Attendance Statistics from Frankfurt Show Diverse Fair

In Frankfurt 2011 by Hannah Johnson

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By Hannah Johnson

The Frankfurt Book Fair released its attendance statistics yesterday evening: “7,384 exhibitors from 106 countries were present, and the more than 3,200 events attracted 280,194 visitors.” The total number of visitors rose very slightly by 1 percent, and the Literary Agents Centre grew by 11 percent.

Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, pointed to digital start-ups one of the main trends at this year’s Fair: “This is now the time for start-ups, and the book industry is in a positive mood for renewal . . . An enormous diversity of ideas arises from the combination of enterprising spirit and technological opportunity. The international book and publishing industry has become a lot more multi-facetted.”

The expanded conference track was also a highlight in 2011, with an increased number of conferences and training seminars available this year under the Frankfurt Academy umbrella.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson is the Deputy Publisher of Publishing Perspectives since 2009. Previously, she worked as Project Manager at the German Book Office New York. Find her on Twitter @hannahsjohnson.