Right-sized and re-made, the Frankfurt Book Fair retains its pre-eminent position in the global publishing industry, digital revolution and all.
“A lot of business can now be done over the Internet, and frankly, you don’t need to bring the teams you used to have,” notes Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. Total attendance for the recently-concluded fair, Albanese reports, came in at 275,342 – a modest decline of 2.2% from 2012.
“Overall, the consensus was that the 2013 Frankfurt Book fair was a busy one. The volume of deals was heavy, and publishers and agents reported full schedules throughout the day’s three professional days,” Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “The expanded LitAg center had every table sold, and exhibitor numbers were basically flat over 2012.”