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Taipei book fair to have first simplified Chinese book pavilion

Taipei book fair to have first simplified Chinese book pavilion

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) The Taipei International Book Exhibition will set up a simplified Chinese book pavilion for the first time this year to familiarize local readers with books from China, organizers said Monday. The pavilion will showcase over 50,000 books from some 300 Chinese publishers, covering topics ranging from art and literature to healthcare and computers, Wang Cheng-hui, general manager of Chinese Creation Publishing Co., which is organizing the pavilion, said at a press conference in Taipei. "It is still difficult for readers to see a comprehensive collection (of books from China) in Taiwan right now," Wang said. As books published in China usually cost much less than those published in Taiwan, local bookstore chains are unlikely to introduce comprehensive collections of Chinese books, as they would be unable to maintain cost effectiveness, Wang told reporters after the press conference. Therefore, most bookstores that sell simplified Chinese books are independent operations and often do not have the ability to provide large collections, Wang explained. He expressed hope that the pavilion will help Taiwanese readers gain a better understanding of books published in China and help local publishers get to know their readers' tastes in simplified Chinese books. An event will also be hosted Jan. 30 to allow publishers from China and Taiwan to interact with each other, Wang said. The exhibition, now in its 21st year, will run Jan. 30-Feb. 4 at the Taipei World Trade Center. This year's fair has received over 800 registrations by publishers, and 500 writers from home and abroad are expected to attend. It attracted a record number of 600,000 visitors last year. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2020-12-04 05:25 GMT+08:00