Burgett, James
February 2005
Kentucky Libraries;Winter2005, Vol. 69 Issue 1, p6
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany which is the largest book fair in the world. In 2004, the U.S. was represented by over 700 publishers, third place behind Great Britain which had close to 900 exhibitors. Although a variety of products are exhibited, ranging from audio books to CD-ROMs to postcards, books are still the main focus, accounting for close to 57 percent of the items displayed. The Fair is not just about the books to be exhibited and the contracts to be negotiated. The Fair is about the business of publishing. Publishers sign new authors, negotiate translation rights or paperback permissions, and buy and sell licenses, throughout the week-long event. The annual Fair transcends the physical boundaries of the convention complex itself. It serves as the occasion for cultural events in the city of Frankfurt and throughout the region. The Frankfurt Book Fair is chaotic, frenetic, energizing and exhausting at the same time. It is a unique experience and not just for German bibliographers.


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