Reading promotion after the pandemic, the audio-books phenomenon and accessibility in digital publishing are the three key topics of the Aldus Up programme of professional events at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2022, featuring both hybrid, physical and fully digital initiatives.


October 20 – 15.00 to 16.00

Accessibility Now: will you be ready for the European Accessibility Act in 2025?

In presence: event broadcasted live on the LED screen at the outdoor viewing area Agora


Any publisher selling its e-books in Europe in 2025 and all the actors of the e-publishing supply chain will need to respect the European Accessibility Act. The Federation of European Publishers (FEP), the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organise a practical session with international accessibility experts who will tell you everything you need to know about the act and how to be compliant. More info at: “Accessibility Now”. An event at the Frankfurter Buchmesse – Fondazione LIA

October 21 – 16.00 to 17.30

Listening to the Future: Books and Audio

Online on MS Teams

Conference focusing on audio-books, organised by EUROPUB (European Publishing Studies Association), which associates European researchers specialized in book publishing studies. Naomi Baron (American University, Washington [US]) will speak on the subject “Listening and reading: how does the audio trend relate to the reading discourse”, followed by Jens Klingelhöfer (Bookwire, Frankfurt [GER]) on “The audio value chain: participating made easy” and John B. Thompson (University of Cambridge [UK]) on “The bigger picture: the audio battle in the book wars”. The event will continue with an open discussion and conclusive remarks.


October 22 – 11.45 to 12.30

Reading promotion and the Corona Pandemic

In presence: Forum Bildung (Stand 3.1/C28) .


EU Read Consortium members will discuss the impact of the school lockdowns during the pandemic in different EU countries and strategies needed after the pandemic to motivate children to read.

With Daan Beeke (Domain Specialist Stichting Lezen, the Netherlands) Prof. Dr. Simone Ehmig (Head of the Institute for Research on Reading and Media, Stiftung Lesen, Germany) Marc Lambert (CEO Scottish Book Trust, Scotland) Moderation: Karin Plötz, Director LitCam. More info here