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Rights deals up at 2018 Beijing International Book Fair

The Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) has reported a 7.9% increase in rights deals at this year’s fair compared with deals made at the 2017 fair.

Organisers say that a total of 5678 rights deals were made at the 2018 fair, which concluded on Sunday 26 August. This comprises 3610 export deals and 2068 import deals, representing increases of 11.3% and 2.5%, respectively.

‘The increase in export copyright is testament to the increasing overseas interest in the Chinese literature scene, and the recognition of the quality of writing available to international publishers,’ said Liying Lin, vice president of the China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation, which organises the fair and is the largest publication import/export company, with over 60% of the market share.

This year’s fair also saw a new dedicated children’s publishing forum run alongside the main program, as well as a two-day digital publishing forum.

According to BIBF, more than 2500 exhibitors from 93 countries and regions attended this year’s fair, with over half of attendees (1520) coming from overseas. BIBF organisers say the fair is ‘now one of the largest international book fair platforms in the world, second only to the Frankfurt Book Fair’.

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