edition of the London Book Fair is to strengthen cooperation ties between the Sharjah International Book Fair and publishers from all over the world. We are pleased with our participation in the exhibition, which offers a platform for all professionals and stakeholders to exchange views and experiences on the issues related to the publishing industry. We also want to make the most of our participation in benefiting from the expertise of British and foreign publishing houses, some of which have been working in this field for more than 100 years, to further enhance the success of SIBF and other events and programmes accompanying it.”
He went on to say, “We are looking forward to the participation of these publishing houses in the Sharjah International Book Fair and the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. We also want to give them a chance to utilise the translation grant that would help them translate their works into Arabic, while collaborating with them in translating Arabic works into English and other languages.”
Over the past two days, Al Ameri held bilateral meetings with a number of leading international publishers, notably Andrea Chambers, Director of the Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, David Watches, Head of the Information Unit at the British Automobile Association, Adrian Green Wood, Sales Manager at Aurum Publishing Group, and John Ingram and Phil Ollila of the Ingram Content Group, one of the world’s largest publishing, distribution and marketing companies.
During these meeting, they discussed a number of topics related to publishing, and explored ways to overcome obstacles facing Arab and foreign publishers, as well as possible means to strengthen cooperation between both sides. The SIBF delegation also invited the publishing houses to participate in the upcoming Sharjah International Book Fair and its cultural seminars, as well as the SIBF’s acclaimed Professional Programme for publishers, which is organised by Sharjah over the course of the three days running up to the Sharjah International Book Fair.
The SIBF delegation also attended a number of cocktail parties, organised by publishing houses with a view to bolstering ties with international publishers and other stakeholders in the publishing industry, to network and share expertise. They attended cocktail parties that were organised by Emma Publishing, Severn House Publishers, and Ingram Content Group, as well as the large scale event that was organised by the Korean publishers who participated in the book fair. The delegation also attended a meeting with Georgian publishers, making the best use of these events and visits to network and further enhance communication with publishers and learn more about their experience and releases.
On the morning of the closing day of the London Book Fair, the Sharjah International Book Fair will organise an expert panel discussion titled “Sharjah international Book Fair 2014: Facilitating Translation Business between the Arab and the International Publishing Communities – Common Cultural Pitfalls and How to Surmount Them”, with the participation of five Arab and foreign publishers.
During the panel discussion, the SIBF Director will present a brief overview of the SIBF Translation Grant Fund and the results it has achieved since its launch in 2011. The discussion will also involve a debate a number of highly relevant topics related to the field of translation, such as the similarities and differences between the Arab publishing markets and the rest of the world and how to overcome obstacles facing Arab publishers if they wish to obtain the rights to translate books published in other languages, as well as the most common misunderstandings that occur among international publishers when they first decide to do business in the Arab world.
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