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2018.06.29 Seoul International Book Fair 2018
The 24th Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF) will be held for four days starting from 6/20 to 6/24 at the COEX Convention & Exhibition Center in the Gangnam District of Seoul. Under the theme of “New Definition,” the host states, “We would also like to re-arrange the boundary of reading and publishing by redefining the people who publish and read books.”

Korea is not the only country that is experiencing a serious drop in readership, but due to the legal revision that took place in 2014, book prices became fixed. As a result, the discount war between large-scale books stores were eliminated, which encouraged the younger generation to open up unique bookstores and gave rise to the need for readers to look for books customized to their taste. Amidst this situation, at last year’s book fair, about 60 colorful, independent bookstores and publishers were invited for free to showcase their works. Subsequently, exhibitors from all over the country gave a special flare as opposed to the presentation-heavy venue. In addition, if visitors happened to inform the host in advance of their interests or issues, either a writer or a critic would look for books that were in alignment to the visitor’s taste. This so-called “sommelier of books” program allowed these experts to directly meet with these visitors to recommend the books they found. This service was a hit and last year’s number of visitors at SIBF exceeded that of the year before last by twice the amount.

The Czech Republic will be the guest of honor this year. It has been 100 years from the founding of Czechoslovakia and 50 years from Prague Spring. It also happens to be a milestone year for the Republic as it celebrates its 25th year since its founding and partitioning from Slovakia. It is the first time for Czech’s books to be comprehensively introduced to Korea. The main exhibition will be comic books, as it enjoys its peak period by artists who earned their freedom to create after the democratic movement began in 1989.  

It is expected to be an attractive book fair from its undertaking to close the distance between books and readers.

For more details, please visit the following website:
 
http://sibf.or.kr/

http://www.pace.or.jp/report/2017/rep_Seoul.html

https://magazine.manba.co.jp/2018/01/26/czech-comic/

http://www.ejmt.org/download/201705/2.pdf