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UAE’s Rising Book Industry, as per EPA Report

Over the past decade, the UAE’s publishing industry has experienced substantial development, thanks to various supportive factors and the government’s keen interest in the sector. State-of-the-art technological infrastructure has positioned the industry to thrive in the digital age. Key stakeholders, including the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), have played a vital role in addressing concerns and promoting sustainability through pioneering initiatives.

The advanced technological infrastructure of the UAE publishing sector has demonstrated resilience during the pandemic. This infrastructure has enabled the adoption of electronic publishing methods, supported by initiatives like the “Crisis Fund for Publishers” launched by Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Book Authority and founder of the EPA. These proactive measures have ensured business continuity and effectively addressed the pandemic-induced challenges faced by publishers.

The EPA is committed to advancing the publishing industry in the UAE through a range of services, insights, training, and effective communication. It also recognizes the importance of considering the environmental impact of the sector. By harnessing technological advancements, such as artificial intelligence (AI), the EPA believes in ensuring sustainability at the publishing and distribution levels. The association encourages publishers to strike a balance between digital and printed books and advocates for electronic marketing strategies.

The EPA has initiated projects like the “Distribution Platform” to support Emirati publishers in marketing their publications locally and internationally. It acknowledges the potential of AI in the publishing industry, facilitating data-driven decision-making, connecting stakeholders, and expanding competition on regional and global scales. However, the association emphasizes that the human element should remain central to literature, thought, and creativity while addressing concerns about AI’s impact on content originality.

 

The EPA also recognizes the importance of international collaboration in combating intellectual piracy. By reinforcing the legal framework and protecting intellectual property rights, the association aims to improve professional conditions and advocate for robust laws in the UAE and the wider region.

In addition to sustainability and adaptability, the adoption of modern technologies and AI in the publishing sector contributes to environmental preservation and the fight against climate change. The EPA plays a vital role in promoting sustainable practices among local publishers, such as using sustainable materials for printing, prioritizing digital publishing, implementing print-on-demand mechanisms, and adopting sustainable office practices.

 

To uphold the noble message carried by publishers, it is crucial for local publishers to unite and embrace sustainable work methodologies across the entire value chain of the industry. These methodologies should be flexible, effective, and adaptable to the evolving needs of readers in today’s fast-paced world.

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