The Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) retains its significance as the largest cultural event in the country despite the expansion of the internet and cyberspace and the prevalent use of social networks and electronic sources, said an adviser to Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
Mahmoud Shalouei made the statement in his interview with Iran Daily, emphasizing that people continue to attach great importance to books, a sentiment evident in their warm reception of the book fair.
As the head of the Iranian Society of Cultural Works and Luminaries (ISCWL), Shalouei further stated that paper books still hold a prominent position in society.
He underscored the irreplaceable value of paper books, explaining that the deep wealth of information contained within them cannot be substituted by virtual sources.
Regarding the various methods of publishing books, Shalouei acknowledged that while individuals can now access books online, paper books remain significant and can effectively compete with their digital counterparts.
In addition to these observations, he highlighted the ISCWL’s efforts to honor Iran’s esteemed literary figures by publishing their biographies and literary works. The organization considers the publication of cultural and literary works a central concern and has formulated plans accordingly.
Shalouei mentioned that the ISCWL has already released a collection of works, which are available for purchase through the organization itself and on display at its pavilion during this year’s book fair.
Recognizing the simultaneous occurrence of the sixth day of the 34th TIBF and the Ferdowsi and Persian Language Commemoration Day on May 15, the adviser stated that they have made concerted efforts to showcase works related to the renowned poet in the exhibition.
In conclusion, Shalouei affirmed the enduring significance of the Tehran International Book Fair as a major cultural event in Iran, while re-emphasizing the continued importance of paper books and the ISCWL’s dedication to publishing and promoting the country’s cultural and literary works.
The 34th edition of the book fair commenced on May 10 and will continue until May 20, providing an extensive platform for literary exchange and collaboration.