2008 Taipei Book Fair

Show me Australia Photography Competition at the 2008 Taipei Book Fair

The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) is now on at the Taipei World Trade Centre. The theme of last year's exhibition was Russia and this year it is Australia. The exhibition is a major event for Asian publishers and there is a huge range of books on display. 

Tony and Maureen Wheeler of Lonely Planet fame being interviewed at the 2008 Taipei Book Fair

I was keen to see Tony Wheeler and lo and behold minutes after entering the hall I saw him being interviewed along with his wife Maureen at the Australian Pavillion. Other Australian authors attending the event include Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, and illustrator Shaun Tan.

Chinese-language editions of Lonely Planet books at the 2008 Taipei Book Fair

Lonely Planet now publishes Chinese-language editions of some of its guidebooks. I am sure Tony and Maureen Wheeler's visit to Taiwan will help raise the company's profile here.  

Shieh Jhy-wey the Taiwan GIO Minister in the Textbox at the Taipei Book Fair

Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉) is pictured above in the Textbox. He is doing a rap in Hoklo Taiwanese (when he is not rapping he serves as the Minister for the GIO). This innovation (the Textbox not Shieh's rapping) was bought to Taipei from the Frankfurt Book Fair. It allows readers to get up close to an author. The author is in a glass box while the audience listens in via headphones. 

One book for NT$100 at the 2008 Taipei Book Fair

I only bought one book at the exhibition and it was a great bargain. It is at the bottom left-hand corner of the photo above. It is called 省錢環島遊 or Money Saving Guide Around Taiwan and cost just NT$100. It recommends lots of free and cheap things to do around Taiwan with maps and descriptions.  

Cute cosplay girl at 2008 Taipei Book Fair

Hall 2 of the TWTC is dedicated to anime and manga (comics or graphic novels). It was very lively with plenty of people buying up the latest manga. Hall 3 is for children's books. There is plenty to see and do there. 

The exhibition continues at the Taipei World Trade Centre until Monday 18 February. More information is available at the Taipei International Book Exhibition website.  

*more photos in the 2008 Taipei Book Fair photoset at flickr.  

4 thoughts on “2008 Taipei Book Fair

  1. Hey, David! I only just ‘discovered’ your blog via Flickr.
    Your Flickr photos are always a treat for me because you portray Taiwan life so wonderfully. Now that I know you have a blog, I’m sure I’ll be coming for more of the same. 🙂

  2. I’d like to say ‘good on ya’ to Kevin Rudd for his making a formal apology on behalf of the Australian government to the indigenous peoples of Australia. This was long overdue, and I hope it brings about a true and lasting reconciliation. All Australians can be justly proud of their prime minister.

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