Abu Dhabi International Book Fair – 25 April to 1 May 2018

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair – 25 April to 1 May 2018
Photograph of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2017

Poland is this year’s Guest of Honour for the 2018 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF).
A wide range of authors, intellectuals and artists will discuss Poland’s rich literary and cultural traditions. Over a thousand years of Polish culture, with particular focus on the last hundred years of Poland’s independence, will be reflected in presentations on the golden classics of Polish literature and works by Polish Nobel prize laureates, as well as discussions of works by the contemporary writers invited to participate in the ADIBF.

The professional program will include an in-depth presentation of the Polish book market and panels featuring experts on translation and rights management. Events addressed to children will feature esteemed Polish artists and educators.

A presentation by Polish chefs will be accompanied by discussions on the history of Polish cuisine, while a panel on new technologies will be featured alongside discussions on the history of Polish art, music (including the legacy of Chopin and Szymanowski) and cinema. In short, the program will offer insight into both Poland’s past and its current dynamic development.

Canon to host ‘Future Book Forum’ event at ADIBF
In honor of the ‘Year of Zayed,’ this year’s 28th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will host an additional event which will explore how publishers could grow in the future, through innovative approaches in a rapidly-changing and demanding world. Enabled and organized by Canon, the ‘Future Book Forum’ will be held on 28 April at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center and is set to bring the whole industry together from publishers, to printers, to retailers and readers.

Tackling new developments in both digital and printed books, the forum also addresses how they increasingly interact, the ways in which content can be used in multiple ways, the new trends and technologies to enable this, emerging business models to improve profitability, as well as new opportunities for growth. In addition, the ‘Future Book Forum’ will also host a workshop which will address the seamless integration of print production and book distribution, automated book manufacturing workflows as well as business opportunities for ‘Smart Book Services.’

Several related case studies are on the agenda with a chance for attendees to experience a live demonstration of a real workflow. This is an event you do not want to miss out. For more information on the ‘Future Book Forum’ event, visit www.adbookfair.com

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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