History

  • October 1947: Educational Exhibition
  • December 1954: 2nd Book Fair
  • October 1983: 26th Book Fair
  • October 1991: 34th Book Fair
  • July 1993: 35th Book Fair
  • May 1995: 38th Book Fair-promoted to an international book fair by the International Publishers Association (IPA)

About SIBF

The Seoul International Book Fair began as a national book fair in 1954 and rose to the international level in 1995. With the goals of globalizing Korean publishing, strengthening the competitiveness of the publishing industry, establishing a reading atmosphere in Korean society, and expanding cultural opportunities for Koreans, SIBF is establishing itself as one of the major book fairs of the world.

Mission

– Creating a new publishing culture for a culture-oriented era
– Strengthening the Korean publishing industry’s competitiveness in the world
– Expanding the national knowledge base by promoting a culture of reading
– Vitalizing publishing and reading information exchange
– Raising awareness of publishing culture in the general public Increasing exports of Korean publication rights and strengthening global marketing
June 2019 SIBF 2019 (25th)
Slogan Arrival
Guest of Honor: Hungary
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June 2018 SIBF 2018 (24th)
Slogan New Definition
Guest of Honor: Czech Republic
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June 2017 SIBF 2017 (23rd)
Slogan Meta-morphosis
Guest of Honor: Turkey
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June 2016 SIBF 2016 (22nd)
Slogan Let’s Get to Know Each Other Through Books and Design the Future
Guest of Honor: France
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October 2015 SIBF 2015 (21st)
Slogan Publishing Industry: Reading about 70 Years Since Liberation and Writing about the Next 100 Years
Guest of Honor: Italy
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June 2014 SIBF 2014 (20th)
Slogan Encountering the World Through Books, Dreaming of the World Through Books
Guest of Honor: Oman
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June 2013 SIBF 2013 (19th)
Slogan Books, People, and the Future
Guest of Honor: India
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June 2012 SIBF 2012 (18th)
Slogan Open Books, See the Future
Guest of Honor: Saudi Arabia
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May 2011 SIBF 2011 (17th)
Slogan Books: A Thousand Eyes that Look into the Future
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May 2010 SIBF 2010 (16th)
Slogan Books through the Future, the Future through Books
Guest of Honor: France
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May 2009 SIBF 2009 (15th)
Slogan Expansion of Books, Imagination of Books. Start from the Books, Again.
Guest of Honor: Japan
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May 2008 SIBF 2008 (14th)
Slogan The Path of Books, the Path of Coexistence!
Guest of Honor: China
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