Intellect at the Beijing Book Fair



Sunday 5th September saw the close of Beijing’s 18th International Book Fair. This year's event saw a record 2,100 publishing organizations from 60 countries, to showcase over 200,000 new books, periodicals, e-publications and audiovisual products, now making it one of the top four International Book Fairs in the world.

Intellect sent its Director, Mark Lewis, to investigate the Book Fair and to develop new business and relationships within the Chinese publishing and academic community.

The exhibition space was essentially divided into two areas: one area housed representatives from all the major European and Asian countries while the second area housed Chinese publishers, grouped along regional or business-related lines. All the big publishers were present such as Harper Collins, McGraw-Hill, Penguin etc, but the academic publishing community were also well represented, which included Intellect’s North American distributor The University of Chicago Press and their agent in China, Wei Zhao of Everest International Publishing Services.

A number of Chinese authors and contributors already publish with Intellect but, more recently, there has been a growing demand for Chinese translations of some of our titles. Mark met with a number of Chinese publishers and rights agencies during the fair and found genuine excitement both about Intellect’s business ethos and many of our current titles. We now confidently expect to conclude a number of rights contracts over the next few months and have developed relationships that will result in a growing number of translations in the future.

The quantity and quality of Chinese academic work is astounding and far too little of it is reaching the western world, often because of the language barrier. As the champion of the author, Intellect is determined to bring more Chinese authors’ work to the west. Outside of the Book Fair, Mark met with some of our current Chinese authors to discuss further publishing opportunities and, on his last day in Beijing, met with three professors of the Beijing Film Academy; Professor YAO Guo Qiang, Professor HAIZHOU Wang and Professor LIU Jun, and Alick, a student of Professor Yao who assisted in setting up the meeting and with translation.

The Beijing Film Academy is extremely prestigious and well known throughout the world. It has won many prizes over the years in film festivals worldwide and it’s quality of teaching and research has also won many accolades. Following a tour of the academy a wide range of topics were discussed and it quickly became apparent that there were many areas of synergy between our two organisations, which could allow us to work together both to bring their academics work to the west and to bring Intellect’s publications to China. We hope for and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

Image caption: Mark Lewis (Centre) with Professor YAO Guo Qiang on his right and Professor HAIZHOU Wang on his left. In the second photo is Alick, a student of
Professor YAO, who helped set up the meeting and also helped with

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