The International Book Fair Interliber 2023, which concluded on Sunday evening at the Zagreb Fair (ZV), was visited by over 120,000 visitors this year, and publishers achieved a 20 percent higher income.
Renata Suša, the director of ZV, emphasized the high attendance at the fair, noting that during the six days of its duration, parking spaces around ZV were filled with cars and buses.
Interliber was visited by people from Slavonia, Bosnian Posavina, and Dalmatia via organized bus transport, she mentioned, and added that Croatian publishers were particularly pleased with this year's Interliber. Publishers, as highlighted by the fair's director, Dina Grozdanović Poštolka, had a 20 percent higher income this year.
The fair was also visited by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who highlighted that with the government's support, the publishing and bookstore industry had overcome the crisis before, during the time of COVID, and in the recent past in a good and qualitative manner. He emphasized that Croatia publishes four to five thousand new titles annually and added that publishers are satisfied with the income and tremendous turnout.
When asked if he was satisfied with the commercial aspect of the business at this year's Interliber, the Managing Director of Školska knjiga, Ante Žužul, responded that the multitude of people around the sales booths best confirms his satisfaction. People are looking at new titles, buying them, and as a house that publishes enduring literature, we offer previously published handbooks, monographs, studies, and literary works at significant discounts that are indeed purchased, said Žužul.
ZV highlighted that this year at Interliber, whose special guest was Indian diplomat and writer Vikas Swarup, author of the novel Slumdog Millionaire, more than 200 hours of professional programs were held on two stages in pavilions 6 and 7, and outdoor concerts and performances by young DJs were held in front of pavilion 5. As part of the program for children and youth entitled "Hundred Percent Literate," several educational workshops were organized, such as Financial Literacy, a Small Glagolitic Workshop, a workshop on media literacy for children and youth - UNICEF, and workshops on Graffiti Street Art organized by Rockmark.