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#1 PennsyAl



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Posted 09 March 2015 - 02:08 PM

FILEY runs this year from March 7 (yep, already behind us) through March 15.  The local state university, UADY, initiated the Yucatan book fair in 2012 and continue to sponser the event.  Over the years, FILEY has brought to the Siglo XXI convention center hundreds of authors of renown, and many many publishing and book distribution houses, including some from outside Mexico. While not the immense offerings of the annual book fair in the Palacio de Mineria in the DF, FILEY is mighty impressive for Merida.


Even for non-Spanish speakers, I believe it would be exciting to visit, to see all the titles, including works of internationally famous writers in Spanish translation.  Every day there are presentations and discussions of books.  For full details, select http://www.filey.mx/ and then the big orange button DESCARGA Programa Oficial FILEY 2015.  We went yesterday (Sunday) with the interest in seeing what was going on, but with little intention to purchase. However, we came home with even more reading to put on our list of to do reading.


Sadly, as with just about all events in the north of Merida, there are few folks from Yucatan's majority poor population present -- no surprise given the price of most books in Mexico and the poor purchasing power of half the population. 

#2 YolistoKhaki



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Posted 15 March 2015 - 03:50 PM

I think the coolest thing to come out of this year's FILEY is the recognition they have given booktubers... a whole new category of bloggers... A booktuber is a videoblogger who uses their blog to promote books and generate interest and new readers. Booktubers are, most often, young and masters of using social networking to promote their blogs. 


Polls show that young Mexicans don't read physical books - so a straight poll shows not many readers at all... but when asked if they read books online and/or e-books, the numbers go through the roof... and much of that is because of the excitement generated by booktubers. 

#3 PennsyAl



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Posted 23 February 2016 - 09:56 PM

FILEY this year runs from March 12 through March 20.  The FILEY site,  http://filey.mx , notes that there were over 151,000 visitors to FILEY in 2015..

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