Frankfurt: 105,000 Trade Visitors from 130 Countries

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

The 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair, at its midway point, has announced a 20-percent jump in trade-visitor attendance.

The 75th anniversary edition of Frankfurter Buchmesse is heralded on the exterior of the Frankfurt Pavilion in Messe Frankfurt Agora. More than 105,000 trade visitors have attended the professional days of the trade show, with the public now joining in for the weekend days. Image: FBM, Marc Jacquemin

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

Boos: ‘More Than 4,000 Exhibitors From All Over the World’
In what organizers are quantifying as an increase of almost 20 percent, Frankfurter Buchmesse has announced this evening (October 20) that professional-visitor numbers at the show have numbered 105,000 people from 130 countries.

“We are drawing a positive interim overview of our anniversary fair,” says Juergen Boos, president and CEO of Frankfurt Book Fair.

“A strong international professional program and more than 4,000 exhibitors from all over the world,” he says, “make the book fair so attractive for the industry.”

Also today, more than 100 members of the press were accredited and gathered for a news conference with Salman Rushdie, who has arrived as the 2023 laureate of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

Now available here for your free download, our 2023 Publishing Perspectives Frankfurt Book Fair magazine

“Literature shows us a world of openness and variety and therefore tolerance” Rushdie told the press. Our initial story on his news conference is here.

Together with authors from many parts of the world, the United Nations also honored the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Frankfurter Buchmesse.

What’s more, the inaugural Aficionado Award was presented at the fair this year. As Publishing Perspectives readers know, the award went to  Nigerian writer and publisher Lola Shoneyin, founder of the Aké Arts and Book Festival, which brings together authors, artists, poets and filmmakers from 29 African countries.

The Publishing Perspectives Forum has had strong audiences all week—at times reaching standing-room-only crowds—for Executive Talks with Penguin Random House worldwide CEO Nihar Malaviya and Nanmeebooks CEO Kim Chongsatitwana of Bangkok, as well as input from leading business figures on artificial intelligence, comics and other visual narratives, independent publishers from Taiwan, Germany, Brazil, and Kenya, alongside our mini-conferences on children’s books, audio, and academic publishing.

Penguin Random House worldwide CEO Nihar Malaviya headlines the Publishing Perspectives Forum on October 18 at Frankfurt Book Fair, watched (foreground) by Nana Lohrengel, secretary general of the Fondazione Umberto e Elisabetta Mauri. Image: FBM, Marc Jacquemin

Early announcements from organizers also talk of “spectacular” book deals, including a two-book contract for PRH with Serena Williams and Faber & Faber’s signing of Parade by “Outline” trilogy author Rachel Cusk.

Hot topics, as we knew going in:

  • AI technology and its consequences for the book industry
  • Sustainable book production for small and medium-sized publishers
  • What publishers can contribute to climate protection
  • Promotion of reading skills as a basis for political and social participation

Follow Publishing Perspectives in the coming days for new and updating information on the 75th edition of the trade show. We will have a publishing pause for a couple of days as our team travels and recoups, and then will return to our regular publication schedules.

Juergen Boos, president and CEO of Frankfurter Buchmesse, at the 75-chair special exhibition at Frankfurt’s 75th anniversary edition. Image: FBM, Marc Jacquemin

More from Publishing Perspectives on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more about international awards and other honors in publishing and books is here, more on trade shows and book fairs on the international scene is here, and more on Salman Rushdie 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.