Beijing book fair to go virtual in September


BEIJING: This year’s Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) will open online on Sept 26, with an estimated 400,000 types of books on display.

It will be the first virtual fair since the inaugural event back in 1986, the organiser said at a press conference on Wednesday.

The smart BIBF, utilising new technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence, will create an all-year-round communications platform for the international book publishing industry, according to its website.

With Cuba as the Country of Honour, the book fair has attracted more than 1,000 registered online exhibitors from 68 countries and regions, including 29 countries and regions along the Belt and Road routes, the organiser said.

This year’s programme’s includes a copyright trade, a publication exhibition, a global reading festival and the 2020 Beijing International Publishing Forum.

The event is co-hosted by the National Press and Publication Administration, the Science and Technology Ministry, the Beijing municipal government, the Publishers Association of China and China Writers Association. — Xinhua

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