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Frankfurt Book Fair 2007
10-14 October 2007
Frankfurt, Germany

The Frankfurt Book Fair is by far one of the busiest book fairs held in Germany this year and the biggest book fair in the world.

It also organises the participation of German publishers at more than 25 international book fairs and is co-founder of the Cape Town Book Fair in South Africa.

In the recently concluded fair, Director of the fair, Juergen Boos, said that agents and exhibitors from all over the world felt that this has been the best Frankfurt for the rights business in a long time.
A record 7,448 exhibitors from 108 countries presented 391,653 titles. Unhindered by the train strikes, a total of 283,293 visitors visited the fair.

The first three days of the fair was open only trade visitors and members of the public were only allowed entry over the weekend, filling the German speaking halls to capacity.

“There has seldom been a Book Fair which has been so optimistic about the future of the industry,” said Dr. Gottfried Honnefelder, Chief of the Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) at the end of the Fair. “For publishers and booksellers this is very important, as the mood of the Fair is very influential on the development of the book market in a given year.“

A recurring theme throughout the fair is “Education for the Future”. The professional events in the new Educational Publishing Pavilion were fully booked, which showed that the theme of education is increasingly important for the Fair’s international participants.
Another major theme of the fair is digitisation. An International Rights Directors meeting was held to discuss the challenges of rights and licenses for the digital age. On top of that, there was also a round-table discussion about the quest for digital sales by top executives from the biggest international publishers including Penguin, Holtzbrinck, Random House and HarperCollins.

“The public’s great interest in the authors who were present, and especially in serious literature, shows that in a digitally connected world personal encounters are becoming more important and books continue to be called upon for guidance,” Juergen Boos added.

The positive development in the amount of business initiated has ascertained the success of the fair. In an exhibitor questionnaire, about 35 per cent of the exhibitors surveyed indicated that they were able to garner a larger number of business deals this year as compared to last year.
Amidst the intellectual debate and books galore, BuySingaporeTM joined in the lively atmosphere and spoke to buyers and sellers from the publishing industry. The business matching portal has now further enhanced its database of trade leads with the addition of those from the publishing industry, courtesy of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2007.


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