I went to Taipei International Book Exhibition 2006 today.
Titled “international”, it’s actually kind of domestic. The only international parts are the section for international publishers to trade their rights and a “Cultural Diversity in Europe” Pavilion. I couldn’t read German, French or Dutch, but I was interesting in the maps of Taiwan (titled “Ilha Formosa”) and photos of Taiwanese drew or taken by westerners in 17 and 18 century.
The largest Publishing group in Taiwan is Cite – they featured six pavilions last year and I decided not to count again today – it’s just too many. I bought the first four books of Asimov’s Foundation series; the Chinese edition had just re-published in recent years. Also, I happened to meet Jimmy Liao – a famous painter in Taiwan – signing his books in one of a Cite pavilions; Damn, I bring no camera! The pavilion also shows many of his works being translated to English, Japanese and many languages – like A Chance of Sunshine.
Another thing I would do in the book exhibition each year is to bought the latest book from River – an Internet cartoonist. I was surprised that I got a limited signed edition – it didn’t sold out these days after exhibition opening. Looks like that people just don’t support River by action – when they can see most of the work online 🙁 .
National Digital Archives Program features every years, with every years of my visiting and forgeting – they put so many great sites on the web and I just don’t check they out. I should put it in my del.icio.us then 🙂 .
Hall III featured all the major comic publisher (comic, or Japanese animé, is very popular among Taiwanese youths). I tried to get in one of the pavilions and I gave up because every one of them required a 10 mins plus wait.
That’s all for this year’s visit. Hope to see something different next year.