The Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), Asia’s largest book fair, has announced plans for its 28th edition, a hybrid fair in both physical and digital formats.
The five-day book fair will bring together all the important Chinese publishing houses, international publishers based in China, and related exhibitors under one roof.
For international publishers who are not able to travel due to Covid-19 travel restrictions but would still like a physical presence, the fair has launched a new service: SMART!Assistant. Assistants will be provided onsite during the event to present international publishers titles to interested Chinese publishers and forward their contacts afterwards. Alternatively, publishers can send their books to a dedicated collective space at the fair designed to showcase the latest international adult and children book titles. The deadline to register books for the collective space is 30 June 2021.
Together with SMART!Assistant, BIBF has extended its online services at SMART!BIBF, where publishers can be present at events and seminars and enjoy continued access for 365 days following the event (more info on www.bibf.net from June). SMART!BIBF, which was launched in 2020 and attracted more than 1,400 publishers in total, including over 580 Chinese publishers and institutions, is designed to help publishers conduct their rights business online. With more than 38,000 copyright titles on display, it has attracted over one billion visits in 2020.