“Partners for the Arabic Book” is an Arabic initiative to advance the causes of the Arabic Book, launched at the end of the conference of “the writing and publishing movement: Publish a book... Develop a nation”, organized by the Arab Thought Foundation, in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, within the framework of the celebration of Beirut World Book Capital, in the first and second week of October 2009.
The fundamental purpose of this initiative aims to advance the causes of the Arabic Book, in response to the appropriated Arabic and foreign reports for cultural development, about the weakness of the situation of writing and reading in the Arab world, on the basis of faith in the role of culture in promoting the Arabic solidarity, and the role of the book in achieving the cultural development.
• To encourage the qualitative composition of the books correlated with the Arab community issues.
• To provide financial and literary incentives for the most important Arabic books annually published.
• To establish a creative climate for youth in the field of copyright.
• To coordinate efforts and initiatives in order to encourage the spread of the Arabic book, and remove customs barriers.
• To support efforts and initiatives in order to protect intellectual property rights for the writers.
• To support public libraries and develop the same.
• To strengthen the position of the digital e-book in our Arab societies.
The declaration of His Highness the President of the Arab Thought Foundation, as an application for the first article of the initiative of “Partners for Arabic Book”, of a prize valued for one hundred thousand dollars, awarded annually to the most important Arabic book. The first article of the initiative provisions includes the following: “To encourage the qualitative writing of books correlated with issues of Arabic society and the challenges of the times, as well as to provide material and literary incentives for the most important books published each year”.
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