'2016 book fair way better'

HARARE - Organisers of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) are confident that this year’s edition which will run between July 25 to July 30 in the Harare Gardens will be far better than last year’s offering.

Zimbabwe’s premier book event will run under the theme “Igniting Interest in Reading for Sustainable Development.”

“Preparations are at an advanced stage and we are receiving confirmation from several international, regional and local writers and distributors among others who will attend the Fair.

“We have called for papers and received an overwhelming response. We are currently selecting and finalising the list of papers to be presented during the Indaba from July 25 to 26, 2016,” said Interim executive board of Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association (ZIBFA) chairperson Blazio Tafireyi.

He added that contributors to the 2016 Indaba are expected to come up with ideas that will benefit all participants in the book value chain. Topics to be presented at this year’s Indaba include reading culture, reading categories, skills for producing reading materials, reading and technology, reader/ writer business dynamics, the publisher and sustainable development, access to reading materials and intellectual property rights.

“I am hoping National Association of Secondary Heads (NASH) and National Association of Primary Heads (NAPH) will attend this Indaba, this is a topic very relevant to them.

“Our secretariat will supply information and attend to the needs of the public and attending journalists between now and the fair.

“Going forward focus shall also be on how to raise financial resources for ZIBFA outside traditional donor channels so that our Book Fair will be benchmarked against international best practice shown by big Fairs such as Frankfurt Book Fair and The Guadalajara Book Fair,” Tafireyi said.

According to Tafireyi, his organisation ran several anti-piracy awareness workshops.

“The following aspects were looked at: the metamorphosis of piracy as a new form of organised crime and an illegal street business model, the creation of an awareness of the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act and copyright concepts, students in schools and the spread of book piracy (the criminal exploitation of school children through supplying pirated books to them), effectiveness of current anti-piracy laws and the role of stakeholders in fighting piracy.

“Aspects such as solutions to book piracy and alternative business models to mitigate the effects of book piracy and the need for an anti- piracy petition to arms of government to instigate legal reforms were also looked at,” he said.

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