Abu Dhabi International Book Fair to discuss freedom of publishing and piracy

ABU DHABI – World publishers and authors will showcase their professional experience on the sideline of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair to take place from March 15 – 20, 2011 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The professional program of the fair, organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, includes about 30 activates that focuses on book publishing industry.
On Tuesday, 15 March, Ali Alsaloom, cultural consultant and founder of Embrace Arabia, will talk about Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Gulf… he will explain 19 Rules for Doing Business in the Arab World.
In the evening a market presentation will be held under the title A Window onto the French Publishing Industry, the presentation will offer a general market overview with a focus on Children's Books and Social Sciences. The presentation is held by the Bureau International de l'Édition Française (BIEF) and The Speakers are:
Jean-Guy Boin, Director of the Bureau International de l'Édition Française
Dominique Korach, Director of Nathan Jeunesse
Paul Garapon, Editor-in-Chief of the Presses Universitaires de France
This will be followed by a round table on academic publishing titled Market and Cooperation Opportunities for Academic Publishers in the Arab World: A Discussion with Industry Experts. Speakers in the session are:
David G Hirsch, Libraries Advisor at the Abu Dhabi National Library, UAE
Kai Henning Gerlach, owner of Gerlach Books, Germany
Peter Givler, Executive Director of the Association of American University Presses, USA
Rashed Abdulrahman Ali, Collection Development Director, UAE University Libraries Deanship
On the second day of the fair a special Session for the Next Generation will be held on website design and publishing with instructor Sahabudeen S., Corporate Trainer at Syscoms College, UAE.
Another session will be held on Strategic Planning for the Future: Public Library, Mobile Services and Library Service for Disabled People. The Speakers are:
Inger Edebro Sikström, Director of Public Libraries, Umeå, Sweden
Maria Westerlund, Head of the Branch Libraries, Umeå, Sweden
Leif Martensson, Head of the City Library, Umeå, Sweden
Also the book fair offers a Market Presentation on Korea. An Overview of the Korean Book Industry with a Focus on Korean Children’s Books in the International Marketplace with Seung-Hyun Moon, Director, International Project Department, Korean Publishers Association.
In another session, Anne-Solange Noble, Foreign Rights Director at Éditions Gallimard, from France will talk about How to Deal with Translation Rights, Make Your Authors Known Abroad and Learn Which Titles Work Where
The State of the Art in Children’s Books is the topic of a panel to discuss Profession and Passion: Children’s Book Experts Talk about Trends, Market Demands, Threats, Opportunities—and What Gets Them Excited, Panelists are:
Mazen Mhd Mehio, President of the Lebanese Children's Book Publishers Association, General Manager of Dar Al Maaref Bookshop for Printing, Publishing and Distribution, Lebanon
Anna Höglund, children’s book illustrator and author, Sweden Balsam Saad, founder and Managing Director of Al-Balsam Publishing House and Bookstore, Egypt
Hans ten Doornkaat, Editor of Atlantis Picture Books, reviewer of and lecturer on children’s literature, Switzerland
Ulf Stark, children’s book author, Sweden
Zeyna Al Jabri, founder of Buzoor, UAE
In an Overview of the Turkish Book Market, experienced editors, publishers, authors and literary agents will discuss developments in foreign rights, the publishing industry and the translation sector in Turkey.
Another major session will discuss Online Piracy in the Arab World and the Basics of Digital Rights Management: How Does It Work, Where Does It Make Sense, What Are the Challenges? The Speakers in the session are: Peter Balis, Director of Digital Content Sales, John Wiley & Sons, from the USA and Salah Chebaro, CEO, Neelwafurat.com, from Lebanon.
Thursday, 17 March will be dedicated for the education chapter where 18 experts will hold number of workshops and presentations on The Making of Visual Arts, How to launch and Expand Your Brand Online, How to Sell Film Rights for Novels and the Process of “Translating” a Book into a Film, How Can a Book Become a Brand?
,Art, Aims and Commerce in the Work of Illustrators and Graphic Designers, Beyond eBooks, A Mapping of Literary Translations, Literary Exchange and Support Models, and Emirati Authors Write for Emirati Children
On Saturday, 19 March a discussion on Arabs and the Freedom of Publishing
Will be held with Muhammad Adnan Salem, General Manager of Dar El Fikr, head of the Syrian Publishers Association, head of the Arab Children's Book Publishers Forum, and head of the Syrian Association of Intellectual Property
And in another session Salah Chebaro, CEO, Neelwafurat.com, from Lebanon will talk about iKitab and iMagaleh Applications from nwf.com: Now You Can Read Arabic Books and Magazines on Your iPad.