Book fair opens with record number of exhibitors
19 October 2005, FRANKFURT - The Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's biggest annual book show, began Wednesday in the German city with a record number of exhibitors seeking to expand sales of both books and rights to translate them.
19 October 2005
FRANKFURT - The Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's biggest annual book show, began Wednesday in the German city with a record number of exhibitors seeking to expand sales of both books and rights to translate them.
After counting last-minute bookings, organizers said there were 7,223 firms present advertising everything from poetry and encyclopaedias to indestructible plastic books for babies.
The exhibitors came from 101 nations. While U.S. and British publishers dominate the international aisles of the fair, South Korea is this year making a major effort to promote book exports with a special cultural programme for the German public.
Organizers said they regretted that North Korea was not represented, since Korea as a whole had been invited to put on the show. South Korean poet noted that 200 authors from north and south had met for the first time this summer.
"I hope this does not remain a one-off affair," he said, noting that the authors were committed to jointly researching a major dictionary of the Korean language.
South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan said in opening remarks late Tuesday that a "wall" remained between cultures of the Orient and Occident despite the enormous improvements in transport between east and west.
Of the 1,000 authors who will attend the fair this year to shake hands with booksellers, 40 will be from South Korea. Every year the fair is attended by about 270,000 trade visitors and book lovers.
On the final day, the fair organizers will hand the German Book Trade Peace Prize to Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish novelist who has been abused in his homeland for suggesting that Turkey re-examine its conflict with Armenians.
Subject: German news