Marketing is everything
I devoured Seth Godin’s books, learned the principles and applied them in my business practice. To say that I am a fan is an understatement. I always find something to learn from this prolific writer and speaker.Two years ago, I went to New York City, attended the World Business Forum, and had the opportunity to interview him. I thought I would miss the conference this year because of the Pandemic but imagine my delight when I found out that the conference comes to my home in the form of a virtual conference. When I saw that Seth Godin is in the line-up, I thought to myself that I just heard h...
Reading in the times of Coronavirus
It has been almost eight months since I let myself down the “rabbit hole” just like Alice in Wonderland, the world has turned topsy-turvy however, the books that filled this rabbit hole of mine saved the day for me. I thrived between pages of romances and thrillers, travelled with the characters to myriad places. Sometimes one became an Egyptologist, trying to understand the hieroglyphs found in a tomb of a pharaoh, trying to peel back the years to be a part of an ancient civilisation. There were times when I’d sit on an imaginary chair in a lecture hall where a scientist tried to explain the ...
The National Book Development Board
The National Book Development BoardROSES AND THORNS–Pia Roces Morato(The Philippine Star) – November 21, 2020 – 12:00amResearch upon research I was curious about books and publishing and how this connects to the whole idea of readership. Hence, I stumbled upon the NBDB or the National Book Development Board and learned why it matters. The NBDB is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Education which was formed through Republic Act No. 8047, more popularly known as the Book Publishing Industry Act. RA 8047 acknowledges that this industry plays a very important role in n...
Booker Prize winner discovered love of 'dangerous' books at 16
Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart has said he only discovered his love of literature after his mother died when he was 16-years-old.The Scottish native was named as this year's recipient of the annual book award, which sees the winner handed a 50,000-pound (66,250-dollar) prize.Stuart’s book, called "Shuggie Bain," is based on his childhood and tells the story of a young, gay boy growing up with an addict mother in Glasgow in the 1980s.He has previously described how he drew on his own experiences as a gay man growing up in Glasgow with his mother, who died from alcoholism when he was 16, to ...
Proposed tax on books in Brazil may disadvantage readers in poorer neighbourhoods
Bolsonaro Government is preparing a new tax on books in Brazil. Photo by Rômulo Cabrera/Agência MuralThis article was written by Renan Cavalcante and Lucas Veloso. It is published here via a content partnership between Global Voices and Agência Mural.In 2007, writer Alessandro Buzo opened the Suburbano Convicto bookshop. At the time, the Itaim Paulista neighbourhood in eastern São Paulo had no public libraries — schools were the only places where people had public access to books.Years later, Buzo says access to public reading spaces has gotten easier but the cost of books can still be an obst...
Why do we love books about presidents? Obama's 'Promised Land' is next and there's a stack about Trump
CHICAGO — In the early 1930s, Ralph Newman was walking through the Near North Side when he noticed a bookstore going out of business. He had left Northwestern University after a semester to play minor league baseball in the Southwest — only to be injured and leave baseball. He was in his 20s when he returned to Chicago. He was hunting for new opportunities when he decided he would sell books. He got a loan and bought out the stock of the closing store. One of his regulars became poet Carl Sandburg, then working on a four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln’s Civil War years. They became close ...
The impact of 2020 on human values
2020 is a year that will feature heavily in future history books, and for many reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us, in one way or another. It has acted as an accelerator on issues that were already bubbling beneath the surface of our lives. As it emerged, an urgent question loomed large: As our world is changing, are our values changing too?A seismic economic recession, worldwide protests for racial equality and justice, more extreme climate temperatures, a new virtual reality of working from home — we have had to adapt to all these in less than nine months. And so we have ha...
How books helped people in the UAE make good use of those extra hours at home
Sharjah: UAE residents read more books than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic to pass the hours at home and cut back on screen-time, visitors and exhibitors at the 39th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) said on Wednesday.Work from home, distance learning and movement restrictions helped book sales online and at supermarkets, which stayed open even though bookshops remained closed during the national sterilisation programme earlier this year, SIBF exhibitors said. They added that self-help books and investment guides for the stock market saw an uptick, as did educational books for childre...
The five biggest moments of the 2020 World Championship
Worlds 2020 was one for the books.
The 2020 World Championship ended on October 31 with DAMWON Gaming raising the Summoner’s Cup in front of the Shanghai audience. With this victory, the LCK put a stop to Chinese supremacy and reclaimed the throne.The tournament was full of incredible plays and games, and it’s hard to pick the best of the best, but here are the biggest moments from Worlds 2020.TOP Esports reverse sweeps FnaticTOP Esports and Fnatic met in a quarterfinals series for the history books. TES reached the knockout stage as the number one seed from group D where it dominated the competition. Fnatic secured a humble se...
Shaikh Sultan earmarks Dh10m for Arabic and foreign books at Sharjah book fair
Sharjah: His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has ordered the allocation of Dh10 million for the purchase of titles in Arabic and foreign languages, which have been brought in by the 1,024 publishers who are participating at the ongoing 39th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA).The announcement is in keeping with Dr Shaikh Sultan’s efforts to support both regional and international publishers to ensure the continued growth of the book and knowledge industries, globally. The annu...