First live London Book Fair since start of 2019_Xinhua


A woman walks out of a stall at the London Book Fair in London, Britain, April 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ying)

LONDON, April 5 (Xinhua) — The first in-person London Book Fair, one of the world’s largest publishing fairs, kicked off on Tuesday after suspensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic since 2019.

The Fair, launched in 1971, will continue until Thursday with more than 900 exhibitors.

The event was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was offered in virtual format last year.

“It makes a big difference to see people because you don’t get quite the same buzz in a Zoom meeting. It will lead to a lot more business,” said children’s editor Janetta Otter-Barry. .

“Publishing is a creative industry and you thrive on learning from others. We’re excited to come back and network with writers and editors,” said Jane Rowland of publisher Troubador.

Guo Guang, general manager of China Youth Press International Ltd., told Xinhua that he has noticed a growing international demand for books on China’s art, history and modern development.

This year, more than 60 Chinese publishers participated in the event.

A man reads a book at a stall at the London Book Fair in London, Britain, April 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ying)

A man speaks at a Chinese book stall at the London Book Fair in London, Britain, April 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ying)

A man walks past a stall at the London Book Fair in London, Britain, April 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ying)

People chat at a Chinese book stall at the London Book Fair in London, Britain, April 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ying)

Photo taken on April 5, 2022 shows a scene at the London Book Fair in London, Britain. (Xinhua/Li Ying)

Photo taken on April 5, 2022 shows a scene at the London Book Fair in London, Britain. (Xinhua/Li Ying)

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