Sharjah 24: More than 530 publishing professionals and agents, and 35 speakers will participate in the 11th Publishers’ Conference to be held, in partnership with the International Publishing Association (IPA), at the Expo Center Sharjah from October 31 to November 2, the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) announced.
Scheduled ahead of the official opening of the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) on November 3, the three-day event will host eight panel discussions on the main issues and challenges facing the publishing industry in the region and in the world is facing. . The conference provides a platform for attendees to discuss book sales, potential deals, translations, as well as copyright and distribution rights.
The highlight of this edition of the conference will be the opening speech by Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), on the first day she will recount the success and excellence of the global organization during the past 125 years in supporting and promoting the industry and its stakeholders around the world, and sharing IPA’s future plans.
A key session on the application process for the US $ 300,000 SIBF Translation Grant will be the highlight of the inaugural day. It will be available exclusively to conference participants.
The hugely popular “matchmaking” sessions will be held over the three days of the conference for the convenience of publishers and industry professionals to discuss buying and selling rights and making new deals, in particular. especially in the Arab market.
Mansour Al Hassani, Director of Sales, SBA and General Coordinator of the Publishers Conference, said: Publishers in the region and the world.
He added, “Being the first regional platform of its kind, this annual conference offers global industry players incredible opportunities to connect, share experiences, buy and sell rights and explore partnership opportunities. This edition has a lot to offer, being the largest professional gathering of post-pandemic industry professionals to discuss key industry transformations across functions such as marketing, printing, shipping as well as customer needs and behavior. “
Day 1 program (October 31)
The SIBF Editors Conference will begin with a welcoming speech from HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, President of the SBA. A discussion titled “Coming Together in Crisis: How the International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience Initiative (Inspire) Supports Industry Recovery in Unprecedented Times” will set the conference in motion. A distinguished panel of publishing professionals from around the world will discuss the “Inspire Charter” and how the industry can ensure that the entire publishing ecosystem moves forward in a coordinated fashion in times of crisis.
The second lecture of the day, titled “Arab Publishing Landscape: Guidelines for Different Markets in the Arab World”, will hear Arab publishers discuss how publishing is evolving in Arabic speaking countries and how international publishers can contribute to their development. growth.
SIBF 2021’s guest of honor, Spain, will host a special afternoon session to shed light on the Spanish publishing industry. The day’s activities will end with the session on the SIBF translation exchange.
Program of day 2 (November 1)
“The Independent Publishing Boom: Generating Book Sales” will be the first session of the second day of the Publishers’ Conference. Experts will explain how independent publishers rose to the challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, imagining new ways to reach the reader and contributing to a vital increase in book sales, and the lessons traditional publishers could learn of their experience.
The second session of the day, titled ‘Decolonizing Our Stories: The Growing Influence of African Writers’, will examine how cultural globalization offers African writers a unique opportunity to capitalize on the growing global demand for more diverse voices and narratives. while creating space for Indigenous storytelling.
Program of day 3 (November 2)
The educational publishing industry will be the center of the first discussion on the closing day of the conference. Entitled “The Evolution of Educational Content: The Role of Publishers in the Age of Digital Learning,” the session will discuss the opportunities presented by the pandemic and the pros and cons of digital learning.
The second session, “Surfacing African Publishing Innovations: The African Publishing Innovation Fund”, will highlight the African Publishing Innovation Fund (APIF), created by a partnership between Dubai Cares and IPA in 2019. The panel will discuss of how APIF helps solve systemic publishing challenges by creating opportunities for future publishing innovation, and how it can support disruptive innovation in emerging publishing markets.