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Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Cultural, economical, political

According to a press release NSR received from the 2017 Frankfurter Buchmesse, the world’s largest Book Fair ended yesterday with some positive numbers:

  • 286,425 visitors from over 150 countries
  • 3 percent increase in attendance over 2016
  • 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries
  • a total of 4,000 events  over the course of six days
  • 500 tables sold at the Literary Agents and Scouts Centre (LitAg), a new record
  • 6.5 percent more visitors over the weekend (when the Fair is open to the public)

More from the press release summing up this year’s Fair:

The opening of the Frankfurter Buchmesse by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sent a strong signal highlighting a Europe of culture. Various other politicians attended the fair, including French Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen, German Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters, German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles, German SPD Party Leader Martin Schulz, and Gregor Gysi, President of the European Left. The fair was overshadowed by confrontations between left- and right-wing groups. Continue reading Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Cultural, economical, political

Georgia, one of the world’s oldest nations, will be the Guest of Honor at 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurter Buchmesse has announced next year’s Guest of Honor at the Fair: Georgia. The 2017 Guest of Honor is France.

Georgia, one of the world’s oldest nations, will be the Guest of Honor at next year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse (10–14 October 2018). In keeping with the motto “Georgia – Made by Characters”, the Guest of Honor’s time at the fair will focus not only on Georgian literature and language and on new titles in German by Georgian authors, but also on the script itself, the Georgian alphabet, which was added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2016.

Created using 33 artfully curved characters whose history goes back to the 4th century, stories will be told in 2018 about the country with the long literary tradition that is located on the border between Asia and Europe – stories about Georgia’s people, culture, cuisine and many other unique features.

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Press conference has been set for Thursday, 12 October 2017, at 11.00 am at Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, Level C.3, Room Illusion 2, Messe Frankfurt, Fairgrounds, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1,60327 Frankfurt am Main.

Speakers will include:
• Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse
• Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection, Republic of Georgia
• Medea Metreveli, Director of the Georgian National Book Center
• Nino Haratischwili, Author

Save the Date:
The Georgian-British musician Katie Melua will be present during the ceremony when France, this year’s Guest of Honour, hands over the “GuestScroll” to the 2018 Guest of Honour, Georgia, closing the Book Fair. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, 15 October 2017 (3.30 to 4.30 pm, Forum, Level 1).

The [powerful] connection between digitalization, creativity and society

An interesting discussion is taking place in the Frankfurt Book Fair circles. This press release hints at the opportunities afforded to society through digitalization, To understand it fully, it helps to understand what THE ARTS+ is about.  It is “a fair, business festival and international meeting place for the culture and creative industries,” which launched in October 2016 during the Frankfurt Book Fair and will return in October 2017.

The goal is to exploit the potential of digitalization for creative content and to develop new business areas. International artists, opinion leaders and experts will present at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair innovative approaches from the fields of publishing, museums, architecture and design, brands and agencies.

Publishing professionals and librarians can draw inspiration from such discussions as they may lead them in the direction of new partnerships, collaborations, and initiatives with ebooks and econtent, particularly (but not limited to) those promoting visual arts. Continue reading The [powerful] connection between digitalization, creativity and society

Articles of Interest

Macmillan POD Shift: Kiss Your Warehouses Goodbye – eReads

Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy? – CNET News

New Attributor study on pirated ebooks – of dubious value

How Amazon is Winning the eBook Wars

Frankfurt 2010: Google Editions Makes a Strong Impression at the Fair

The Kobo and the Alex Ereaders Compared

Trying to borrow library e-books a frustrating exercise – Cover to Cover

Toronto startup cracks the electronic textbook – The Globe and Mail

Amazon Can Exterminate Everyone Else In eBooks

Barnes & Noble Launches Self-Publishing Platform PubIt | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Baker & Taylor partners with K-NFB

Lots of great press releases this week from the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Here’s one from B&T.

Baker & Taylor and K-NFB Reading Technology Partnership to Deliver an Immersive, Next Generation Reading Experience, Baker & Taylor, Inc( 10/14/2009 )

World’s Premier Distributor of Physical and Digital Media Content Joins Forces with Pioneer in Reading Technologies

FRANKFURT, Germany – October 14, 2009 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today at Frankfurt Book Fair announced a partnership to provide digital media content for K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.’s e-reader.

In its latest in a series of digital media partnerships, Baker & Taylor will acquire and distribute digital media for the soon-to-be-released e-reader, which delivers the most advanced, flexible and open reading platform technology developed to date. K-NFB Reading Technology is a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc., an innovator and pioneer in reading technologies and the creator of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and the National Federation of the Blind, the largest, most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. Continue reading Baker & Taylor partners with K-NFB

NetLibrary tops 200,000 eBooks, adds 35 new publishers

Received this press release from Bob Murphy at OCLC:

35 new publishers add more multilingual content to NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook collections

NetLibrary now offers more than 200,000 eBooks and more than 13,000 eAudiobooks from more than 550 publishers

More titles, more choices for library users worldwide
Continue reading NetLibrary tops 200,000 eBooks, adds 35 new publishers

e-content will overtake traditional books in sales by 2018

Just one of the findings from the Frankfurt Book Fair survey of over 1,000 industry professionals.  All of the survey results are in the press release.

Here’s a snippet about the challenges, which I find interesting:

Challenges facing the industry

70 per cent of respondents may feel ready for the digital challenge, but industry professionals nevertheless recognised the need to work together to tackle certain issues. The following top four concerns will be discussed at length during this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair:

• copyright — 28 per cent – typical…
• digital rights management — 22 per cent  – Oh, that nasty DRM
• standard format (such as epub) — 21 per cent  – how about one platform while you’re at it
• retail price maintenance — 16 per cent – hopefully this will filter to library price maintenance too