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

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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