Get Ready: The Biggest All-Filipino Book Fair Is Going Digital

With 35 local publishers participating in the online fair!

( Nothing beats going through piles and piles of fresh reads in a massive, crowded book fair—but with a pandemic going on, a safer alternative would be to shop online. The Aklatan: All Filipino Book Fair is going online for their 2020 run, happening on Shopee from August 16 to 18. Spot reads from some of the biggest local publishers—a total of 35—at this annual book shopping festival. 

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You can cop rare copies and discover new authors and illustrators at this book fair. Be on the watch for popular fiction pieces from publishers such as Summit Media, or critically acclaimed novels from publishers such as Adarna House and Anvil Publishing, and update yourself on the discourse through works published by the presses of the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, Ateneo de Manila University, and Ateneo de Naga University. Prepare yourself for the online hunt by checking out the full list of publishers below:

  • 19th Avenida Publishing
  • Adarna House
  • Alpha Stream Marketing
  • Anvil Publishing
  • Asia/Pacific Circulation Exponents
  • Ateneo De Manila University Press
  • Ateneo de Naga University Press
  • Bookware Publishing Corp
  • Central Books Supply
  • Chapter House Publishing
  • Christian Literature Crusade
  • Church Strengthening Ministry
  • Cunanan Map House
  • FELTA Multi-Media
  • FEU Publications
  • Forefront Book Co., Inc.
  • Great Books Trading
  • Institute of Spirituality (ISA-Jecho Publishing)
  • MSA Publishing
  • New Day Publishers
  • OMF Literature
  • Our Daily Bread Ministries Philippines
  • Philippine Christian Literature, Inc.
  • Phoenix Educational Services, Inc.
  • Precious Pages and Lampara House
  • Saint Mary’s Publishing
  • Salinlahi Publishing House
  • San Anselmo Publications
  • St. Matthew's Publishing
  • Summit Media
  • Tahanan Books
  • University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
  • University of the Philippines Press
  • Wizard Publishing Haws
  • WS Pacific Publications

Hosted by the Book Development Association of the Philippines, the group "strongly believes that our local books are also essential and that readers can help revive the local publishing industry and support local literature," they said in a statement. Booksellers have also been hit pretty hard by the pandemic so fingers crossed this online book fair will help our local storytellers and publishers!

Main image from Facebook / Adarna House

UPDATE (July 29, 2020): The article has been updated after was notified of a change of dates from August 10 to 14 to August 16 to 18.


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