I don’t know about you, but book fairs are one of my biggest weakness.
Living in a country where English books are pretty expensive and foreign literature is a rarity, book fairs are great opportunity for me to get cheap books and explore new types of books. In my country, there are two famous annual book fairs that are anticipated: Big Bad Wolf book sale and Indonesia International Book Fair (IIBF).
Big Bad Wolf is literally a discounted books book fair, where the books sold can be discounted up to 80%. If I’m not mistaken, BBW is also held in other SEA countries such as Malaysia and Philippines; in Indonesia, due to its popularity, it’s held twice a year despite in different cities. Meanwhile IIBF often collaborates with other country with a specific theme, thus allowing me to know more about the countries literature and writers. I mean, sure, the final cost might be expensive, but it doesn’t diminish the wonders of browsing through rows and rows of books, as well as getting to know more things about literary and publishing.
But what about other countries? What if you plan a trip abroad on a certain time and want to know what book fair might be held at that time? Worry not, because KOTOBEE has compiled a list of international book fairs from around the world. The list is divided by continents, so it’s easy if you want to hop on a train or an airplane and schedule your trip around the fairs. The closest one is Warsaw Book Fair on May 23-26, and the most anticipated book fair in the bookish world, Book Expo America (BEA) also will happen this month!
I’m going to stay in Singapore for my internship during the Summer, so of course I had to consult this list. Unfortunately, there is no book fair at that time but there’s one in Malaysia, so we’ll see whether I can make the trip of not 😆 There are so many fairs I want to go to, mainly anything that involves rare books and young adult! KOTOBEE also created some infographics divided by months, so it will make it easier for you to look around 💙
Thank you to the team at KOTOBEE for compiling this list! The infographic and information belongs to KOTOBEE.
Did you see your country on your list? Is there any fairs you are going to come to? Or is there any dates coincides with your trip?