Frankfurt Book Fair

Juergen Boos: Now is the time for start-ups
October 17, 2011

The director of the Frankfurt Book Fair has said start-ups will capitalise on the trade, as the organisers revealed exhibitor numbers were down 2.1% on 2010. In total, 7,384 exhibitors from 106 countries attended last week's fair, with more than 3,200 events attracting 280,194 visitors, which was marginally up on last year (279,325).

MemeBurn: E-Book Piracy Rampant but Under Control, Say Experts
October 14, 2011

Publishers and experts at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany say eBook theft is unlikely to go away, but is a manageable problem with vigilance and action already underway.

“If you give normal, regular, upstanding citizens a legitimate route to your material they are most likely to attain it legitimately, most people do not want to steal,”  said Claire Holloway of publishing services provider Bookmasters.

M&C: Iceland in focus at Frankfurt Book Fair
October 11, 2011

The Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's biggest book publishing congress, is to feature 7,384 exhibitors and give a place of honour to Iceland, organizers said Tuesday, a day before business starts. Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson was scheduled to address a ceremony on Tuesday evening where German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was to inaugurate the annual event.

IBN Live: Indian language literature goes to Frankfurt Book Fair
October 11, 2011

In a first showcase of Indian indigenous writing, a literary panorama featuring works by over 30 language writers will be on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair in a pilot exhibition for readers and publishers from Europe, the US and other countries. The literary panorama, initiated by the union culture ministry under the 'ILA: Indian Literature Abroad' project, will be held on Oct 12-16.

A Heckuva Book Pitch. That’s Putting It Mildly.
June 8, 2011

Last October, just before the deal-making frenzy of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the indie publisher Johnny Temple received an e-mailed book proposal that he was tempted to brush off.

The project, “Go the ____ to Sleep,” by Adam Mansbach, was an irreverent and foulmouthed parody of a children’s book, written in rhymey verse with profanities sprinkled throughout, giving frustrated voice to a universal problem for parents of small and stubborn children.

"At first I didn't really take it seriously, because it's so unlike anything that we publish," said Mr. Temple, the publisher of Akashic Books