Should Book Fairs Mix Professionals and the Public?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at troubles bedeviling Paris’ annual Salon du Livre, the city’s premier book fair. One of the issues that has publishers kvetching is the fair’s lack of focus, which mixes professional events with the public. It’s an issue for many fairs — Frankfurt does it successfully, London doesn’t do it, BEA is thinking about …

What’s Bedeviling Paris’ Salon du Livre?

In Editorial & Opinion by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: It should be an occasion for celebration — it’s the 30th anniversary, after all — but Paris’ Salon du Livre opens today in a climate of sniping and mudslinging. It’s “the fair we love to hate,” quipped Nicolas Gary on his literary blog, Actualitté. For years, French publishers have been complaining that the fair is neither …

Klein, Raulff, Blumenbach Win Leipzig Prizes

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The 2010 Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse (Leipzig Book Fair Prize) for fiction, non-fiction and translation were announced last week. Five titles per category were selected for the longlist by seven editors and literary critics. As reported by the Goethe-Institut, (which also supplied the descriptions below) this year’s winners were: For fiction: Georg Klein, for Roman unserer Kindheit(Rowohlt), the fantastic …

Leipzig Attracts 150,000+ Fairgoers, Exhibitors from 39 Countries

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Leipzig Book Fair came to a close on Sunday and organizers announced a significant increase in visitors over last year. Some 156,000 people were in attendance (up from 147,000 last year), 45,000 of whom were professional visitors. According to a press release from the fair, more than 90% of exhibitors surveyed characterized the event as a success. Of …

So Many Book Conferences, So Little Time

In Editorial & Opinion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This week, while my colleagues were at O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference in New York, I was doing something more prosaic: serving jury duty in Houston. As it turns out, you’re not allowed to drive a drag racer on US federal highways. Who knew? The one thing about jury duty is that even though you …

Cookbook Trade Fair Pleases the Palate

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The first edition of the Paris Cookbook Festival wrapped up on Monday with most participants judging the specialized trade fair a delicious success, barring minor complaints about lack of signage and poor heating. While for some smaller French publishers with books aimed specifically at the French market, it was less of a positive experience, the larger …

Cookbooks? Romance? Sci-fi? Is Niche the Future of Fairs?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the inaugural Paris Cookbook Fair, which takes place later this week. The fair focuses entirely on cookbooks, with an emphasis on selling rights to the titles on display. Cookbooks are, as Fair director Edouard Cointreau explains, growing some 5-10% per year and many bestselling books, such as those published by charity organizations around …

Chew on This: Paris Inaugurates a Book Fair for Foodies

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: It makes perfect sense that the first international cookbook trade fair will be held in Paris — a city that, to many, remains the culinary capitol of the world. The Paris Cookbook Fair runs this week, from February 12-15, and its founder, Edouard Cointreau, hopes to unite the cosmopolitan network of food lovers and professionals he …

Going to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Over the past four years the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has become the premier publishing trade show in the Middle East and a place to meet-and-greet movers and shakers in publishing in the region.  As discussed in our lead article, this year’s fair appears to be the best yet, and includes for the first time the …

Krauss Leads Abu Dhabi Book Fair into a New Era

In Europe by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti In 2009, when Monika Krauss took the position of General Manager of KITAB, the organization that manages the annual Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), she was coming full circle. Although born in Iraq to a German father and an Iraqi mother, Monika Krauss had spent most of her life somewhere else, having been raised in Nigeria …