Bigger and Better, with eBooks and Social Media too!
The Manila International Book Fair is the book lover’s Mecca, a yearly pilgrimage to find holiness--books. Many book lovers look forward to this event - new books, cheaper bargains and the rare book signings by popular authors or book launchings by new authors.
The convention is an annual
shopping event for school librarians and it is also a place for book
signing events by popular authors, seasoned storytellers talking about
craft, and a convention with seminars for those who wish to learn more
about the book trade. There was also a robot demonstration on promoting science and technology in education training. The 35th MIBF now even promotes digital reading like the eBook format or new social media platforms like Wattpad. Here is our picture blog of the event showing what was
offered by all of the good book shops and publishers in out country at
The SMX Hall where the entrance to the 35th Manila International Book Fair reveals treasure! Best value books, no matter the cost, for everyone who wants to learn and read.
Scholastic Asian Book 2014 grand prize Winner Ms. Sofia
Marie Lee delivers a message of
inspiration to all book lovers.
Ms. Irene Lloren, President of Primetrade
Asia, Inc. recalls her first time attending the book fair and talked
about the challenges of promoting book reading to all Filipinos.
The Viva PsiCom partnership offering some of the best reading for young readers, and some of them are already made into popular movies this year.
One of the most popular titles: Talk back and you're dead! Already made into a popular movie!
Tahanan Books, publisher of children's books and also the sister publishing arm of Precious Hearts Romance.
The Summit Media booth offering your favorite discounted magazines.
Pop fiction, the Wattpad JUGGERNAUT for romances for young and mature readers.
Phoenix Publishing, one of the mainstays of learning publications in the country.
More popular romance fiction available from publisher PastryBug!
Our favorite bookstore, National Bookstore, the only local bookstore that sells hard to find, and very good, ex-library U.S. books for P100 and less!
MegaViz, a local publisher and distributor of Chinese translated art books on digital art and design as well as popular art reference books from China and HongKong.
As you can see from their offerings, you get best value for Art Reference Books by the best Asian digital designers around.
The real FIND of the Manila International Book Fair are books offering fantastic cultural reference especially for storytellers like us, from comics and graphic novels, to children's fables.
If you want to sharpen your language skills, buy a foreign language book and read it like a native speaker. You also learn important cultural norms about the language as well as the people who speak it.
Spanish language Comics and Graphic Novels, Children's Books too! WOOT!
The Spanish curator, showcasing one of the Spanish Classics, a children's story collection, EGUBERRIA from NEREA.
Another secret find for storytelling fans like we, the booth of the Embassy of Czech Republic!
Czech legends and fantasy, even science fiction too! Eastern European tales in their native language! Learning a foreign language like Czech and learning cultural nuances of their country is priceless for the price of one of their books!
A poster offering cultural insights into the Czech Republic inside their booth.
The Goethe Institut offering mostly travel books and art and philosophy books.
Fully Booked, probably one of the most complete bookstores, they have the best books in art and design reference, fiction, management, learning, and creativity.
The Comic Book section behind the Fully Booked booth.
Felta, another local provider of educational materials for children and young adults.
Emerald Headway, local distributor of some of the most popular magazines like Reader's Digest.
The learning arm of Disney, offering English language teaching materials.
CE Logic, one of the new local providers of eBooks for learning!
100,000 eBooks available from CE-Logic is no small offering. Check them out too!
The Ateneo de Manila University Press, offering scholarly reading from its extensive library of publications.
Anvil Publishing one of the local mainstays supporting the equivalent of OPM, but instead original Filipino reading for Fiction and NonFiciton, as well as textbooks too.
The ADARNA HOUSE booth, offering the best in dual language-learning for kids, English-Filipino picture books and activity books.
Rex Publishing's grand design for their shop's booth, Rex offers textbooks as well as entertaining reads.
Booklat.com.ph offers another story sharing service like Wattpad for local writers. Check it out!
Bugo is a mobile app offering free magazine downloads as well as paid downloads of local magazines, most popular are the local entertainment magazines.
Bugo offers self-publishing services too so check out their publish on demand arrangements.
There were many tables like this at the Book Fair, some offering books as cheap as P10 for local popular romances. Remember to save up next year for a month to bring home a library!
The Manila International Book Fair will keep attracting
Filipino book readers and lovers in years to come. As the world
embraces a digital reading experience, where most of us will be doing
our reading on digital tablets and smart phone screens, MIBF will still
be here keeping with the times. But of course traditional books will
never ever go out of the fashion. No true book lover would trade their old, beloved, musty, hardcopy book collection for a glass brick library.