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Browsers brace for broadside of books

The opening of a new bookshop probably does not prompt people to read more. But the much touted arrival of a popular Taiwanese bookstore chain in Hong Kong is set to make a splash on the literary scene.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:27pm

PR has deep meaning for ex-translator

Claudia Choi, managing director of EBA Communications, is not a 'typical' public relations (PR) woman. She is placid, soft-spoken, and was without big intentions or ambitions to seek an 'exciting' career in PR when she joined the industry 23 years ago.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Flashy, vacuous - and that's just the books

It's like a romantic comedy: A brassy, buxom woman crashes a high-society party, much to the embarrassment of the tweedy host. He throws her out, but she won't take no for an answer, and, as the two spar, a powerful mutual attraction develops.

In other words, the Hong Kong Book Fair and the city's 'pseudo-models' should drop the charade and proclaim their love.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Travel, finance tomes take back seat as economic reality bites

The Book Fair opened yesterday with sales similar to last year but interest in travel and finance titles dipping as people's spending habits change.

But books about celebrities and so-called 'pseudo-models' were all the rage, keeping sales buoyant.

23 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Discounts promise bonanza for book buyers

The scale of this year's Book Fair has gone up but the prices are going down as exhibitors offer discounts to boost sales.

The newly completed expansion of the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai offers 42 per cent more space for this year's fair, which has more than 500 exhibitors from more than 20 countries compared with last year's 480.

22 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

English asset

Does good English matter? It depends on whom you ask. If your interlocutor is a linguistic purist like Professor Higgins in British playwright George Bernard Shaw's popular classic Pygmalion, the answer would be a resounding yes: poor spoken English would condemn you forever to life in the gutter.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

Reading lessons

Singaporean parents are putting more effort into getting their children to read Chinese, and publishers are responding by releasing more Chinese-language books. These books were showcased at a major book fair over the past two weekends.

25 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Police and riders love Chu's jodhpurs

Hong Kong's police motorcycle brigade and the Olympic showjumping team have at least one thing in common - jodhpurs.

Alan Chu Pui-lam, the designer behind the Hong Kong's team uniform is also the same designer who conceptualised the protective jacket and jodhpurs worn by Hong Kong's motorcycle-riding traffic police.

18 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

European publishers see city as stepping stone to Asian market

Exhibitors from 21 countries are participating in the Book Fair this year, reflecting international publishers' vision of Hong Kong as a gateway for expanding into Asia.

24 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Literati mourn tragic end of rare-book lover

More than 100 authors and personalities gathered to share their memories of renowned bookstore owner Law Chi-wah, who was found buried beneath 20 boxes of books last month, and memories of Hong Kong's 'upstairs bookstore' culture.

Law, 45, who began operating the now defunct Green Text Bookstore in the late 1980s, was killed at his Tai Kok Tsui warehouse.

8 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Want Want eyes US$700m share sale after Singapore delisting

Want Want Holdings, the rice crackers and sweets maker delisted in Singapore in September, plans to raise at least US$700 million in Hong Kong in the first quarter of next year to take advantage of the city's strong liquidity flow, a source said.

18 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

HK firms lead trade charge at new-look fair

Experts and officials see relief for tensions over the US-Sino deficit

A key initiative to address the mainland's trade imbalance was launched yesterday when the renamed China Import and Export Fair (CIEF) opened with a thrust into the market by 89 Hong Kong companies.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Lai See

TCI hit by own wrecking ball as Sinolink investment turns sour

If you thought the famous 'wrecking ball' known as The Children's Investment Fund Management never caught its fingers in its own machinations, think again.

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Editions and distractions

There's a man at the Sheung Wan end of Hollywood Road who admits he recently handled a pair of Lolitas - a thrilling experience, by his telling. 'Exquisite,' he says. 'Simply beautiful, and I know where they live.' But before you call the police, it should be explained that, as the proprietor of Lok Man Rare Books, Lorence Johnston is a specialist in first editions.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

In pursuit of a career selling adventure equipment

HONG KONG MAY be a crowded, concrete city but it is also a place where one is never very far from the mountains or sea. This makes the city a great place for work and play and there are many outdoor activities within easy reach.

1 Jul 2006 - 12:00am