Doha, Qatar: Frankfurter Buchmesse (the Frankfurt International Book Fair) 2018 opened on Wednesday October 10 with Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) participating in the international exhibition that hosts hundreds of other publishing companies, publishing-related companies as well as and media outlets from around the world.
The world's largest book fair drew a record number of visitors in 2017, as some of the world's biggest authors gave readings, lectures and signed books for attendees. HBKU Press’s presence was among the ranks of the world’s top publishing houses along with hundreds of visitors daily.
HBKU Press’s booth, located in hall 5.1, stand B143, represents over nine years of the publishing house’s catalog of acclaimed works and innovative publications, from award-winning original titles in both English and Arabic, to translated works by globally recognized authors and translators. At Frankfurter Buchmesse, HBKU Press plans to promote the brand internationally, enter into agreements to buy and sell the rights of books that meet their strategic vision, while establishing relationships with entities that can expand the reach of their titles.
“Since the last book fair in Frankfurt, HBKU Press has experienced exponential growth in terms of output, the variety of genres and languages we translate from and to, and reach in international markets,” explains Rima Ismail, HBKU Press’s Outreach and Special Projects Manager. “While we are here representing local Qatari and Arab talents and helping to facilitate the dissemination of local talent and local narratives to different regions across the globe, it is exciting to see that each year there is a marked rise in interest in HBKU Press as we continue to form new relationships and solidify existing ones with publishers around the globe.”
Founded on the principles of international best practices, excellence and innovation, Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press is a world-class publishing house that aims to support the vibrant scholarly and literary culture in Qatar. Through its participation in such fairs, HBKU Press aims to maintain its standing as the leading choice for publishing in Qatar, to attract and inspire new authors, illustrators and translators, and to be a cornerstone of Qatar’s knowledge-based economy.
The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a globally recognized cultural event that occurs annually. It is the most important international trade fair for content and the center of the international media world. The fair highlights the global publishing and media industry’s diversity, and innovation.
HBKU Press will be represented at the fair from 10 October to 14 October 2018.