Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rise in International Book Fairs as publishing becomes more global

Jumbo Editorial Team

The number of International Book Fairs continues to rise as publishing becomes more global and new markets become ever more crucial. There are fairs being held in the Gulf region with Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai playing host with great success while the industry has come alive in South America with one in Buenos Aires. The Asian tigers, Taipei and Hong Kong, are not lagging behind either.

The upward trend in the number of trade visitors to book fairs was predicted in 2011 despite the recession in many countries. The publishers are being tempted to see them as a good place to economize, so there are likely to be fewer staff sent and some publishers withdrawing altogether, this will be balanced in some case by the fairs attracting more of the public.

The International Book Fairs are being held throughout the year. Most of these are primarily intended as trade fairs for the book trade, but an increasing number have extensive programmes of cultural events and opportunities to meet authors. Some set out to attract the general public while others have particular days when the public can get in.

Although they are not really intended for authors, the book fairs are worth researching, as one may come across someone in demand. The benefits are the vast array of new and forthcoming books on display, the seminars, conferences and author events which may be planned, and, most important of all, the chance to see the publishing world in action.

While Cairo, New Delhi, Taipei, Jerusalem, Abu Dhabi Book, Bangkok, Alexandria, London and Budapest were the venues during the first four months of the year there’s plenty in store during the next eight months with International Books Fairs scheduled to be held at Tehran (May 5-8), Prague (May 12-15), Warsaw (May 20-23), New York (May 23-26), Moscow (June 6-11), Cape Town (June 16-19), Tokyo (July 7-10), Hong Kong (July 20-26), Beijing (August 31-September 4), Goteborg (September22-25), Frankfurt (October12-16), Toronto (October 29-31), Montreal (November 16-21) and Mexico City (November 26-December7).

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