September 6 – September 13, 2007 Edition

Fall Book Fairs
Draw U.S. Publishers
To Distant Lands

9/6/07–Two large book fairs will have drawn major US publishers to both China and Germany this fall, further emphasizing the growing globalization of the industry. The 14th Beijing International Book Fair (August 30-September 3, 2007) has just concluded in China, attracting around 950 exhibitors representing 4,000 publishing companies from 40 different countries, and more than 155,000 private visitors.

Meanwhile, the Frankfurt Book Fair is gearing up for the opening of its event on October 10-14 in Congress Center at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition site in Germany. About 8,000 companies from 114 countries are expected to participate this year.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest professional platform worldwide or International book business. Events and forums will be spread across five exhibition halls. Among highlights this year will be a special focus on digital media and audiobooks. Attendees will examine the recipe for success in selling audio books and will learn about the state of the audiobook market in Germany and elsewhere in the world. A series of business breakfasts will introduce publishing markets of Japan, Poland and Turkey.

In 2007, Germany was guest of honor at the Beijing International Book Fair. Taking as its motto, “Germany – Land of Ideas”, the Frankfurt Book Fair organized the German guest of honor appearance in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

Interestingly, the key focuses of the German presentation in China was on children’s and teenage books, literature, the social sciences as well as typography and book design.

For more information on the Frankfurt Book Fair, visit