Travel is the theme of this year’s Hong Kong Book Fair, which opened on Wednesday, to highlight books about the thrill of exploring foreign destinations and unique cultures.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the fair organizer, expects more than a million people to attend the annual event for book lovers at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, the same turnout as in the previous three years, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
There are exhibitors’ booths that offer in-depth travel books delving into the history and culture of various countries and regions as well as travel guides on commercial tourist attractions.
HKTDC deputy executive director Benjamin Chau admitted it is difficult not to include commercial elements in travel books.
Jimmy Pang Chi-ming, president of publishing house Subculture Ltd., has a rather gloomy view of this year’s book sales.
Pang said the local publishing industry has been seeing a continued decline in publication volume in recent years, and cited his company which only published 15 books this year.
Subculture used to print 2,000 to 3,000 copies of a newly published book, but this year it only came out with 1,000 copies of each new publication.
This year, Pang’s company focuses on history and showcases a selection of new titles, including a book on the 1967 riots in Hong Kong, Apple Daily reported.
The fair, which runs until next Tuesday, marks its 28th anniversary this year.
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