2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition “Power of Reading” Ready to Make Readers Active
6 February 2018 / 2018TIBE

The 2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) will be held from Feb. 6th - 11th at Halls 1 and 3 of the Taipei World Trade Center. Hours of operation are from 10 am - 8 pm from Feb. 6th to 8th, with extended hours until 10 pm on Feb. 9th and 10th. This year’s exhibition is themed “Power of Reading,” and invites Israel as the guest of honor. Up to 60 exhibitors will be accomodated. The book fair will feature ten theme pavilions, five forums, and more than 500 cultural events.


Innovation 1: Guest of Honor—Israel Exhibits Creativity in 6 Senses

The Israel Pavilion has carefully selected more than 200 titles to showcase its cultural essence. It will hold 3 to 6 events every day, including food and wine tastings, Hebrew reading sessions, talks, workshops, and musical events. Four Israeli authors will visit the TIBE: contemporary acclaimed novelist Noa Yedlin, collage artist and caricaturist Hanoch Piven, YA and children’s book author Yannets Levi, and Hebrew language revivalist and culinary writer Gil Hovav. Bestselling author Etgar Keret will also meet visitors in the TIBE through live video chat.


Innovation 2: Age of Reading book Wall Stands at Hall 1, and Hall 3 Entrance Welcomes Visitors with Beautiful Imagery 

The majestic book wall consisting of 2,500 books at the Hall 1 entrance on Xinyi Rd. in Taipei World Trade Center showcases the power of reading and Taiwan’s diverse publishing industry. The Hall 3 entrance on City Hall Rd. is decorated with figures and animals from works of illustrators featured in “Museum of the Fantastic: Taiwan Publishers and Illustrators,” which will bring joy to families.


Innovation 3: Resting areas satisfy various needs, also providing light meal for the first time

The Resting Area A at Hall 1 will include light meal stands for the first time this year. In Hall 3, the resting area is divided into a toddler area and a children area. It is equipped with tents and lounge chairs, which suits the need for both play and rest.


Innovation 4: Swipe and Enter, No Queueing

At Entrances 2, 4, 11, and 20 in Hall 1, as well as entrances on City Hall Rd. and Songzhi Rd. in Hall 3, visitors can enter the halls after swiping their EasyCard, iPass, or iCash card. Also, there is free admission for visitors under 18 with a valid ID. In addition, the TIBE App offers push activities, exhibition news, and other functions, including a ballot for “Best Pavilion Award.”


Innovation 5: Creative Taiwan Animation and Comics Boost Experience with AR Technologies

With augmented reality (AR), visitors can enjoy the combination of Taiwanese culture, comics and technologies, and Taiwanese history at Area C of Hall 1 in the Taipei World Trade Center. In addition, the Taiwan Characters Carnival—which is organized by Taiwan Character Brand Licensing Association (TCBLA)—will also invite characters to interact with people during the exhibition.


Innovation 6: Digital Publishing and Hackathon to Introduce French Publishing Trends

The Digital Publishing Pavilion will exhibit not only featured selections from the “Reading Machine” exhibition as shown by France as Guest of Honor in the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair, but also will show representative digital products from Taiwan, allowing visitors to enjoy the experiences through AR and VR. Meanwhile, Bureau Français de Taipei, Institute for Information Industry (III), and Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF) will jointly hold a hackathon competition with the theme of Taiwan culture comics from 9 am, Feb. 10th to 5 pm on Feb 11th.


Innovation 7: Newly-added Illustrator’s Salon Jointly Presented by 13 Renowned Illustrators at Hall 3

“Museum of the Fantastic: Taiwan Publishers and Illustrators” at Hall 3 will present 136 works from 30 artists, and hundreds of awarded children’s books and illustrated books from Taiwan translated to various languages. At the pavilion, 13 renowned illustrators—including Jimmy Liao and Chin-Lun Lee—will give talks at the Illustrator’s Salon.


Innovation 8: Children’s Pavilion at Hall 3 to Attract Readers with its Handicraft Area and Story House

The “Where the Books Are” interactive exhibition will lead young readers to enjoy reading through problem-solving. A pop-up book theater will be held at 14:00 and 17:00 on Feb. 10th and 11th.


Innovation 9: Join TIBE to Celebrate the Year of Dog, Take Photos, Check-in, and Make Purchases to Win Prizes

During the exhibition, visitors can get limited prizes at event counters by showing their Facebook page with check-in photos taken at salons and youth stage areas in Hall 1 or event areas in Hall 3, set as public posts with hashtag #2018TaipeiInternationalBookExhibition. Visitors will also enjoy benefits in 13 museums—such as the National Museum of Taiwan History—when presenting the TIBE entrance ticket. From Feb. 6th to 11th, purchases amounting NT$888 or more in one day will grant the visitor a chance to win grand prizes, including plane tickets from Taipei to Tokyo, and will make the visitor eligible for a free cup of coffee.


Innovation 10: City Reading Festival Consists of 180 Reading Events Jointly Held by Taipei City, New Taipei City, and Keelung City 

“The City is Reading” consists of 180 reading events in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung, as well as other areas in Taiwan. Everyone is welcome to participate.  




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