Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book and media trade fair in the world with around 7,500 exhibitors from over 110 countries and nearly 300.000 visitors yearly.
It is also the world’s oldest publishing event and takes place over five busy days of international book trading. For young editors, it’s a treat to go to Frankfurt. For the veterans, it’s a good opportunity to moan, as well as to renew publishing contacts from all over the world.
Last few years the number of exhibitors should be back up again, after the abrupt fall post 9/11. But the strains in the world economy and in particular poor book sales in Germany will cast a shadow.
Publishers on the Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts. Be they publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers or authors - each year in October, they all come together and create something new. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences worldwide. More than 7,300 exhibitors from 100 countries, 299,000 visitors and over 10,000 journalists.
Grow your business, expand your network, build bridges into the future and make new discoveries: digital content, the vibrant publishing landscape of the Guest of Honour and interesting information about the most important markets worldwide. One thing is certain: at the Frankfurt Book Fair you will have more access to current trends than anywhere else.
History of the Frankfurt Book Fair
The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century, when Johannes Gutenberg first invented movable type - only a few kilometres down the road from Frankfurt. Frankfurt remained the central and undisputed European book fair city through to the 17th century. In the course of political and cultural upheaval, in the 18th century Leipzig then came to play the part.
In 1949, that early Frankfurt book fair tradition was given a new lease of life: 205 German exhibitors assembled on Sept. 18-23 in Frankfurt's Paulskirche for the first post-War book fair. More than 60 trade-fair years later, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest of its kind in the world - and the hallmark for global activities in the field of culture.
Frankfurt SPARKS, the Digital Initiative of Frankfurt Book Fair, provides an innovative platform for all creative industries and digital suppliers with a stake in the content business. Featuring Frankfurt Hot Spots and Frankfurt StoryDrive, the cutting edge of today’s content business is at Frankfurt SPARKS, forging the partnerships that will forever change tomorrow’s publishing landscape.
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