Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) The number of attendees for the 2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) was approximately 530,000 people, representing a decrease of 8.6 percent from last year, the organizer of the book show said Sunday.
Chao Cheng-ming (趙政岷), Taipei Book Fair Foundation chairman, said that due to the cold, rain and earthquake, the number of TIBE visitors was seen 50,000 less than last year.
Referring to the sales of exhibitors, the amount may have dipped by 10 to 20 percent year-on-year, Chao said. “The overall sales of books and carry bags were seen less than the previous year,” he said.
However, the number of publishers participating in the exhibition went up 10 percent from the previous year, while the number of seminars and other activities held along the six-day show also increased by 27 percent, said Chao. “There was an average of 200 activities a day during the exhibition,” he noted.
The TIBE, with Israel as this year’s theme country, has attracted attention from many publishers across the world, including Germany, Finland, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong, Chao said.
The Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei Representative Asher Yarden said he was pleased to present Israel’s literature, authors, culture and spirit of innovation at the TIBE which was kicked off Feb. 6 and ran through Sunday.
The Israeli authors who participated in the book show were impressed by Taiwan’s hospitality, Yarden said.
The Taipei Book Fair Foundation has announced that Germany will be next year’s TIBE theme country.
Speaking after the announcement, German Institute Taipei Director General Martin Eberts praised the book show’s success and attributed it to Taiwan’s free and open society. He said that it is a great honor for Germany to be next year’s exhibition theme country.
(By Sabine Cheng and William Yen)