The second edition of European Book Fairs. Facts and Figures, jointly developed with the contribution of national and international Book Fairs joining ALDUS – the European Book Fairs’ network, provides an updated overview of the European scenario, highlighting the key aspects that make every exhibition unique. Less than one year after its first release, this new edition has been enriched with the portrait of four additional European exhibitions (Göteborg Book Fair, Liber International Book Fair, Madrid Book Fair, Tempo di Libri – Milan Book Fair) that started collaborating with the network and provides for each an enhanced grid for the analysis of key facts and figures, which are also reported in a comprehensive summary table.
This new edition confirms the rich variety of the European scenario, featuring national and international Book Fairs. The former represent an essential opportunity for publishers to engage directly with readers and for reading promotion. The latter, mainly B2B oriented, are the main occasions for book professional to foster business opportunities, share experiences and partnering for co-editions and other initiatives.
As digital technologies are changing the European landscape, Book Fairs are called to transform their format, by focusing on new ways to increase literature promotion at international level, capacity building and helping book professionals to seize the opportunities that digital technologies offer to establish new relations with readers.
The idea behind ALDUS – the European Book Fairs’ network – is simple: collaboration, mutual knowledge at pan-European level are essential for Book Fairs to innovate their models and find new opportunities to become more and more competitive in a global cultural market.
In line with the spirit of the ALDUS network, this publication is intended as a benchmarking tool for book professionals to discover the evolving landscape of European book fairs through key facts and figures and to boost the dialogue on how Book Fairs can further collaborate to increase their capacities in the area of internationalization, reading promotion and audience engagement.
European Book Fairs. Facts and Figures 2017 is available for download HERE.