Jumbo Editorial Team
The management of the Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) has started its preparations for holding the eighth edition of the fair from December 6 to 10. This year as well the event will be organized by the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association (PPBA) with the collaboration of the National Book Foundation (NBF), an organ of the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan.
It’s being envisaged that, like the previous years, the number of visitors at the KIBF will continue to register an upward trend and there would be longer queues of bookworms at the Karachi Expo Centre, housed in the centrally located and easily accessible Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
From one hall in the inaugural year of 2005, the total covered area of the exhibition has increased manifolds and it has been spread over Halls 1, 2 & 3 of the spacious Karachi Expo Centre having ample space for parking inside its premises.
The booking of stalls for the KIBF 2012 has already started with the early bird discount still on offer. The national exhibitors can save Rs 5,000 by paying for the stall by the deadline of September 15 while the international exhibitors can avail a discount of US $ 100 by making full payment before the same date.
The participation charges for standard size stall of three by three meters in the KIBF 2012 for the national exhibitors are Rs 43,000 while the foreign participants have to acquire it at a price of US $ 800.
In order to facilitate and encourage the foreign as well as the outstation visitors, the KIBF has made arrangements for hotel accommodation at special rates.
The KIBF, having become the premier book trade event, continues to grow and the organizers remain committed to incorporate changes to make it more inter-active and draw larger pool of bookworms residing in different parts of the metropolis.