Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012 registers growth in participation, networking

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2012, having concluded on October 14, reportedly witnessed ten percent growth in participation and networking of international content industries. It registered increase in visitor numbers compared to last year, while demonstrating the 'courage and innovative power of Europe, and of the international publishing industry'. 

The conference and seminar programme of the Frankfurt Academy recorded a ten percent increase in the number of participants in comparison to last year. 

Around 3,300 people used the Frankfurt Book Fair as a chance to meet the 'movers & shakers' of the digital book industry, to identify new business models and trends, to witness some international best practice examples, and to exchange ideas. 

Four conferences and 14 seminars and workshops took place under the umbrella of the Frankfurt Academy 2012. 

Around 170 speakers at this year's events included Otis Chandler (GoodReads), Michael Tamblyn (Kobo), Charlie Redmayne (Pottermore), Stephen Page (Faber and Faber), the author Jonathan A. Gottschall, film producer Stephen Daldry, and high ranking representatives of Sony, Nintendo, Warner and Lucasfilm. 

Over the weekend, the Frankfurt Book Fair continued with more interesting presentations and exhibitions. 

The Gutenberg Museum demonstrated Gutenberg's printing press. Attendees could experience Gutenberg's invention live and print themselves at a printing workshop. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, showcased its science. 

As well as a range of books looking at the science of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the laboratory unveiled a new interactive LHC-time-tunnel display. 

The organisation also announced collaboration with games developer Rovio to develop new educational resources for children linked to their award-winning Angry Birds game. Barnes & Noble made a presentation entitled 'Tablets aren't just for grown ups anymore.' 

In showing a number of examples of products for its Nook, Barnes and Noble's premise was that it knows kids books and kid's apps and loves content for kids in every format. 

The Frankfurt Book Fair organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs. It maintains the most visited website worldwide for the publishing industry at www.book-fair.com and its directory of decision-makers in the book and media industries features around 30,000 contacts.

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