Beijing International Book Fair Announces 2024 Conferences

In News by Porter Anderson

The 2024 Beijing International Book Fair’s programming reflects in part a considerable interest in academic and educational publishing.

Visitors at the 2023 edition of the public-facing Beijing International Book Fair. Image: BIBF

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

Beijing’s 2024 Fair is Its 30th Iteration
As we reported in April, this month’s public-facing Beijing Book Fair is set to open on June 19, a week from today (June 12), and fun to June 24.

The fair’s administration reports a cohort of 15 countries and regions set to be present for the first time, including Azerbaijan; the Czech Republic; Nigeria; Norway; Slovakia; and Qatar.

Having opened a dedicated area for academic publishing and educational tech in 2023, this year’s show is expected to include Wiley, Cengage, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Oxford, Cambridge, SpringerNature, Sage, World Scientific, Brill, and De Gruyter.

There also are a number of university presses planning to have a presence at the show. In addition, university presses registered to participate include Princeton University Press, Harvard University Press, Toronto University Press, Melbourne University Publishing, Bristol University Policy Press, and ACC Science Publishing in Singapore.

The number of exhibitors that organizers now say they anticipate is 1,600, with 1,050 of them from offshore locations in 71 markets. Should they participate as expected, this would represent a 17-percent increase with 11 “international pavilions”—apparently a reference to national-market collective stands, which the company had earlier reported to number 25 pavilions.

Conference Events

In programming, several conference events now are confirmed:

  • June 19, 1:30 to 5 p.m.: PubTech Conference: AI for Publishing
    Speaking are several two representatives of academic publishing:

    • Niels Peter Thomas of Springer Nature
    • Lyndsey Dixon of De Gruyter
  • June 20, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: The Children’s Book Forum: New Trends in Cooperation
    Speakers include:

    • Shu Lin Wu of the China Publishing Association
    • Karine Pansa of the International Publishers Association
    • Evgeny Kapiev of Eksmo Publishing
    • Mark Handler, formerly with Disney China and now with CCTV
    • Caroline Purslow of DK Asia
  • June 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Publishing Forum: New Productivity and Publishing Innovation
    Speakers in this afternoon session comprise:
    • Shu Lin Wu of the China Publishing Association
    • Alexander Broich of Cengage Select
    • Jiuzhen Zhang of Peking University’s Publishing Research Institute
    • Arnout Jacobs of Springer Nature

This year’s guest of honor market at the Beijing show is Saudi Arabia,

More features of the program include a ceremony for the Special Book Award of China; a program on publishing education; the BIBF Art Publishing Forum; an illustrators’ exhibition; an illustration “forum”; and a BIBF Art Book Fair, this time in its ninth edition.

That last event, the Picture Book Fair, seems to have drawn publishers from a wide geographic range. This year’s picture book exhibition has attracted publishers from many parts of the world: DK, Clavis Publishing, Quarto Publishing Group, and Macmillan Publishers & Pan Macmillan.

More from Publishing Perspectives about the Beijing International Book Fair is here, more on the Chinese book and publishing market is here, our popular China Bestsellers research is here, and more from us on Asia is here.

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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.