What’s Happening at Frankfurt Book Fair 2016?

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It’s that time of year again when the publishing industry come together from all corners of the globe for Frankfurt Book Fair to share ideas, trade rights and discuss new innovations in publishing. This year the fair will run from October 19th to 21st, with the doors opening to the public for the weekend.

A broad range of exhibitors will be present at Frankfurt, with over 7,100 representing their products and services from more than 100 different countries. Attendance at the fair is a key part of the publishing event calendar, with over 270,000 visitors expected to attend.

We have reviewed the event calendar for the fair and pulled together a list of some of our top picks for presentations, events and conferences for this year’s fair, which should not be missed.

Hot Spot Presentations

Throughout the three-day period, Frankfurt Book Fair will play host to a series of Hot Spot presentations, focusing on such subjects as metadata enrichment, digital publishing technologies, and mobile publishing. The Hot Spots are located throughout the exhibition site and will run sessions every half hour.

For a detailed listing of all presentations, see the events calendar on the Frankfurt Book Fair website.

Top Pick: Why The Fear?: Book Author Proofing Online

Hot Spot Professional & Scientific Information, Hall 4.2 – N99

Thursday 20th October, 11.00-11.30 AM

Despite continuing developments in publishing and new technologies focused on improving efficiency in book production, many publishers remain fearful of introducing authors to online production tools. Darren Ryan, CEO of Deanta, will discuss the main obstacles and how to overcome them by utilising the latest trends in author-friendly XML/XSL proofing.

Networking Events

Throughout the week, Frankfurt Book Fair plays host to a wide range of networking events, including drinks, dinners and coffee sessions in various lounges, enabling publishing professionals to come together from all around the globe to discuss what is happening in the industry.

Top Pick: IPG Academic and Professional Special Interest Group dinner

Bockenheimer Stubb, Robert-Mayer-Straße 63

Wednesday 19th October, 18:45 PM

The Independent Publisher’s Guild (IPG) is hosting a dinner for professionals working in the field of Academic and Professional Special Interest publishing, providing a fantastic opportunity for networking with a diverse range of professionals in the field.

To find out more about this event, visit the website.

Business Club Sessions

The Business club offers an opportunity for members to network and participate in a wide range of seminars and meetings across an extensive array of topics, ranging from children’s licensing, to new business models, and digital disruption.

Top Pick: What’s New in Publishing? Self, digital, interactive and espresso publishing for professionals

Hall: 4.0 Business Club Stage

Thursday 20th October, 12.00-12.45 AM

During this session, panellists discuss opportunities for new innovation in publishing that can help to negate the cost crunch of producing print publications. Topics span digital, self-publishing, interactive non-fiction world creation and even digital comics. The panel includes Dr. Julia von dem Knesebeck (Director, Open Publishing), Julia Köberlein (Co-Founder, CEO, Creative Director Kontextlab GmbH), Frédéric Mériot (CEO, Presses Universitaires de France) Dr. Stefan Pegatsky (Author, publishing consultant and founder of Time Tunnel Images) and Sophie Castille (Co-founder and managing director, EuropeComics).


During the fair there are also a couple of day-long ticketed conferences available to attend. These conferences place a spotlight on specific aspects of the industry, providing a number of key note speakers discussing a range of relevant topics, in addition to presentations, debates and excellent networking opportunities. This year the key conferences are The Markets: Global Publishing Summit, the ARTS+ Conference and the 30. Rights Meeting.

Top Pick: The Markets 2016: Global Publishing Summit

Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club Hall 4.0

Tuesday 18th October

Now in its second year, The Markets: Global Publishing Summit showcases seven strong and vibrant publishing regions. Influencers in each market discuss publishing in their region, while attendees gain further insights from professionals working there, and the opportunity to meet people who can help expand businesses abroad.

The seven markets covered in this year’s conference are:

  • Philippines
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Spain
  • Flanders & The Netherlands
  • Brazil
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom

The event is organised by Frankfurt Book Fair and Publishing Perspectives and takes place on Tuesday 18th of October.

For more information, and to purchase tickets for the conference, see the website.

Photograph by Alexander Heimann. (C) Frankfurt Book Fair

March 18, 2016 |

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