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December 23, 2015

QF Realigns Publishing House to Form HBKU Press

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Following a successful seven-year partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Qatar Foundation (QF)is to launch its own publishing house called Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press).
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HBKU Press will publish children’s books, fiction, academic, and education books in both English and Arabic.

Created in 2008, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation (BQF), was a partnership between the two entities and included under its umbrella both a publishing house and an academic research publisher, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ), respectively.

Having achieved its purpose by establishing a strong publishing framework in Qatar, both entities recently agreed to end their successful partnership.This progression of BQFP to HBKU Press will continue to provide a unique local and international platform for Arabic and English language literature, literacy, scholarship, research, discovery and learning.

HBKU Press will continue the tradition of releasing books of excellence and originality, promoting the love of reading and writing and transferring publishing and related skills to Qatar through regular internships and secondments.

During its tenure, BQFP published more than 200 titles in fiction, non-fiction, art, academics, and business for an audience of adults and young children alike. The partnership also introduced ‘Ready, Steady, Read’, a pilot training programme with hands-on activities for developing an active and stimulating school library.
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Among its other successes, BQFP authors were honoured with international literary awards, including the First Book Award by the Edinburgh International Festival of Literature and the High Commendation by the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation.

HBKU Press will also take on the work of BQFJ, which was responsible for launching the Middle East’s first open access, academic research platform, QScience.com.

BQFJ also used its QScience platform to provide a home to the proceedings of many conferences held in Qatar, making them citeable and archived for future generations.

More recently BQFJ expanded into academic publishing, with a wide range of freely-available books online covering subjects such as psychology, migrant worker rights, Islamic finance, and archaeology.

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