Emirates News Agency – Spotlight on Rights program boosts publishing industry with new grants for 302 books

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ABU DHABI, October 4, 2021 (WAM) – The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center (ALC) has revealed that the 302 books will benefit from more than AED 2.3 million in grants under its “Spotlight on Rights “.

The announcement was made during this year’s Al Ain Book Fair (AABF), hosted by ALC under the leadership of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) from 21 to September 30, at the Zayed Central Library.

The latest grants follow those announced at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) in May, to publishers for 300 books, including print, audio and electronic versions.

“The continued increase in the number of grants offered reflects the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center’s commitment to supporting the publishing industry and helping the publishing industry recover, especially after the challenges caused by the pandemic, ”said Dr Ali bin Tamim, President of ALC.

The 2021 edition of “Spotlight on Rights” received 1,042 grant applications. The total value of the medium reached AED 2,359,727, divided into three book categories: AED 1,679,920 for 138 printed books; 230,000 AED for 41 audiobooks and 449,807 AED for 123 eBooks. The grant values ​​for printed books range from AED 9,000 for children’s books to AED 15,000 for other categories. The value of the grant for converting a printed book to an e-book is AED 3,700 to AED 7,400, and the audiobook recording grant is AED 5,500 to AED 9,000.

“At the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, we believe in supporting the publishing industry with a comprehensive strategy that establishes the necessary platforms, fosters engagement and connects the publisher, the creative community and the audience,” said said Mouza Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of ALC. “This strategy provides publishers with direct incentives and supports them with positive initiatives to help boost production and accelerate the full recovery of the industry.”

Once a grant is approved, the publisher receives the first payment, equal to 60 percent of the total value of the grant. After that, the publisher receives the second payment, equivalent to 40 percent of the total value, when he submits the first translated book manuscript or a draft of the eBook or audiobook. The deadline for submitting manuscripts or projects is December 1, 2021.

From its launch in 2009 until 2020, the “Spotlight on Rights” program has supported £ 612 for a total value of AED 1,836,000. In 2020, the program introduced audiobook and e-book grants to help accelerate the development of the publishing industry around the world.

Through this program, ALC aims to promote respect for intellectual property rights (IPR) in the Arab world and encourage the exchange of IPRs between Arab and international publishing houses. It also strives to enrich Arabic content by financially and professionally supporting publishing houses and promoting the translation of content from and into the Arabic language.

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