The 27th Taipei International Book Exhibition (TiBE) was held from February 12-17, 2019 in the Exhibition Hall of the Taipei World Trade Center. National Central Library took an innovative approach with its booth this year, using the theme “From Author to Reader.” On display was views and visages of different eras in Taiwan’s publishing history. On the afternoon of February 12, NCL held an opening ceremony for its booth. Hongfan Bookstore’s executive publisher Ye, Bu-rong , Yuan-Liou Publishing Co.’s Chairman of the Board Jung-wen Wang, Founder of Erya Publishing and renowned author Ke, Qing-hua (aka Yindi), General Manager of Liberty Stationery Corp. Chen-yu Hou, and Qun Chuan Mei’s Executive Director Pang, Wen-chen were all present, and each donated valuable artifacts and historical documents to National Central Library. Director-general Tseng personally received the donations and presented each with a certificate of appreciation. Locus Publishing Company’s Chairman of the Board Hao, Ming-yi and other special guests were also in attendance.
National Central Library’s Director-general Shu-hsien Tseng stated in her remarks that this year the National Central Library Southern Branch and Depository Library will be constructed. NCL is also actively making plans for a Taiwan Publishing Museum that would include a complete collection of the history and artifacts of publishing industry in Taiwan. In addition to the museum’s aim of displaying and reproducing historical developments of the publishing industry in Taiwan, it is also hoped that publishers will participate in this endeavor by donating artifacts and historical documents to NCL, thus working hand-in-hand to provide a complete record of contemporary culture.
The exhibition area was comprised of four main themes: author, publisher, printer, and reader. It showed the various faces of publishing culture, techniques, and ecology that the publishing industry in Taiwan has seen in the last 200 plus years due to the vast fluctuations in culture, language, and political systems. Important artifacts representing each major stage of development were on display. Furthermore, the booth also had an area where visitors could experience movable-type printing. Each day there were different famous quotes from classical works that could be printed and collected.
During the six days of the exhibition, through voting by visitors and selection by experts, NCL’s booth was recognized as the Most Attractive TiBE Exhibit. NCL’s booth was also awarded the 2nd place for the Best Booth Design of Small and Mid-sized Booths. This brought the exhibition to a perfect close.