A young woman browses a book at the Beijing International Book Fair on August 26 in Beijing. Photo: CFP
After five days, the 2015 BIBF (Beijing International Book Fair) ended on Sunday with 4,721 publishing deals signed at the fair, an 8.6 percent year-on-year increase. Attended by more than 2,300 publishers from 82 countries and exhibiting more than 300,000 books, the fair was a banquet for the IP trade and cultural exchanges.
A children's literature exhibition and copyright exchange for countries along the Silk Road
were two of the major focuses of this year's fair.
A 15,000-square-meter hall was transformed for an exhibition featuring children's books from both domestic and overseas publishers. Children's book publishers from 15 Arab countries and 18 domestic publishers signed deals that will see the best of children's literature from China and the Middle East be shared between the two regions.
Given the increasing number of culture exchanges between China and Arabian countries, the China Publishing Group, China's largest publishing company, has worked on expanding cooperation with over 20 countries in the Middle East. At the fair, the publisher announced it closed a deal with Middle Eastern publishers to bring Maodun Literature Prize winner Zhou Daxin's Requiem
to the region. The publishing house's Mottos of Modern Chinese
previously sold more than 10,000 copies in the region - a record for Chinese books sold in the Middle East.
Aiming to be on a par with influential international books fairs, the 2015 BIBF also invited the organizers of the London Book Fair to share their experiences in the publishing industry. Jacks Thomas, the president of the London Book Fair, said that China is currently embracing innovation when it comes to the publishing industry by combining traditional publishing with digital publishing channels.