World Bulletin / News Desk
"Bibliophiles" from Egypt and abroad visit the "44th Cairo International Book Fair" which hosts 735 publishers from 25 countries.
The fair takes place from 23 January until 5 February at the fair ground in Nasr City. Twenty-five countries, including 17 from the Arab world, will take part. Libya is the guest of honour.
The general layout of the fair is unchanged from last year but Sour Al-Azbakeya, the second-hand book market, has been redesigned and housed in a new tent.
President Mohammed Morsi inaugurated the fair, ending the controversy over whether he would do so or not. However, he did not meet with intellectuals as former president Hosni Mubarak had done, meeting publishers instead.
Many publishers were still unpacking their books and putting them on the shelves after the fair opened. Some publishing houses had already displayed their books but they preferred to close down their wings until Thursday.
Published books in politics, economy, society, science, religion and arts, children's books, magazines and e-publications took their places at the book stands.
The fair will be running until February 5 however, in the case of receiving high number of visitors, they may extend the closing date.Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2013, 16:42