TEHRAN (IBNA) - CEO of Iran’s Book and Literature House Institute Ali Ramezani said at a meeting of the Programming Council of the 30th Book Week that book industry is the largest culture industry of the country.
The third meeting of the Programming Council of the 30th Book Week of the Islamic Republic of Iran was held on Wednesday with Ali Ramezani who is also the Secretary of the 30th Book Week of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the members of the council in attendance at Iran’s Book and Literature House Institute.
In the beginning, Ramezani referred to the motto of the 30th Book Week of Iran, “We Are What We Read” and said: “We have tried to take consideration of all different groups of book readers; Many of them have achieved their current position through books.
“Bookstore Buying System” will be unveiled in the book week and will be of great help to bookstores. During the book week, we’ll try to make the public space of the society take on the color and smell of books because the books are able to appease the mood of the society.”
“From various aspects such as economic volume, number of activists, the volume of production and level of influence, the book industry is the largest cultural industry in the country. We in Iran’s Book and Literature House as the center which records statistics and information on books in the country can provide explanations on this issue,” he said.
From an economic point of view, based on statistics 65,000 billion rials books have been sold Some of these statistics have not been announced due to under-reporting or lack of reporting. In terms of the number of activists and centers active in the field of books and reading, this industry is still the forerunner.”
“For example, more than six thousand librarians are active in the public libraries of the country.
Also, last year, we had over 5000 active publishers in the country, and the information of more than 28,000 literati has been registered in the data bank of Iran’s Book and Literature House,” he pointed out.
Ramezani went on to say: “The third index is the bulk of production. Last year, over 111,000 books were published in the country, of which over 80,000 were first editions.”
“If we exclude textbooks and academic books from the total number of books published in the country, there will be a huge number of first edition books in the country.”
“And finally the fourth indicator is the level of influence which helps to improve the existing concept in the publishing environment of the country,” CEO of Iran’s Book and Literature House added.