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Dar Kreidieh, Lebanon

Mr Hani Kreidieh, Director of DAR KREIDIEH, discusses the challenges of bookselling in the Arab world from his base in the Lebanon.

What is the name of your shop? DAR KREIDIEH for Printing, Publishing, & Distributing.

Where is the shop? It is in the capital city, Beirut.

How large is the shop? 65 sq metres.

How many people work there? Six persons, including the two directors.

What kinds of books do you sell?
We are publishers and book distributors, as well as publishers’ representatives. We basically sell our own publications, which range from children books to academic books as well as novels, in Arabic as well as English. We also display and sell books in English in nearly all genres.

How long have you had the business? Fourteen years.

Where do your customers come from? Our customers are mainly libraries, bookshops, students as well as individual customers.

How would you describe the current state of the book trade in the Lebanon? Unfortunately, the book trade in my country, as well as in the region, is going well down.

What do you most enjoy about being a bookseller? We sell books, which I regard as a decent commodity!

Is there anything that you don’t like about being a bookseller? The drop down of the readership in the region.

How do you choose which books to stock? That quite depends on the customer needs, as well as on individual preference. Basically, I do like to place orders for books, which is a quite costly habit!

Do you organise events in your shop, such as book signings? Not yet.

Which books are selling well at the moment? Children books.

Do you sell books online?
Not yet.

How do you get your books from the UK? We use a freight consolidator.

Batch and Your Business

How long have you been using Batch? Since 2006.

How does Batch help your business? It well organises our payments to UK publishers and distributors, and saves us individual transfer charges.

Is there anything we could do to improve our service to you? All is well. The more publishers you acquire, the better for us it would be.

Mailing Address:
DAR KREIDIEH for Printing, Publishing, & Distributing
P.O. Box: 115-16 - Spinneys Jnah, 5712 Beirut

Physical Address:
DAR KREIDIEH for Printing, Publishing, & Distributing
Beirut Arab University Area
Iskandarani Building # 6, GF
Contact: tel/fax +961-1-854182