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Antiquarian book fair 香港国際古書店

December 4, 2007

Books. I don’t care what the tech-heads say, no digital reader is going to replace the experience of reading a good book. Especially a finely crafted hardcover. The heft, the smell (particularly if it happens to be leather bound), the texture of the pages. Can’t replicate that digitally now can you?

本。僕は本が大好きです。このごろデジタル本があるけど本物の本を取り替えないと思います。匂いとか、目方とか、織り地とかすばらしいと思います。

So, with those thoughts in mind, as a bibliophile I was in heaven this past weekend when the first Hong Kong International Antiquarian book fair was held. There were vendors from all around the world and they brought some truly amazing, and in several cases, “once in a lifetime” tomes to put on display.

先週末香港国際古書店がありました。すごかった!大体英語本があるけど少し中国と日本の古書がありました。大阪から中尾書店は即売会をしました。面白いでしょう。

Ah, to have unlimited pocket change. I managed to pick up a special edition of “Kafka on the Shore” by one of my favourite authors, Haruki Murakami (I didn’t want to leave completely empty-handed) but when surrounded by volumes that were in the hundreds of thousands and in some cases millions of HK dollars, the couple thousand I paid really didn’t seem like so much.

本当にたくさんお金がほしいかったんです。たくかんすてきな本がありました。でも、もっと高いだよ。十万、百万ドルぐらい。僕は村上春樹の「海辺のカフカ」の増刊を買いました。四百ドルだけです。うれしかった。

Take a look at the pictures and the accompanying descriptions to get some sense of what was on display. Also, if interested the website of the book fair is here along with a list of the booksellers and their websites.

多分本はしらないですけどちょっと面白いかもしれない。もし興味がある香港国際古書店のホームページはここある。書店のほーむぺーじアドレスがあります。

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