The Frankfurt Book Fair
() is the world's largest trade fair
, based on the number of publishing companies represented. As to the number of visitors, the Turin Book Fair
attracts about as many visitors, viz. some 300,000.
It is held annually in mid-October at the Frankfurt Trade Fair
, Germany. The first three days are restricted exclusively to trade visitors; the general public can attend on the last two.
Representatives from book publishing and multimedia companies from all over the world come to the Frankfurt Book Fair in order to negotiate international publishing
rights and licensing fees. The fair is organised by a subsidiary company of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association
. For five days more than 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and more than 286,000 visitors take part. The Frankfurt Book Fair is considered to be the most important book fair in the world for international deals and trading.
The Frankfurt Book Fair has a tradition that spans over more than 500 years. Soon after Johannes Gutenberg
had invented printing
in movable letters in Mainz
near Frankfurt, the first book fair was held by local booksellers
. Until the end of the 17th century, it was the most important book fair in Europe. As a consequence of political and cultural developments, it was eclipsed by the Leipzig Book Fair
during the Enlightenment
. After World War II, the first book fair was held again in 1949 at the St. Paul's Church
. Since then, it has... Read More