The Frankfurt Book Fair (German: Frankfurter Buchmesse) is the world's largest trade fair for books, held annually in mid-October in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Representatives from book publishing and multimedia companies from all over the world come to the Frankfurt Book Fair in order to negotiate international publishing rights and licensing fees.
The fair subsidiary company of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association organizes the annual Frankfurt Book Fair every October. It is claimed to be the largest in the world, and for five days around 6,700 exhibitors and more than 270,000 visitors take part.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is a critical marketing event for the launching of books, but it is also an important event to facilitate the negotiation of the international sale of rights and licences. Visitors take the opportunity to obtain information about the publishing market, to network, and to do business. Publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, academics, illustrators, service providers, film producers, translators, printers, professional and trade associations, institutions, artists, authors, antiquarians, software and multimedia suppliers all take part in the events and business climate of Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2004, more than 12,000 journalists from 92 countries reported on the fair which brought together 6,691 individual exhibitors, 79 national exhibitions, and 180,000 trade visitors.
The Frankfurt Book Fair in Figures
- At the Frankfurt Book Fair 2004, 6,691 exhibitors and 79 national and collective displays were presented on an area of around 164,000 square metres.
- With approximately 1,800 exhibitors from English-speaking regions, the Frankfurt Book Fair is perhaps the largest in the Anglophone world.
- Last year's Book Fair showed a total of 104,566 new publications out of total exhibits of 350,619 titles.
- 270,413 people came to the Frankfurt Book Fair over the five days of the 2004 event, 173,943 of them were trade visitors.
- 12,275 journalists from 92 countries were accredited for the Book Fair 2004.
- 1,300 literary translators are listed in the Frankfurt Book Fair's directory of translators.
- Altogether 2,855 events were presented in the context of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Frankfurt Book Fair 2005
The Frankfurt Book Fair 2005 will take place from 19-23 October. From Wednesday to Friday, the fair is restricted exclusively to trade visitors. The general public can attend the fair on Saturday and Sunday. Opening times are from 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. daily and to 5.30 p.m. on Sunday.
"Enter Korea": Guest of Honour appearance 2005
Taking as its motto "Enter Korea", Korea is this year's Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour, introducing Korean literature and culture with a widely diverse programme. In the Book Fair's exhibition "Books on Korea", publishing companies from all over the world will show translations of titles by Korean authors as well as current books about Korea. In conjunction with the guest country appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Korean embassy has declared 2005 as Korea Year in Germany. Since March, around 60 Korean authors have already been taking part in a "LiteraTour" of Germany, with its last stop scheduled for the Book Fair in Frankfurt.
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