You may have already seen this on the news page but as I am updating the page and know it's important to show how difficult it is to find books promoting Traditional Chinese/Cantonese language, I thought it was best to put it on the blog. So sorry if you have already read this. So I went to the London Book Fair. If you are a geek (like me) for all things book-related then you would have been in heaven. As I walked into the hall where there were second hand books on sale, I felt much excitement like a child in a toy store. However there was a task at hand and pleasure was for later.
As a starter business, it felt a little daunting talking to the big wigs of the children’s book industry. One by one it became very apparent that the children’s books in Traditional Chinese that I am looking for are not available in the UK and for understandable legal or other reasons, I could not find out which Hong Kong or Taiwan publishing house were sold the rights. However, all is not lost, I have been given a few avenues to explore to get the contemporary books that I am seeking for the Cubby Hole stock.
The market for Simplified Chinese is somewhat more recognised, understandably, and I found a number of mainland Chinese publishing houses exhibiting at the book fair with a few contemporary Children’s books. Overall, the books were either not for my demographic or not exactly what I considered contemporary. It was not all bad though, I have many catalogues and contacts with which I intend to pursue, whereby I now can tell what books have been translated in Chinese. Now it is just the matter of, one, carrying out some research, and two, making sure I contact the right person to get some orders going.