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The spectrum of international publishing was on display on the first day of the fair, from the CEO Talk with John Sargent to the new audiobook conference, and women writers from the Asia Pacific region.

By Hannah Johnson | @hannahsjohnson

Following the pre-fair conferences and rights meetings, the first day of the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair featured new and prominent events alongside the customary book fair meetings between publishers, agents, service providers and others.

In Publishing Perspectives’ show daily magazine for today, our reporters covered authors, CEOs, government officials and more.

The debut edition of Frankfurt’s new Audiobook Conference drew a full house as speakers from several countries discussed data and trends on this still-growing segment of publishing, particularly the smart speakers and content streaming.

Echoing some of the sentiments from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s talk at Tuesday’s opening press conference, a panel of women writers from the Asia Pacific region put gender discussions front and center on Wednesday. Laksmi Pamuntjak, Andrea Pasion-Flores, and Kamila Shamsie spoke about social expectations and portrayals of female authors in their home countries.

At Frankfurt’s annual CEO Talk, Macmillan CEO John Sargent took questions from journalists on topics ranging from the company’s publication of Fire and Fury to the recent management changes at Rowohlt Verlag.

You can read all these articles and more in Publishing Perspectives’ Thursday issue of our Show Daily Magazine.

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About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.