International Publishers Association President Bodour Al Qasimi has continued a tour of pandemic-hit publishing markets by visiting Kenya, whose national publishing industry is one of many reeling from the ravages of COVID-19 in 2020.
The Big Bad Wolf Online Book Sale UAE, organised in partnership with Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), and held exclusively on noon.com between January 23 – 31, has concluded with the sale of 80,000 books. This was the initiative’s first online book sale for the UAE as a response to the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak, ensuring readers could continue accessing thousands of books in a safe manner.
Sheikha Bodour called on female publishers and authors at the PublisHer summit to come together in support of women working in the industry.
IPA president emphasises the role of publishers as peace builders and community healers as they mobilise resources to keep books in the hands of readers and rebuild institutional collections.
“This evening to me represents a celebration of our publishing community and our mutual support for one another, just like a family, says IPA President Bodour Al Qasimi.