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Lebanon's Arabic book fair, Maarad al-Kitab, opened at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure center Friday.For its 61st edition, BIEL's hangarlike space is playing host to 225 publishers from around the region, 160 of them Lebanese.The syndicate's website suggests that, of 700 registered publishers in Lebanon, some 200 are active.Publishers agreed that sales in Arabic-language book titles decline from year to year.One is the participation of a Ukrainian publishing house, whose attendance celebrates 25 years of Lebanese-Ukrainian friendship.The proliferation of electronic books has heralded a revolution in global book distribution, including Arabic-language books.
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