The most sought-after book at the 21st edition of the Gaudeamus International Book Fair that ended yesterday was President-elect Klaus Iohannis’s “Step by Step”, put out by the Curtea Veche publishing house. “The book has sold over 8,000 copies until the closing of the fair,” Curtea Veche Publishing PR manager Miruna Meirosu, told Agerpres, at the wrap-up of the event. “Step by Step” was also designated “The Most Wanted Book of the Fair”, as the organizers announced the closing ceremony.
Gaudeamus Fair honorary director Vladimir Epstein told Agerpres that this year’s edition had a record-high number of around 780 events, and drew a far higher audience than last year.
Against the backdrop of a declining book industry, Epstein said that the Gaudeamus Fair is a “kind of a paradox”. “A recent report-statement of the publishers associations said that the Romanian book market has hit the lowest level since the ’90s. Gaudeamus means a solid commercial success for quite a number of the exhibitors and an extremely useful cash inflow,” said Epstein.
According to the honorary director of the fair, the size of the event is a persuasion on people to buy more books than in a more common setting.
“The grandeur of a book fair event is a kind of a magnet for the public, the more so as it comes with an extremely complete offer. This means an enjoyable epidemic, it’s a disease one catches with pleasure. The visitors see some others’ appetite for books, they see the personalities that populate the fair, they see they can get an autographed book, they rediscover certain values,” said Epstein, who also noted that usually in the advent of winter holidays, books are the most popular gifts.
More than 320 exhibitors were present at this year’s edition of the Gaudeamus Fair, “representing some of the most important segments of the editorial and educational business” and the exhibition surface was about 14,000 square meters, almost the entire capacity of the Romexpo Central Pavilion, the organizers said.
The Gaudeamus International Fair ran from November 19 to 23 in the Central Pavilion of the Romexpo Exhibition Fair and was organized, just like every year, by the Radio Romania Broadcasting Corporation through the Media Radio Romania Cultural Center.