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24 Another issue in book distribution is the individual outlets in which publishers and distributors sell their works. In this regard, there are three main sales outlets: book fairs and exhibitions, bookstores, and libraries. Book fairs and exhibitions provide the most lucrative sales channels. 26 These book fairs provide several sales advantages. For one, the publishers can sell directly to the public and thus remove the distribution intermediary. Often, they are able to sell the books at a discount, promoting sales even further (Rayyis, 2007).
In May 2008, the West Bank held its ﬁrst literature festival, “Palestinian Festival of Literature: The Power of Culture Versus the Culture of Power” (Addley, 2008). This event was sponsored, in part, by the British Council and UNESCO (Addley, 2008). In February 2009, Dubai also played host to the inaugural Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature. In addition to public readings by authors and author-hosted workshops, the festival devoted a day to promoting children’s literacy (Florian, 2008).
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