May is the month of scorching summer and dreary nights. However, for an avid book reader, this is also the month of much joy. No, not just because they can snuggle up at home, and go on reading. Neither is it because there are summer vacations all around. Although all these things are good enough factors, we aren’t talking about those. Today we are looking at the incredible options that Book Lovers have to get their hands on wonderful books all around the world. Of course, we are talking about Book Fairs which are being held all around the globe. And as the title goes, if these are happening in your city, you just can’t miss them. In this list, we are going to see Book Fairs which are visited by millions of people every year.
You may have your doubts as to why Book Fairs are necessary? Why do you want to go out and visit these in burning heat of summer? Well, there’s not a single reason but many. One of the main reasons why you need to step out is the wide array of books that you get here. Ever wanted that age old classic that you couldn’t find in your nearest bookstore? Or were you searching for a reference book which was useful for your research? Or were you looking to pick a book just to make this summer special?
All these reasons and more make a visit to the Book Fairs worth your time. Need we say more. In regards, to book fairs, with the advent of eBooks and web text materials, you also get options to check out the latest technology within publishing here. All in all, Book Fairs are a great source of knowledge, not only to the people visiting, but also publishers.
Top Ten Book Fairs You Need To Visit This Year:
FrankFurt Book Fair 2017:
Venue: Frankfurt, Germany
Dates: 11th October 2017 to 15th October 2017
Exhibitor’s List: Visit Link For Lists Of The Website Directories
International publishers and readers, bring the best in business to the serene locale of Germany. As the winter set’s in, you can visit Frankfurt Book Fair, to get your hands on the best books and publications from across the globe. If you are a publisher, then Frankfurt Book Fair is the place to exhibit your works. Enterprises across the world, fly into Frankfurt to bring the best products and innovations out. You don’t just get products, but ideas here. Ideas which are shaping the future of publishing as we speak. With panel discussions and expert knowledge tete-a-tete, you have much to explore.
According to the latest reports by the management of the fair, an estimated 275,000 visitors, 7,275 international exhibitors and 9,300 journalists and bloggers came visiting last year. It’s not just an idea sharing portal, but where business models are designed and built. With dedicated slot and space registration opening up, book lovers are flocking to see what this fair have in store for them. Another good thing to know about this exhibition is Frankfurt also conducts similar Book Fairs in places like Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Paris, Cairo, Taipeh and New Delhi etc. This means that you have every chance of visiting one of these Book Fairs within your nation soon enough. Visit the link to the event now to know more.
Sharjah Book Fair:
Venue: Expo Center, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Dates: 1st November 2017 to 11th November 2017
Exhibitor’s List: Government & Semi-Government organisations, Children’s book publishers, book distributors, booksellers, e-publishers, rights agents, Cultural organisations, public libraries, research centres, educational institutions, university libraries, media, etc., Producers of literary/educational aids including maps, audios and videos. Visit here to know more.
With Middle-eastern literature reaching newer heights over the years, so have it’s publishing arenas. One look at the Global recognition awards for literature, and you’ll see that most of these entries are from the Middle Eastern background. You pick any great novel of the present times, better even compile a list and authors from Iran, UAE, Kuwait, Egypt etc will appear. Thus, to celebrate this uprising, Sharjah Book Fair is an apt option. Held at the fag end of the year, Sharjah Book Fair is a place to be. You will find latest in media technology, publishing conversion tools and literature devices, all on display here.
Sharjah International Book Fair is one of the largest book fairs in the world, the most prestigious in the Arab world and home to the most exciting literary event in the region. The main aim of SIBF is to encourage reading among people, especially the younger generation, by making quality books accessible to them at affordable prices. In 2013 the prestigious publication “The Bookseller” named SIBF as one of the top four books fairs globally.
Delhi Book Fair:
Venue: Pragathi Maidan
Dates: August 26th, 2017 To September 3rd, 2017
Exhibitors List: Yet to be announced. Visit the link for more.
When you see the biggest Book Fairs, New Delhi Book Fair is one of the most widely celebrated ones. You hear ever so often that New Delhi Book Fair brings the world literature the Indian Capital. And that’s entirely true. The recent explosion of literature awareness within the country gives enough reasons for Publishers, Printers, Authors and others to look forward to this event. When you compare to the other Book Fairs across the Globe, you have a larger attendance in place for this event. Of course, as the world’s third largest English-speaking nation, people from all parts of the country flock to see the future of books and publication. With multi-national publishers and publishing technology companies, always showcasing their new products here, this is one of the Books Fairs you just cannot miss.
Coming to the history and relevance of this book fair, this Book fair is brought to the capital by National Book Trust (NBT) from the year 2013. Since then the book fair has become truly popular with its wide range of books, covering almost all needs of the visitors. This year’s fair will come to happening in association with Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). The book fair will witness author interactions, book releases, national seminars on -Best practices in Developing Reading skills & Research perspective in Developing Content for Children”.
Antiquarian Book Fair 2017:
Venue: London, United Kingdom
Dates: 1st June 2017 to 3rd June 2017
Exhibitors List: Full List Of Exhibitors, With Accompanying Floor Plans, Dealers
Before we plunge into Book Fairs, let’s see the word Antiquarian. By definition, Antiquarian is the collection of relating to or dealing in antiques or rare books. This is the basic definition of the term used in more than a few book fairs. Of course, as the term explains, Antiquarian Book Fair deals with a rare collection of books which hold significance and historical importance. Who buys them? Many elite and resourceful book readers collect them as hobby collections. The set of books sometimes, become unique treasure pieces. One of these Book Fairs is the London Antiquarian Book Fair which succeeds New York Antiquarian Book Fair. New York edition completed its hold in the first week of March. However, if you have missed that, then you just have to go for the June edition which is in London.
The historical relevance of these collections is incredible, as the book fair claims that the visitors literally hold history in their hands. From medieval manuscripts to modern signed first editions, visitors to the fair can literally hold history in their hands as they view and buy museum-quality books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and original artwork. Specialist publishers always come to these platforms to bring innovation and future to patrons to dive into the future of fine printing. Other features which make your visit here mandatory are – Specialist organisations, expert exhibitors, direct publishing portals, and also some family-friendly activities. Bookfair is being conducted by Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) and is looking to expand to the Asian countries as well.
Beijing Book Fair 2017:
Venue: China International Exhibition Center, Beijing
Dates: 25th August 2017 to 27th August 2017
Exhibitors List: Books, Newspapers, Periodicals and relevant publications since 2016, Multimedia Publications, Cartoon & Animation, Software, Digital Solution and relevant equipment, Printing Solutions and related products and Stationery and Gifts.
Beijing Book Fair has slowly but surely picked up in Book Fairs arena globally. The Book fairs with each year of passing have become more product oriented than ever. However, Beijing Book Fair offers something more in terms of publishing services. In terms of getting new technology in terms of accessibility of clients, exhibitors and more, Beijing Book Fair offers Android, iOS and Windows app. These occasion Apps help you keep a good track of recent updates, event notifications, exhibitor details, event itineraries and more. Truly, a step in the right direction.
According to the estimates, you get from the official conduct site, The Chinese publishing industry is thriving in recent times. In the context, 583 Publishing Companies and over 200 of them are based in Beijing (40%), Private companies are also strong forces. They act as the third package for the state-owned publishers, Chinese publishers bought 16,695 foreign rights in 2014. Total retail book sales were 62.4 billion Yuan (960 million USD) in 2015. This is one of the Book Fairs that you won’t get out once you enter.
Singapore Art Book Fair 2017:
Venue: Gillman Barracks, Singapore
Dates: 27th April Onwards
Exhibitor’s List: The Full View Of Exhibitors Is Given Here
Singapore book fair is perhaps one the most vibrant book fairs of all. With a special focus on contemporary works, arts and culture which reflect the world we live, Singapore book fair brings the world together. Although the functioning and facilities are as good as any other, Singapore Book Fairs have an inclusive nature. They accept and celebrate the literary minds from each and every creed or making. Although there are a couple of book fairs in its vicinity, you can clearly see that Singapore Art Book Fair is the place to be.
Started in 2013, the SABF had at the back of its mind similar art book fairs that were being organised around the world. In the latest edition, the fair was located at the ArtScience Museum. Increased in scale from its first edition, the latest fair saw over 8,000 attendees. In the upcoming SABF, the management aims are to reach a wider audience, represent more diverse and international exhibitors, and work with new artists and publishers in the region. Visitors will include buyers and art book enthusiasts. Other art-related fringe activities will also be taking place.
Tokyo Book Fair:
Venue: Warehouse TERRADA, Tokyo
Dates: October 5th, 2017 to October 8th, 2017
Exhibitor’s List: The Entire List Of Exhibitors
If Singapore doesn’t cut it for you, don’t worry. Not very far away, Tokyo plays the perfect host for the world’s literary minds with its magnificent annual book fair. The early winter fair holds a torch to the tradition of book fairs. Participants of this annual event include independent publishers, galleries, bookstores as well as individual artists and artist groups. The fair has seen significant growth in its scale and content over the years, and the three-day event now brings together over 300 participants from Japan and abroad.
So that was our take on the most exciting book fairs you need to visit to quench your thirst for knowledge. Nothing beats the blues like these and the makings of greatness. Do you think we missed out on any? Let us know right now.