E-readers may be taking over America, but printed books are still doing well in Taiwan. Taipei just hosted its annual international book exhibition and reported a record 590,000 visitors. The former chairman of the exhibition and the head of Taiwan’s Linking Publishing Company was awarded with knighthood by France for his efforts in encouraging cultural exchange between France and Taiwan through books.
Internationally renowned Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder also spoke at the exhibition, which was his first visit to Taiwan. Gaarder is the author of the philosophical adventure Sophie’s World, which teaches the history of philosophy in an engaging and entertaining way.
How I wish authors like Gaarder would come to a book fair in New York City!