Abu Dhabi: A total of 302 books have been selected under a MAD 2.3 million grant program by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center (ALC).
The grants are provided through ALC’s Spotlight on Light program, designed to support publishers and encourage the creation of audiobooks and e-books.
“The continued increase in the number of grants offered reflects ALC’s commitment to supporting the publishing industry and helping the publishing industry recover, especially after the challenges caused by the pandemic. “, Dr Ali bin Tamim, president of ALC, mentioned.
The 2021 edition of Spotlight on Rights received 1,042 grant applications. Dh 2.3 million were finally distributed in three categories: Dh 1.67 for 138 printed books, Dh 230,000 for 41 audio books and Dh 449,807 for 123 electronic books.
A printed children’s book receives 9,000 Dh, while other printed books receive 15,000 Dh each. The values of the subsidies for the conversion of a printed book into an e-book range from Dh 3,700 to Dh4,700, while the subsidy for the recording of an audio book ranges from Dh 5,500 to 9,000.
“At ALC, we believe in supporting the publishing industry with a comprehensive strategy that establishes the necessary platforms, fosters engagement, and connects the publisher, the creative community and the audience. This strategy provides publishers with direct incentives and supports them with positive initiatives to help boost production and accelerate the full recovery of the sector, ”said Mouza Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of ALC.
Once a grant is approved, the publisher receives the first payment, equal to 60 percent of the total value of the grant. After that, the publisher receives the second payment, equal to 40 percent of the total value, when the first translated book manuscript or a draft of the eBook or audio book is submitted.
Since its launch in 2009, the Spotlight on Rights program has supported 612 books with a total value of 1.8 million Dh. In 2020, the program introduced audiobook and e-book grants to help accelerate the development of the publishing industry around the world.