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16 June 2020   |   Edition:339

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 will be a special edition due to the corona pandemic. It will be an on-site programme combined with a forward-looking digital offer. The 72nd Frankfurter Buchmesse will take place on the fairgrounds in accordance with a detailed health and hygiene plan which will reflect the regulations mandated this autumn by the State of Hesse, guaranteeing the safety of visitors, exhibitors and staff attending the fair.

Frankfurter Buchmesse’s digital programme addresses the needs of both participants on site and those joining the fair online from all over the world, offering a range of options: company and product presentations, events and venues for initiating business deals, making contact with business partners, identifying market trends and engaging in further training.

Our hygiene concept: aisle width, minimum distance, visitor movement

It is currently planned to use six floors of hall space (Hall Floors 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1, 6.0 and 6.1).

Author and Bauhaus specialist Jana Revedin speaks at the 2020 Moscow School of Publishing Program

Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Frankfurter Buchmesse, represented by the Russian capital’s German Book Information Center on June 3 concluded a fourth annual School of Publishing program, a three-day event staged digitally, of course, because of the corona-virus COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Russia particularly hard.
The program—a part of Frankfurt’s series of outreach events designed to support strong publishing industries and cultures in established and emerging markets—not only presents issues and developments in world publishing to its participants but also will usually include a chance for those participants to share their own key projects with each other.
This year, the program was opened by Buchmesse’s president and CEO Juergen Boos, who spoke with the architect Jana Revedin on her research and writings in the history of the Bauhaus, featured for the centennial of the work of Walter Gropius and his associates in Germany. Revedin is the author of Everybody Here Calls Me Ms. Bauhaus (Jeder hier nennt mich Frau Bauhaus, Dumont, 2018). Read more. Watch the full video of Boos’ and Revedin’s session here


1. Copyright Takes on the Corona-virus
“You are still seeing people looking to register their works, still looking to protect their works. In fact, often in these types of crises or economic downturns, that’s when clients and content owners look to protect what they have even more,” Pudelka, senior counsel in Locke Lord, Boston in the intellectual property department and co-chair of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and advertising group. says in a recent CCC podcast. “They’re looking to ways to generate revenue or maintain revenues, so they look to their lawyers to help them protect things. So there’s lots going on in the copyright space.”

2. Ten Publishing Things That Will Never Be The Same
During the lockdown, newspaper mailrooms have been empty and it has been pointless to send printed books. It turns out that for the purposes of review and criticism, a PDF is perfectly adequate in all but heavily illustrated art, lifestyle, and children’s books. Universities, local authorities, and schools will be even more budget-conscious than ever. And the rapid and efficient delivery of information through the Internet—whether of ebooks, digital resources, audio downloads, or video—has shown that print purchases can be replaced and budgets adjusted accordingly.

3. The response of Sam Perera, independent publisher in Sri Lanka reflects the impact of the pandemic  
Like most small publishers who concentrate on producing high quality books, we rely on established bookshops for the major part of our sales. Suddenly, as shops closed their doors, our inventories stagnated, sales were non-existent and revenue sources were abruptly cut off. Sri Lankan booksellers are tardy with payments at the best of times; in a newspaper article in mid-May, one of our biggest booksellers, Vijitha Yapa, who runs an eponymous bookstore, announced he would be unable to pay his creditors because his shops have been closed. Business that has ground to a halt does not bode well for anyone.

4. India's shift from offline to online has been significant during lockdown

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 included lockdown in India, consumers have been confined at home. With restrictions on movement in place, the internet has become the main channel to work, socialize, entertain, and explore the world. As per a Comscore survey published on 4 June, the shift from offline to online activity in India has been significant. The time spent per visitor per month jumped during the month of March 2020, compared with the previous month- an 18% increase.

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