The Frankfurt Book Fair officially kicks off tomorrow, and will gather publishing leaders, authors, and literary agents to discuss the most pressing issues in the industry. The publishing community is already buzzing about the conference and a number of recent articles preview what's in store for attendees this year. Book Business gathered a selection of these stories below and will continue to cover the Frankfurt Book Fair this week in our free newsletter, Book Business Insight.
Frankfurt Book Fair 2015: A New Era Begins - According Book Industry Study Group executive director Mark Kuyper, talk of digital disruption and the end of print will be noticeably lacking at Frankfurt this year. Kuyper says that the industry has moved beyond weighing digital versus print and is now focused on serving the consumer in the best way possible.
Iranian Publishers Defy Frankfurt Book Fair Boycott - Despite the boycott the Iranian government placed on the Frankfurt Book Fair, 10 Iranian publishers will be in attendance. Iran is boycotting the event because the Frankfurt Book Fair invited Salman Rushdie to speak, an author who is “hated in the Islamic world” according to a statement from Iran’s cultural ministry.
Salman Rushdie Defends Free Speech in Frankfurt Book Fair’s Opening Press Conference - In today’s opening press conference, author Salman Rushdie discussed the importance of free speech and the publishing world’s role in preserving that right.
At Frankfurt It’s Time for the Superheroes of Publishing to Arise - Edward Nawotka, editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives, shares his thoughts on the up-in-coming stars and heroes of the publishing world.