What is the Frankfurt Book Fair?

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest trade fair for books, based on the number of publishing companies represented, as well as the number of visitors. In German it is called Frankfurter Buchmesse.

It is held annually in mid-October at the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The first three days are open exclusively to trade visitors and the general public attends on the last two days.

The reason I am interested in the fair is because my publisher took The Throne of David to the fair this year!

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 is organised by a subsidiary company of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. For five days more than 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and more than 286,000 visitors take part. The Frankfurt Book Fair is considered to be the most important book fair in the world for international deals and trading.

The Frankfurt Book Fair has a tradition that spans over more than 500 years. Soon after Johannes Gutenberg had developed printing in movable letters, the first book fair was held by local booksellers. Until the end of the 17th century, it was the most important book fair in Europe.

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 can find information about the publishing market, network, and do publishing 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 at Frankfurt Book Fair.

I am sure I would have heard something if my book had stirred any interest internationally, but it is an honor to have a book in attendance regardless of the outcome.