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  • SIBF 2022: Sharjah’s 'Rights Souk' Impresses

    The Sharjah Publishers Conference, which preceded the ongoing Sharjah International Book Fair, wrapped up last week, having attracted 971 publishing houses, literary agents, and rights professionals from 92 countries.

  • SIBF 2022: PRH CEO Dohle Says Ruling Is "Utterly Wrong"

    Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle took the stage on Tuesday morning at the Sharjah International Book Fair and said he is "super disappointed" with the court ruling blocking PRH's proposed acquisition of S&S, calling the decision "utterly wrong."

  • SIBF 2022: Sharjah Publishers Conference Draws Global Pros

    Nearly 1,000 publishing professionals from 92 countries are participating in three days of professional development and matchmaking events prior to the opening of the Sharjah International Book Fair, where Italy is the Guest of Honor country.

  • Erra: Creating an Environment for Creativity and Innovation to Flourish

    The launch of the Emirates Reprographic Rights Management Association (ERRA) - a first-of-its-kind association in the region – marks a watershed moment in the UAE publishing industry as it strengthens the foundations of a healthy print and publishing market where both the creation and dissemination of content are encouraged.

  • Publishing Rights Professionals Get Two New Awards

    In September, the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) announced two significant new awards for publishing rights professionals to be presented at this year’s Sharjah Publishers Conference.

  • Sharjah Publishers Conference 30 October-1 November 2022

    The 12th Sharjah Publishers Conference opens its doors to the world’s publishing professionals on Sunday, 30 October.

  • Q&A With Karen McManus

    Karen M. McManus is an American author of young adult fiction. She is best known for her first novel published in 2017, One of Us is Lying. This spent 129 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was optioned as a pilot by NBC.

  • Q&A With Nita Prose

    Nita Prose is a writer and longtime book editor. The Maid, her debut novel, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, a Good Morning America Book Club Pick and an international bestseller. The Maid has been published in over 40 countries in more than 35 languages. Nita lives in Toronto, Canada.

  • Global vs Local

    In a first for the Sharjah Publishers Conference, chair Seth Russo and his panel of publishers and agents – Cyrus Kheradi of PRH US, Kevin Hanson of S&S Canada and Ananth Padmanabhan of HarperCollins Publishers, India – will be taking a critical look at how the relationship between a parent company and its overseas branches works.

  • Q&A with Maria Lu

    Marie Lu is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy.

  • Lightning Source Thrives in Sharjah Publishing City

    In November 2021, Lightning Source: Sharjah opened its doors in the famed Sharjah Publishing City supporting a new way for publishers to sell more books in the Middle East and beyond.

  • Brazil’s Karine Pansa Embraces the Future at the IPA

    Karine Pansa is set to take over as president of the International Publishers Association on January 1 for a two-year term. Currently Vice-President, Pansa has served on the IPA’s executive committee since 2016 and follows a dynamic term as President by UAE’s Sheika Bodour al Qasimi.

  • Literary Agents: Connecting Publishers and Writers

    If you are associated with the business of publishing in any capacity, you will know that literary agencies and agents are critical to the life cycle of a book. In fact, the industry as a whole and book readers worldwide owe a big thank you to literary agents, who for decades have been responsible for the birth of bestsellers, making the right connections between publishers and writers.

  • 2nd National Libraries Summit

    After a very successful inaugural event last year, National Library leaders from around the world will gather together at the 2nd National Libraries Summit on 6-7 November in conjunction with the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) to discuss crucial issues to better serve their countries.

  • The Growing Global Market for Manga, Webtoon and and Asian Style Content

    Manga is currently the fastest growing publishing category in the US. According to NPD Bookscan, in 2021 manga sales were up 160% compared to 2020. A similar success is being reported around the world, including sales up 75% in Germany according to Deutsche Welle and sales up 107% in France in 2021 compared to 2020 according to Les Echos.

  • Q&A with Lisa Gardner

    Lisa Gardner is a No. 1. New York Times bestselling thriller novelist. A self-described research junkie, she has transformed her interest in police procedure and criminal minds into a streak of internationally acclaimed novels, published across 30 countries.

  • Interview with Bodour Al Qasimi

    When I look back on my life and what I have achieved so far, I realise that everything that I have done has been a stepping stone on the path to my role at IPA. The EPA, which I established in 2009, was an important milestone on this journey.

  • Interview with Marcus Dohle

    The Arabic language book marketplace has an incredibly rich history. The market has also faced unique challenges, from ongoing issues with distribution and logistics to struggles with piracy.

  • 9th Sharjah International Library Conference

    The theme for this year’s 9th Sharjah International Library Conference, running 8-10 November, is aptly titled Moving Forward Together. The Conference itself is adapting this year and will provide a hybrid model offering both in-person and virtual participation for librarians around the world.

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