ALDUS – European Book Fairs’ Network

 

ALDUS (named after Aldo Manuzio) is the European Book Fairs’ network, primary aimed at fostering transnational mobility of European literary works and book professionals.

Starting points are the presence in the network of the two leading B2B International book-fairs in the world (Frankfurt and Bologna), and the rich variety of national book fairs, open to the public (Rome, Vilnius, Riga, Lisbon and Bucharest book fairs). The former are already the place for professionals to meet at global level, the latter have a big potential to complement this by offering visibility to national book communities at a European level. The partnership will foster targeted mobility between professionals, through visits and joint events, including workshops, training initiatives and fellowship programmes.

Book-fairs are traditionally the main events for book professional to foster business opportunities (in particular exchanging translation rights), meet, share experiences and partnering for co-editions, or other initiatives. In this context, the dialogue between publishers is a prerequisite for translations, i.e., for mobility of literary works, which is the primary objective of the project and will be supported by dedicated networking and training activities.

In the digital era, Book-fairs are also experiencing change, transforming their format, through focusing on new ways to increase the editorial works mobility, capacity building and helping book professionals to seize the opportunities that digital technologies offer to establish new relations with readers.  Aldus aims at experimenting with new event formats in these areas, more interactive and engaging. Supporting publishers to experiment new ways of using the fairs to engage with their audience is another project objective.

All information elaborated within ALDUS events and initiatives, including training material and in depth resources on the topics of the network (internationalisation, translations, literature promotion, digital innovation) will be made available to the publishing community through the Aldus knowledge hub, an online platform for content and knowledge sharing within the professional book community and for the development of professional and social relations.
Aldus is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe programme; it will run from June 2016 to September 2019. The project is coordinated by AIE (Italian Publishers Association) and involves two leading international book fairs (Frankfurt and Bologna), national fairs (Rome, Vilnius, Riga, Lisbon and Bucharest book fairs) and the European umbrella organisations of authors (EWC – European Writers council) and publishers (FEP – Federation of European Publishers). The network will be increasingly developed throughout the project to reach a pan-European level.

Contacts:
Project Coordinator
AIE (Italian Publishers Association)
e-mail: aldus@aldusnet.eu

Founding members

AIE – Italian publishers association

AIE – Italian publishers association

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APEL – Portuguese Publishers and Booksellers Association

APEL – Portuguese Publishers and Booksellers Association

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Bologna Fiere SpA – Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Bologna Fiere SpA – Bologna Children’s Book Fair

BolognaFiere is one of the world’s leading Trade Fair centres. A business platform hosting major world Trade Fairs, each year BolognaFiere caters for some 21,000 exhibitors and nearly 1,300,000 international..

EDISER Srl

EDISER Srl

Ediser is the service company owned by AIE. It organises in Rome a book fair dedicated to small publishers only, Più Libri Più Liberi. In 2015 the fair had 378..

EUPL – European Union Prize for Literature

EUPL – European Union Prize for Literature

The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction,..

EWC – EUROPEAN WRITERS’ COUNCIL

EWC – EUROPEAN WRITERS’ COUNCIL

EWC-FAEE AISBL is the non-profit Federation of 45 national authors’ associations in 28 European countries representing over 150.000 individual writers and literary translators creating in 31 languages respectively. The EWC..

FEP –Federation of European Publishers

FEP –Federation of European Publishers

FEP is an independent, non-commercial umbrella association representing 28 national associations of book publishers of the EU and of the European Economic Area and candidate countries. FEP is therefore the..

Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 270,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and around 9,300..

LGA – Latvian Publishers Association

LGA – Latvian Publishers Association

The LGA (Latvian Publishers Association – LGA) is the trade association for Latvian publishers operating in Latvia who publish books and digital products in Latvian. The Association was founded in..

LLA – Lithuanian Publishers Association

LLA – Lithuanian Publishers Association

Lietuvos leideju asociacija (Lithuanian Publishers Association, LLA) was founded in 1989. Its functions include representation of the public opinion of its members on the national level and the introduction of..

Romanian Publishers Association

Romanian Publishers Association

The Romanian Publishers Association (AER) upholds and defends the rights of its members, in relation to public authorities, unions or other legal entities. It is tasked with monitoring the fair..