The fair attracts 600 publishers and authors from more than 30 countries.
First held in 1963, the Jerusalem International Book Fair is a unique biennial event drawing many heads of publishing houses, agents, sales personnel, foreign rights representatives, editors and authors -- and, of course, lots and lots of buyers perusing 100,000 books in different languages from more than 30 countries.
At the 26th Jerusalem International Book Fair in February 2013, Ilan Greenfield of Gefen Publishing House remarks, "We meet here many, many people from different places of the world. Israel has probably the highest number of books written per capita a year. There is definitely a reason why we are called the 'people of the book.'"
"It's very international," adds one book fair visitor. "There are lots of publishing houses; it's also very Israeli because there are a lot of special things that are only Israeli or Jewish."
"It's a great opportunity to meet others, to meet editors, to meet translators, to meet publishers," adds Rohring Geza, a writer from Budapest.
"This kind of book fairs and the exchange of thoughts is very good for peaceful bonding between nations and as well as people," states Bashir Shaikk, a publisher from India.
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