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Bangkok World Book Capital 2008

The Thai Publishing and Bookselling Association had a stand at this London Book Fair (March 5-7). They were in London under the support of the Depart of Export Promotion.

Thanachai Santchaikul, President of PUBAT, said: “We are working with the Governor of Bangkok and the Government to drive Bangkok’s efforts to become World Book Capital 2008. This is being made because all those involved are cooperating in a strong programme of ideas to enhance reading among the Thai people. We also have freedom to express ideas, to publish and to distribute publications.”

Some interesting statistics:

-The value of trade book sales increased 12% in 2005 -11,680 titles were published in Thailand in 2004 -12.65% of the titles published in 2004 were translations – a 38% increase over the previous year -Fiction accounted for 62% of the translated titles

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