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Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

It is only a week to go until the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019, so we’ve put together a collection of top tips and things to do and see while you’re there! These suggestions are aimed at anyone attending, whether you’re coming as a student, publishing professional, job-seeker or just trying to increase your knowledge of the publishing and media industry. Even if you’re an annual attendee at the event, we’ve got some ideas for you!

Here are some of our top tips:

  • Plan your time in advance: there will be many conferences and events throughout the day so it is important that you check the schedule in order to see what events might interest and benefit you the most. It is a huge venue with plenty going on, so by planning your time well, you’ll be able to get the most out of the fair! Do also use the hall plan to avoid getting lost!
  • You will be meeting clients and important contacts, so you do want to be smart and ladies might be tempted to wear heels, but trust me, you will most definitely regret this decision. The Frankfurt exhibition centre is huge and the book fair is spread across several halls, so you will for sure be on your feet all day. Wear flat shoes or shoes that are comfortable. Of course dress code varies but you can never go wrong with business casual, a pair of flat clean shoes or boots will keep you comfy throughout the day!
  • Considering it’s an all-day event and you might well be using your phone to contact colleagues, show clients clips and perhaps be taking plenty of photos and videos yourself, bring a portable phone charger! Download the Frankfurter Buchmesse App for a convenient guide around the fair as well as a timetable of the event. Do take pictures of impressive stands you like as a reminder to yourself, but most definitely share them on social media too!
  • As this is the biggest international event of the year for the publishing industry, there’ll be a lot of people and food stalls and stands will have queues! So remember to carry a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated! Bring a snack if you’re super organised. It’s very easy to get hot and dehydrated in big events, to avoid the long queues and high prices at the cafes!

Lastly, although you are out in Frankfurt for the Book Fair, it’s also important to plan some chill-out time, so that you don’t get overwhelmed! Walking around all day or keeping a constantly cheerful face on for your back to back meetings is exhausting. Frankfurt is a beautiful city in the centre of Germany and there is plenty to see and do to escape for a little while! Take some time before arriving to see what there is around and see if there is an alternative venue that you can escape to to, whether that be cultural things to do and see or places to eat and drink in peace! This is a tough event for anyone prone to anxiety in crowds, so be prepared and look out for friends and colleagues who might be struggling a bit.

Here is a list of places you might like to visit near/around the venue:

  • If you get a tired of the traditional German food, this traditional Japanese restaurant called Mangetsu, offers great Japanese food and is a great place to go if you’re in need of some quiet space.
  • The heart of Frankfurt is The Römerberg: Frankfurt’s Old Town Centre, this town centre is filled with traditional buildings, a very picturesque square that will look amazing in photos!
  • The Palm Garden is the largest botanic garden in Germany, so it is definitely worth seeing if you have the time. I’m sure the garden will look fantastic during the Autumn season!

For more places to visit around Frankfurt click here!

Make sure to check what events are going on throughout the fair and which companies are attending!

Byte the Book is networking at the book fair this year and are offering Networking Drinks on October 16th in the fair from 9pm till late! This will be a great opportunity to meet some new people from the media and publishing industry and would be great to broaden your knowledge on both industries! For more information on the event click here!

In case you weren’t aware Norway is the guest of honour this year so to honour that we’ve decided to share some of our favourite Norwegian reads:

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

Harry Hole thrillers series by Jo Nesbo

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

We look forward to seeing you all post about the event, do keep in contact via our Twitter, tweet us pictures and information about the event we’ll be glad to hear from you!

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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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Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

I’ve very recently joined the team at Atwood Tate, and my previous job was as an International Rights Executive for Octopus Publishing Group. Attending book fairs is an important part of working in rights, and I would like to tell you a bit about my recent trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book and media fair in the world, with over 100 countries represented and more than 7,000 exhibitors attending. This is the place to see and be seen, and a great place to make new contacts and hear about the latest technologies and trends.

There are 8 halls, each with 3 floors at the Frankfurt Buchmesse, so it is impossible to see absolutely everything. Working in rights, our time is mainly spent at our stand, waiting to see our publishing partners to present to them the new titles that we are hoping to sell to them in the next year. Our time at Frankfurt gives us a good feel for how the up-coming year is likely to go, and there are always surprises in which of the new titles are going to be the most sought after when we get back to London.

Attending Frankfurt Book Fair is both an exhilarating and exhausting experience. Days pass in a whirlwind of meetings, dinners and never enough sleep. There is always something happening, and being a part of it all is a good way to learn about the publishing industry.

There is an energy to Frankfurt that is truly unique, and attending is always one of the highlights of the year.

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