Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

As expected, the Frankfurt Book Fair was a whirlwind of meetings with our clients and candidates, attending seminars and conference sessions and fitting in as many drinks receptions as possible! Visitor numbers at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair have been estimated at “around 270,000”.

Helen and I decided to take the plunge and attend as ‘Atwood Tate’ for the first time this year. Having attended as Rights professionals for several years, we understood the concept of the fair is to sell and buy rights – so why would a recruiter want to go? Well, it was a combination of wanting to see everyone at their best, get a feel for what’s new and see books and journals on stands; being at the heart of the publishing industry and generally raising our profile. There was much less of the ‘why on earth are you here’ and lots more of the ‘I can’t believe you haven’t been before’ so we hope it’s been a good decision!

Basing ourselves in Hall 4.2 and sharing stand space with the wonderful ALPSP team was a great move, not only as we were right among some of our clients but also as it was a slightly calmer environment than Hall 8 which we visited daily to get our Trade fix.

Highlights were:
Talk on 8/10 with Publishing Technology on ‘What does it mean to be a publisher?’, insights from Sam Burridge, Nature, Jan Reichelt, Mendeley; Mandy Hill, CUP; Timo Hannay, Digital Science; (see blog for interview with Mandy Hill)
8/10 CEO event with Brian Murray of HarperCollins (Bookseller article: Murray: surprising success for subscription services)
10/10 The Publishers Association, International Publishers Association and the Association of American Publishers annual Anti-Piracy Breakfast
FutureBook Innovation Awards at the Publishing Innovators drinks – see FutureBook Innovation Awards shortlists unveiled. We’re looking forward to attending the conference soon!
Eurospan 50th Anniversary champagne reception
IPG and PA stand drinks
Autharium at the iconic Casablanca bar

The next big event will be the London Book Fair in April although there are lots of networking opportunities coming up for your diary:

Galley Club 5th November
Book Machine, Oxford & London, 6th November
Byte the Book 10th November What’s the Best Publishing Route for Authors?
IPG Autumn Conference 13th November
Futurebook conference 14th November

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