Guadalajara Book Fair, Mexico 2008
Held annually, the Guadalajara International Book Fair is the leading book fair in Latin America. In December 2008 the 22nd fair attracted representatives from 1,600 publishers from 39 countries. The fair, known as the FIL (Feria Internacional del Libro), is also open to the general public, who can buy books from the stands. It is a major cultural festival with a range of events from literary readings to concerts. Overall half a million people attended the fair, at which the guest of honour was Italy.
The Fair paid homage to the Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes in the year of his 80th birthday, and amongst the guests were Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carlos Monsivais.
The FIL is run by the University of Guadalajara, which also organizes conferences at the fair for industry professionals. At the forum for academic publishers, Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, spoke about ‘Epublishers: from theory to practice'. He examined the move from product to content, and from product to service, by digital publishers, and the implications for their strategy and working methods. He discussed the ways in which publishers can add value in the digital world, from extra functionality to the development of online networks and communities.
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