Sunday, June 26, 2011

Karachi International Book Fair 2011 to commence on December 16

Jumbo Editorial Team

The seventh edition of the Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) will be held at the centrally located Karachi Expo Centre from December 16 to 21, 2011.

Although the official website is still silent about the upcoming event and there’s no word yet from the organizers, it seems certain that there would be no change in the above dates having been announced a year in advance.

The maintenance and updating of websites has remained an issue with many organizations and associations working in Pakistan with the KIBF being no exception.

The KIBF has grown in stature since it was first held in the winter of 2005. The terrific response to the inaugural event had made it evident that it’s going to stay and prosper. So it has happened.

The number of participating countries in 2005 was only three which had gone up to 11 in 2010. The covered area in which the Fair is held has also been doubled inside five years and most significantly the number of visitors has kept enhancing every year.

The KIBF, a non-profit venture, is organized annually by a team of devoted committee members actively involved in the books and publishing industry of the country, under the auspices of the Pakistan Publishers & Booksellers Association. It is supported by the National Book Foundation, an organ of the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan, and managed by Event and Conference International.

The Book Fair provides an exclusive opportunity to reach out to citizens and book lovers in Pakistan’s largest city and trade hub Karachi. It also provides a platform for international book publishers to meet with Pakistan’s Industry specialists and explore business possibilities in this highly potential market.

This premier event brings together domestic and international publishers, booksellers, librarians and institutional customers. The event provides an excellent opportunity to readers to view and purchase the best of local and international publications.

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