Our online virtual fair is an innovative solution to the challenges of hosting a 2021 event. Virtual visitors will be able to connect with publishers from around the world, enabling global business deals to take place more conveniently and safely than ever. Members of the public can also log on during the fair or year-round to browse our huge selection of titles, and explore exciting new literature from the comfort of their own homes. Not only this, but we are hosting an exciting array of virtual events: debates, sessions and performances to ensure you can be part of an iconic literary festival, wherever you are.
In addition to the unmissable virtual fair, we will still host exhibitors at Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC, where local visitors can drop in and buy books. Don’t forget that wherever you are in the world, though, we have a unique line-up of discussions and events, hosted by a truly international roster of talent. So tune in and check it out from the comfort of your sofa.
Our new online platform will provide the perfect forum to agree new rights deals. Publishers and industry professionals can use the platform to buy and sell rights, and gain access to our exclusive Spotlight on Rights (SoR) initiative. The ever-popular SoR programme will be offering 300 grants in 2021, in three different categories: translation, e-books and audiobooks. Initially launched to encourage publishing houses to translate their books into and from the Arabic language, the SoR programme allows regional and international publishers to apply for grants of up to $4000 for their translation rights deal, providing licensing discussions for the book take place at ADIBF. Publishers can now also apply for subsidies of up to $2000 to convert their printed works into eBooks or up to $2500 for conversion into the audiobook format. In 2021, these rights discussions will go virtual – allowing professionals from all over the globe to benefit and get involved, as long as they are registered on the Abu Dhabi International platform, showcasing the current rights opportunities they have on offer.
In addition to the unmissable virtual fair, we will still host exhibitors at Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC, where local visitors can drop in and buy books. Don’t forget that wherever you are in the world, though, we have a unique line-up of discussions and events, hosted by a truly international roster of talent. So tune in and check it out from the comfort of your sofa. The program for the fair will be a hybrid of both physical and virtual. The focus on virtual programs not only allows us to attend exciting discussions and events from the comfort and safety of our own homes but also allows you to invite your friends and family from all over the globe to enjoy them with you. The sessions at Abu Dhabi international Book Fair 2021 will include some physical moderators at the fair itself joined with talented guests and speakers virtually. this allows speakers to join from different corners of the world and heighten the programme and its contents with a real international portfolio.