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Canon, in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi hosted the first ever ‘Future Book Forum’ in the Middle East.
The Forum, which took place on April 28th during the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, gathered more than 60 top publishers from the Middle East region, and attendees discussed key challenges faced by the printing and publishing industry, potential solutions on how new technologies can help improve profitability, and identifying new opportunities for growth.
“As part of this partnership, it is our aim to evolve and foster the emirate’s book heritage and culture. The world is changing and it is our duty to guide others and help them adapt to this change and succeed with it,” said Abdullah Majid Al Ali, director of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. “We are proud to partner with Canon and lead the printing and publishing industry towards a bright digital future that is upon us”.

“In this digital era, organizations across all industries are embracing IT transformation solutions across their business processes, to streamline operations and increase efficiencies.” said Shadi Bakhour, Business Unit Director, B2B, Canon Middle East. “Through this partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, we aim to provide printing and publishing industry experts with a futuristic vision into the industry; helping them create inspirational and profitable experiences, through understanding the customer needs and the technologies that will enable them.”

“Furthermore, we are also aiming to expand our partnership to continuously enlighten and enable the industry through case studies, workshops and more” added Bakhour

During the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Canon showcased a live demonstration of a digital book production workflow; helping publishers better understand the important role technology plays in creating opportunities and overcoming current industry challenges. The workflow demonstration was showcased through Canon imagePRESS Color, Oce varioPRINT B&W, book binding, and Web-to-Print Technologies. Canon hosted Jamalon, an online bookstore operated by Canon’s technology and Art Plus, showcasing an online photobook printing workflow.