See what ADIBF has to offer

A Guided Tour for International First-Time Exhibitors.

The KITAB team will introduce participants to the offerings and facilities at the show.

Meeting point: Business & Rights Centre (Hall 10A01)

Wednesday 30 April, 12:00 – 13:15


Matchmaking between Arab and  foreign exhibitors and distributors

Participants are advised to bring copies or extracts from their catalogues in English.

Location:Capital Suite 19

Wednesday 30 April, 14:00 – 16:00


ISBN for eBooks

Arabic e-books are getting ever more present in the world of publishing; this is the future, and it starts now. However, things get more complicated without a clear identification. We have more Arabic e-books but less metadata. The key metadata element is the ISBN. Give your e-book an ISBN and let it be seen everywhere.

Speaker:  Kassem Al Tarras

Location:  Capital Suite 18

Wednesday 30 April, 16:00 – 17:00


Market Presentation: Sweden

The chairman of the Swedish Publishers Association will talk about the challenges and trends within the publishing industry in Sweden, touching on sales, piracy, e-books (including e-book lending) and the importance of reading. The CEO of the Bonnier Books will present his company, which is Sweden’s largest publishing group; he will then share his insight into self-publishing and his view for the future of the industry.

Speakers: Eva Bonnier and Jacob Dalborg

Location: Capital Suite 19

Wednesday 30 April, 16:30 – 17:30


Books to watch

Publishing houses concerned with finding new and catchy ways of promoting their catalogue will be interested to discover the services offered by Ketabna: this company converts the core ideas of a book into a short documentary movie, using attractive illustrations and graphics – and thus offering an entertaining way to help the reader choose his readings and for a book to be exposed to larger audience – in many different languages, including the Hearing Impaired Sign Language.

Speakers: Hatem Aly, Emad Eldin Elsayid and Mohammed Attia

Location:  Capital Suite 18

Wednesday 30 April, 17:00 – 18:00


Official opening of the Illustrators’ Corner 

For children books publishers, art publishers, game developers and members of the general public who are interested in learning about what is happening at the Illustrators’ Corner and meeting some of the talent.

Location:  Illustrators’ Corner (Hall 8F36)

Wednesday 30 April, 18:30 – 19:30


International Cooperation in the digital publishing age

A discussion on some of the essential issues in today e-publishing scene:   can e-Books easily access foreign markets easily? Can  ePub3 help global networking? How best to export local or original contents to US and other markets? What are the possibilities of co-edition with ePub3?

Speaker: Eric Yang

Location:  Capital Suite 15

Thursday 1 May, 14:00 – 15:00


Tomorrow’s Stories: New Frontiers in Writing

Digital technologies and the network are disrupting old business models but they are also changing the way writers tell stories, and which stories they tell. This session explores the pioneering projects and writers who are pushing the boundaries of storytelling and the written form, and offers delegates a glimpse into how stories might be told in the future.

Speaker: Joanna Ellis

Location: Capital suite 15

Thursday 1 May, 15:00 – 16:15


China—MENA: building connections

Publishers and agents from the Middle East & North Africa are invited to come and meet their Chinese counterparts — to get to know each other better, exchange information on the current book markets, and possibly achieve fruitful cooperation. A special focus will be directed on the following topics: the online sales trend of art books and the online store sales status of Jiangxi Fine Arts publishing house, Chinese thematic titles on the international market, and the market trend of Chinese history books and biographies.

Visitors welcome!

Speakers: Wei Qun, Haylie Chu and Zhao Guangning

Location: Capital suite 18

Thursday 1 May, 15:30 – 16:30


The future of E-Publishing in the Arab world

The speakers will address the Arab World’s increasing interest in online publishing and marketing since 2006; the political challenges threatening online businesses; and what the future looks like for e-publishing companies.

Speaker: Rebhi Alian

Location: e-Zone (Hall 11F18)

Thursday 1 May, 16:00 – 17:00


How to promote a translated writer abroad

Inventive Solutions for Literary Publishers

How does a translated book find its readership? How to best oversee and support the release of a title by a foreign writer? The task of publishing a foreign writer does not stop with translation but requires a specific follow-up — even more so when the writer is little known. Nowadays, various channels allow a text and its author to cross borders: from new technologies to literary festivals and cultural institutions. Professionals from the publishing and the literary promotion industry will share their experiences.

Host: Laurence Risson, Project Manager at the Bureau International de l’Édition Française –  an association of publishers aiming to encourage and support partnerships between professionals of the publishing industry from France and the world.

Speakers: Azza Tawil, Marion Mazauric and Alexandra Büchler

Location: Capital Suite 18

Thursday 1 May, 16:45 – 17:45


Generation Remix

With the publishing landscape shifting, what does the future look like for children’s literature and how will publisher and writer collaborate in years to come? Neal Hoskins, producer of the Bologna digital cafe, will share some interesting case studies on interesting digital projects and some surprising conclusions as to how this fascinating market may evolve.

Speaker: Neal Hoskins

Location: Capital Suite 19

Thursday 1 May, 17:00 – 18:15


The Challenges of Distribution sector in the Arab World

The publishing industry in the Arab world faces a major problem: the lack of distribution companies. Mr Chebaro will be demonstrating the ways we should deal with it at the level of the Arab world as a whole, and Mr. Shaali will address the situation in the UAE.

Speakers: Bachar Chebaro and Ali Al Shaali

Location:Capital suite 18

Thursday 1 May, 18:00 – 18:45


Translating books for children and young readers

What makes children’s books travel?

Discover a selection of titles suitable for different markets and bridging cross-cultural sensitivities. Our panelists will discuss translation strategies in dealing with cultural transfers, raising some challenging questions in the process.

Speakers: Alexandra Büchler, Mona Henning, Noura Al Noman and Sampurna Chattarji

Location: Capital suite 18

Friday 2 May, 16:30 – 17:30


The Culture of Editing

A lot of Arabic texts, from all genres, suffer from a weakness in their structure. Most Arab publishing houses have yet to acquire a system similar to that of their European counterparts, for example, where editing a book plays an inseparable role from the creation and publication process. Our guests will talk about the need for a shift in the attitude towards this issue, as well as the difference between editing and reviewing a text.

Speakers: Chip Rossetti, Samer Abou Hawwache and Abdelhakam Suleiman

Location:  Capital Suite 19

Friday 2 May, 16:45 – 17:45


The Power of Touch

What makes a winning eBook and App. Hundreds were entered, few were picked. Which captured the hearts of the jurors of this year’s Bologna Ragazzi Digital Prize? Warren Buckleitner from the Children’s tech review (USA) will lead you through his top picks of 2014 applications for kids and families and look at how to stand out from the crowd as a publisher or writer and how to learn from the simple mistakes of others.

Speaker: Warren Buckleitner

Location: e-Zone (Hall 11F18)

Friday 2 May, 17:00 – 18:00


Middle East collections and collection development at UCLA

This talk will cover collection development practices at the UCLA libraries as they apply to Middle Eastern Collections. The acquisition of materials about the Middle East in Western languages as well as the acquisition of Middle Eastern vernacular language materials in all formats from the Middle East as well as Diaspora publications will be discussed.

Speaker: David Hirsch

Location:  Capital Suite 19

Friday 2 May, 17:00 –18:00


Proceedings of the Independent Publishers Association’s workshop

The state of digital publishing in the Arab World

Location:  Signatures (Hall 9D50)

Saturday 3 May, 11:00 – 12:30 


Arabic e-books:  A new solution or just a revolution?

The e-book market in the Arab World does not look as promising as it is in the West. It seems that we inherited a revolution without practical solutions to remedy the weakness affecting the printed book: weak metadata, strong piracy and unreliable contracts. The Arabic e-book market needs a complete and immediate reorganization to avoid being taken over by huge international companies, which would rob contemporary publishers of their relevance.

Speaker: Kassem Al Tarras

Location: e-Zone (Hall 11F18)

Saturday 3 May, 15:00 – 16:00