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Arabic Publishing Industry Situation Analysis and Options
Arabic Publishing Industry Situation Analysis and Options
Arabic Publishing Industry Situation Analysis and Options
Arabic Publishing Industry Situation Analysis and Options
Arabic Publishing Industry Situation Analysis and Options
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Arabic Publishing Industry Situation Analysis and Options

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Other than a Small Market for Books, several challenges face the Arab Publishing Industry from multiple perspectives. Here are our views on the most important issues and what needs to be done.

Other than a Small Market for Books, several challenges face the Arab Publishing Industry from multiple perspectives. Here are our views on the most important issues and what needs to be done.

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  • 1. Arabic Publishing Industry Situation Analysis and OptionsAbout Us Tahseen Consulting is an advisor on strategic and organizational issues facing governments, social sector institutions, and corporations in the Arab World. You can read more about our capabilities at tahseen.aePublic Sector ▲Social Sector Several challenges face the Arab publishing industry …Corporate ResponsibilityCONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY www.tahseen.aeAny use of this material without specific permission of Tahseen Consulting is strictly prohibited | 0
  • 2. Other than a Small Market for Books, several challenges face the Arab PublishingIndustry from multiple perspectives Publishers Readers Authors Government Civil Society Censorship Not enough Publishers do not Not enough Arabs Not enough data on interesting material take risks by are reading the publishing to read in Arabic publishing the new sector and unknown Lack of copyright Books are too Ambiguous Low literacy rates Not enough data on protection expensive payment structure Arab readership Weak distribution Lack of access to Lack of respect Lack of funds for Lack of funds for books programs programs | 1
  • 3. The market size for books in the Arab world is very small – just 10.5% of Arabs, compared to 30%of AmericansCountry Literacy Total Population Literate Population Book Purchasing Market Size Rate Population Over 15 Over 15 Rate (%)Egypt 71.4 74,166,499 49,691,554 35,479,770 19 6,741,156Algeria 74.6 33,351,136 23,345,795 17,415,963 21 3,657,352 Small Market for BooksSaudi Arabia 85.0 24,174,941 13,779,716 11,712,759 29 3,396,700 • Market = approx 34 millionMorocco 54.7 30,852,969 21,597,078 11,813,602 28 3,307,809 consumersIraq 74.1 28,993,000 17,105,870 12,675,450 25* 3,168,862Syria 82.5 19,407,555 12,226,760 10,087,077 29 2,925,252 • 35 million consumers = 10.5% of all ArabsSudan 60.9 37,707,483 22,247,415 13,548,676 19* 2,574,248Tunisia 90.4 10,215,220 7,559,263 6,833,574 27 1,845,065Yemen 58.9 21,732,245 11,518,090 6,784,155 19* 1,288,989 • Since the most populousLibya 86.2 6,038,644 4,227,051 3,643,718 25* 910,929 Arab states are low-income, this means most Arabs whoJordan 92.7 5,728,966 3,609,249 3,345,773 27 903,359 are literate cannot afford booksUAE 90.0 4,248,477 3,398,782 3,058,903 25* 764,726Lebanon 87.4 3,925,502 2,877,393 2,514,841 29 729,304Palestine 92.4 3,889,267 2,177,990 2,012,462 24 482,991 • Average book price as a % ofKuwait 93.3 2,778,650 2,056,201 1,918,436 25* 479,609 per capita income is high  low book sales  lowOman 83.7 2,546,323 1,706,036 1,427,952 25* 356,988 readership  low volumes ofMauritania 55.2 3,043,638 1,826,183 1,008,053 19* 191,530 books published  lack of aQatar 90.2 821,311 632,409 570,433 25* 142,608 distribution network  highSomalia 37.8 9,558,666 5,314,618 745,575 19* 141,659 book pricesBahrain 88.3 818,509 581,141 513,148 25* 128,287Comoros 74.2 818,434 474,692 352,221 19* 66,922 *Numbers are an average of other rates in similar countries.Djibouti 67.9 496,374 312,716 212,334 19* 40,343 Source: UNESCO UIS; NextTOTAL 80.6 325,313,809 208,266,001 147,674,875 34,244,691 Page Foundation | 2
  • 4. Regional benchmarks highlight the limited quantity of narrow topic breadth of books10 regional nonprofit organizations:  produce less than 20 books annually  do not focus on genres outside of social sciences & fiction  translate mainly from English and French Books Produced Annually Average number of books published annually: 18.5 | 3
  • 5. Relative cost of books in the Arab world is 50 times greater than most developed nations Implied discount to Income per Avg Book Implied book current avg book capita (USD) price (USD) % of income price (.0005%) price Algeria 3620 8.00 0.22% 1.81 77% Morocco 2250 2.90 0.13% 1.13 61% Tunisia 3200 19.80 0.62% 1.60 92% Egypt 1,580 2.83 0.18% 0.79 72% On average, books Syria 4,500 16.00 0.36% 2.25 86% cost over 50 times Jordan 2,850 9.00 0.32% 1.43 84% more in the Arab World than in other Palestine 1,230 9.75 0.79% 0.62 94% developed regions of Lebanon 5,770 14.00 0.24% 2.89 79% the world KSA 15440 10.14 0.07% 7.72 24% UK 27,650 12.60 .0005% China 4,990 1.29 .0003% Canada 35,310 18.30 .0005%Source: World Bank; Next Page Organization | 4
  • 6. Market for Books in the Arab World: When ranked according to market size as % of population,Lebanon, Tunisia and UAE rank high Country Literacy Total Population Over Literate Population Over Book Purchasing Market Size Market as % of Rate Population 15 15 Rate Population Lebanon 87.4 3,925,502 2,877,393 2,514,841 29 729,304 0.19 Tunisia 90.4 10,215,220 7,559,263 6,833,574 27 1,845,065 0.18 UAE 90.0 4,248,477 3,398,782 3,058,903 25* 764,726 0.18 Qatar 90.2 821,311 632,409 570,433 25* 142,608 0.17 Kuwait 93.3 2,778,650 2,056,201 1,918,436 25* 479,609 0.17 Jordan 92.7 5,728,966 3,609,249 3,345,773 27 903,359 0.16 Bahrain 88.3 818,509 581,141 513,148 25* 128,287 0.16 Libya 86.2 6,038,644 4,227,051 3,643,718 25* 910,929 0.15 Syria 82.5 19,407,555 12,226,760 10,087,077 29 2,925,252 0.15 Saudi Arabia 85.0 24,174,941 13,779,716 11,712,759 29 3,396,700 0.14 Oman 83.7 2,546,323 1,706,036 1,427,952 25* 356,988 0.14 Palestine 92.4 3,889,267 2,177,990 2,012,462 24 482,991 0.12 Algeria 74.6 33,351,136 23,345,795 17,415,963 21 3,657,352 0.11 Iraq 74.1 28,993,000 17,105,870 12,675,450 25* 3,168,862 0.11 Morocco 54.7 30,852,969 21,597,078 11,813,602 28 3,307,809 0.11 Egypt 71.4 74,166,499 49,691,554 35,479,770 19 6,741,156 0.09 Comoros 74.2 818,434 474,692 352,221 19* 66,922 0.08 Djibouti 67.9 496,374 312,716 212,334 19* 40,343 0.08 Sudan 60.9 37,707,483 22,247,415 13,548,676 19* 2,574,248 0.07 Mauritania 55.2 3,043,638 1,826,183 1,008,053 19* 191,530 0.06 Yemen 58.9 21,732,245 11,518,090 6,784,155 19* 1,288,989 0.06 Somalia 37.8 9,558,666 5,314,618 745,575 19* 141,659 0.01 TOTAL 80.6 325,313,809 208,266,001 147,674,875 34,244,691 | 5
  • 7. • For Further Information About This Initiative ‫للمزيد من المعلومات عن هذه المبادرة‬ • To get a copy of the full presentation or to ‫للحصول على العرض التقديمي الكامل لهذه المبادرة يرجى‬ discuss the findings, please contact Walid walid.aradi@tahseen.ae ‫االتصال بوليد العرادي على العنوان‬ Aradi at walid.aradi@tahseen.ae• For Inquiries About Our Services and ‫• لالستفسار عن خدماتنا ولعرض أفكاركم علينا‬ Requests for Proposals ‫لالستفسار عن خدماتنا أو عرض أفكاركم علينا يرجى االتصال بنا‬ To inquire about our services or submit a ‫عبر اإلنترنت باستخدام النموذج أدناه أو إرسال بريد إلكتروني إلى‬ request for proposal, please contact us using fikra@tahseen.ae the online form or send an e-mail to fikra@tahseen.ae• For Organizations Interested in Alliances ‫• بالنسبة للمنظمات التي لديها اهتمام بالدخول في اتفاقيات شراكة‬ ‫وفي تحالفات مع شركة تحسين لالستشارات‬ We are interested in opportunities where our technical skills and expertise can be used to ‫إننا مهتمون بالفرص التي يمكن من خاللها استخدام مهاراتنا‬ complement or diversify those of potential ‫وخبراتنا الفنية لتكميل أو لتنويع مهارات وخبرات شركائنا المحتملين‬ partners to pursue specific government funding ّ .‫بما يمكن من السعي للحصول على تمويل حكومي أو عقود تجارية‬ opportunities, commercial contracts, or RFPs. ‫لبدء نقاش حول الدخول في تحالف مع شركة تحسين لالستشارات‬ To begin a discussion about entering into an alliance with Tahseen Consulting, please ‫يرجى االتصال بوليد العرادي على العنوان‬ contact Walid Aradi at walid.aradi@tahseen.ae walid.aradi@tahseen.ae• For Members of the Press or Media ‫• بالنسبة للعاملين في الصحافة أو في وسائل اإلعالم‬ For media inquiries, please contact Wes ّ ‫لالستفسارات المقدمة من قبل وسائل اإلعالم يرجى االتصال بـ‬ Schwalje at wes.schwalje@tahseen.ae wes.schwalje@tahseen.ae ‫ويـزلي شـوالييه على العنوان‬

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