India’s Wink e-reader in spotlight at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
ABU DHABI - Over 28 Indian companies will participate alongside award-winning Indian authors at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) next month. Among them is the Wink e-reader, which will be on display and available for sale in the Middle East for the first time, courtesy of EC Media (International).
The Fair is an annual event and is organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.
The state-of-the-art device is supported by 15 different languages and electronically offers 200,000+ book titles, making it a very attractive commodity for the international book market.
Capexil, the Export Promotion Council of India, supports Indian companies participating at the ADIBF. Other Indian companies exhibiting at the ADIBF are: XACT Studio International, iPublish Center, Q2A Media Services, Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd Taxmann Publications, Star Publishers & Distributers, Olive Publications, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publisher, Macaw Books, Discovery Publishing House, DC Press (P) Ltd, Diamond Pocket Books, Anmol Publications Pvt. Ltd, Academic (India) Publishers.
In an effort to promote exchange and trade between India and the Middle East publishing Industry, the German Book Office New Delhi in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is organizing the collective stand of Indian Publishers, for the third time this year. Eight companies are participating including Aadarsh, AIETS.com, Cinnamon Teal Print and Publishing, Good Luck Publishers, GOYAL Publishers & Distributors, Mapin Publishing, Ratna Sagar and TERI Press.
‘The Arab World and India have much synergies to explore and is evident the tremendous interest we see from the Indian side in doing business with the Arab world. We attempt to sustain and nurture this during and after the fair”, said Akshay Pathak, Director, German Book Office, New Delhi, India.Akshay will give a market presentation on the Indian book industry and award-winning Indian authors will entertain visitors with literary and intellectual debates. They include:
Thoppil Mohamed Meeran - an award-winning Indian author who writes in Tamil. He has published novels – Oru Kadalora Kiramathin Kathai (The Story of Sea Side Village, 1988), Turaimugam (Harbour, 1991), Koonan Thoppu (The Grove of a Hunchback, 1993) and Saivu Narkkali (The Reclining Chair, 1995), which received the Sahitya Akademi Award – as well as a collection of short stories, Thankarasu (1995).K. Satchidanandan - an award-winning Indian author, who writes primarily in Malayalam under the pseudonym Anand. The famous critic Govindan helped Anand publish his first novel Alkkoottam (Crowd) in 1970. This work was followed by three equally abstract successors: Marancertificate (Death Certificate), Abhayarthikal (Refugees) and Utharayanam. Anand earned wide recognition as a Malayalam writer with Marubhoomikal Undakunnathu (The Deserts Come into Existence) and Govardhanante Yaathrakal (The Journeys of Govardhanan). He has also written many short stories, plays and articles about the plight of ordinary people who are exploited by the rich and the powerful.
Kénizé Mourad – a French novelist, journalist, daughter of an Indian Rajah, and great-granddaughter of the Ottoman Sultan Mourad V. Mourad’s 1987 bestselling novel about her family’s story, De la part de la princesse morte (Regards from the Dead Princess), was published and translated into more than 30 languages. In 2003, she published Our Sacred Land: Voices of the Palestine-Israeli Conflict. Her latest book, Dans la ville d'or et d'argent, was published in 2010.The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair started life in a modest marquee over two decades ago. Unlike many other book fairs held around the world, this one is also open to the public and entertains industry professionals, business travellers and residents with its vibrant programme of professional and cultural activities. In addition, there are activities for children, book signings by celebrated authors, a poetry forum, live performances from Emirati rap artists and the opportunity to buy books towards the end of the fair.