Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Digital Programming: Tickets Now on Sale

In News by Porter Anderson

On the road to Frankfurt Book Fair, a comprehensive digital program will prepare trade visitors–at the fairgrounds and online–for Frankfurt Week.

Setting up the Aufbau Verlag stand at the 2012 edition of Frankfurter Buchmesse. Image: FBM, Alexander Heimann

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Tickets On Sale Now
At Frankfurter Buchmesse, the core event, of course, is being planned as an in-person live trade show, October 20 to 24.

In the run-up to Frankfurt Week, however, an all-digital program will be available, running October 11 to 15. Tickets are now on sale for this programming.

There are several components to what you can see from Frankfurt both before and during the show, beginning with the digital Frankfurt Conference.

Frankfurt Conference

At Frankfurter Buchmesse’s ‘Forum Jugendbuch’ on children’s books, 2010. Image: FBM, Alexander Heimann

On October 11 and 12, the Frankfurt Conference program runs on both days from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. CEST (1230 to 1500 GMT / 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET), and is devised to look at academic publishing on the 11th, and trade publishing on the 12th.

On October 11, the academic publishing program, curated by Sven Fund of ResearchGate, is to feature 15-minute sessions in which speakers will offer concise talking points. Those speakers include:

  • Claudio Aspesi, market analyst with expertise from Sanford C. Berstein, EMI Music, and Airclic (Switzerland)
  • Penelope Lewis, chief publishing officer of AIP Publishing (United States)
  • David Worlock, co-chair of Outsell Leadership Community (United Kingdom)

Focusing on a single, clear topic, each speaker will provide executives with an overview of what’s likely to be vital to business interests in the near future.

And on October 12, the trade publishing program, curated by Publishing Perspectives, will feature “mini-keynotes,” videos, panel discussions, and interviews, all built around central challanges in international publishing. Speakers include:

  • Siv Bublitz, president and publisher, S. Fischer Verlage (Germany)
  • Cyrus Kheradi, senior vice-president of international sales and marketing, Penguin Random House (United States)
  • Marco Garcia, editorial director, V&R Editoras (Brazil)
  • Peter Warwick, president and CEO, Scholastic

Among topics on tap are international perspectives on book sales and book trade; editorial strategies pertinent to handling today’s markets; what’s ahead for children’s book publishing; and trends in the field of rights and licensing.

Those tickets go on sale Wednesday here.

Frankfurt Studio: Live From the Fairgrounds

At the ARD Forum, Frankfurter Buchmesse 2012. Image: FBM, Marc Jacquemin

Originating in the new 500-square-meter Frankfurt Studio with a 72-square-meter multi-media stage in Halle 4, live-to-stream programming will be available from October 20 to 22.

At Buchmesse, trade visitors will see the output on an LED screen in the Agora. In other parts of the world, the programming will be found on

Frankfurter Buchmesse and its partners have curated the content to include a panel discussion organized by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) titled “The impact of COVID-19 on the global publishing industry” with the president of the International Publishers Association (IPA) Bodour Al Qasimi taking place on Frankfurt Wednesday, October 20 and Frankfurter Buchmesse’s first STARTS Day on Friday, October 22. In that program, stakeholders from diverse backgrounds will shine a light on the key issues the European Union project STARTS is concerned with, such as sustainability, humans in the digital world, and the climate and biodiversity crisis.

There’s more about Frankfurt Studio and its Inside Publishing program here.

Master Classes: Applications Open

Also on October 11, a new series of digital events called Frankfurt’s Master Class series will offer two to three sessions daily through Friday, October 15. Each is about 45 minutes in length and will offer a company or representative of a service in the international publishing industry with a presentation of business cases and insights into future fields and topics, ranging from audiobook production through artificial intelligence and the digital transformation of the value chain, mentoring, and self-censorship in publishing.

Following the presentations, speakers will be available to answer participants’ questions. Participation is free of charge, application for participation is open now until October 3 here.

The twelve Master Classes will feature speakers including Jo Surman, Fionnuala Barrett, and Jessica Barnfield of the HarperCollins UK audio team presenting “Audio Publishing: Behind the Scenes” on Monday, October 11 at 4 p.m. CEST, and DeGruyter vice-presidents Brian Bishop and Scott Williams whose class will be on “How digital transformation works at a mid-sized academic publishing house” on Tuesday, October 12, 5 p.m. CEST.

‘The Hof’

The networking series called “The Hof” was implemented last year as part of the all-digital Frankfurter Buchmesse and works as a kind of friendly post-mortem to each day’s events, an online session in which various figures in publishing will lead some conversation, and participants in many parts of the world will have a chance to meet and exchange intersts.

Among guests anticipated are Buchmesse president and CEO Juergen Boos; literary agent Andrew Nurnberg; Publishing Perspectives columnist Richard Charkin (following the Frankfurt Conference day on academic publishing, October 11); and YA author Cornelia Funke. Amazon Publishing Germany plans to offer a book presentation with film producer Royd Tolkien, great grandson of JRR Tolkien. And the Brazilian Publishers Association is planning a digital stand party.

Information and registration is here.

More from Publishing Perspectives on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more on the German market is here, and more on publishing trade shows and book fairs is here.

Publishing Perspectives is the world media partner to the International Publishers Association. 

More from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here. 

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.