City to Promote Reading to Combat the Challenges in the Book Industry
To face the challenges that the book industry is facing in the digital era, the city will be promoting the interest in reading and creating education opportunities and at the same time strengthen copyright laws.
The president of Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations Association Mehri Madarshahi stated during the eve of the international book and copyright conference that she is among the 20 experts from 10 countries and regions who will be giving speeches and participate in discussions that will address the evolution of the book industry.
The coming of the internet and the introduction of new technologies have changed the way people live, the way they read and learn and is posing a challenge to readers, librarians and publishers. The city must take more initiatives in coping with the challenges in the digital era, by creating programs that will help maintain the reading habits of the people amid the shift from print to digital. The city is also planning to create free trainings, expand internet access and offer free online classes to help increase educational opportunities in the city.
The city must also pay attention to the translations of China’s vast literature legacy. Translation is weak in Shenzhen and the city needs more local translators who are knowledgeable in the local books.