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05 May 2020   |   Edition:337
FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE 2020
JOINT STATEMENT BY THE GERMAN PUBLISHERS & BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION AND FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE
 

As for many other business and cultural events in Germany, the preparations for Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 are currently being affected by a great number of uncertainties due to the corona pandemic.

Many people in the German and international publishing industries have expressed a desire to see Frankfurt’s book fair take place. At the same time, it is clear that events held in October will still be subject to a range of restrictions due to health concerns.

The German Publishers & Booksellers Association and Frankfurter Buchmesse are currently engaged in a discussion about whether and how a book fair can be held given the current situation. This includes possibly using online platforms to stage key events, such as rights negotiations, matchmaking, the presentation of new titles, socio-political discussions, etc.

One of the organizers’ main concerns is designing a flexible model for the book fair that will make it possible for customers from Germany and abroad to decide at short notice later in the year in favour of taking part.

The German Publishers & Booksellers Association and Frankfurter Buchmesse intend to provide further information at the end of May about the form that this year’s book fair could ultimately take.

GERMANY’S BOOKSTORES REOPEN IN TOUGH ECONOMIC CONDITIONS
HERE'S AN INSIGHT
 
Börsenblatt, Media Control

Germany’s economy shrank 2.2 percent in the first quarter, a helpful weekly series from our colleagues at German publishing trade magazine Börsenblatt is starting to provide some insights into how the reopening of physical bookstores in Germany—one of our major reading cultures—is looking in the early stages. The discussion, provided by Börsenblatt‘s deputy editor-in-chief Christina Schulte, tells us that “In April, turnover in hardcover and first-edition paperbacks at retail bookshops fell by 47.3 percent, with paperbacks dropping by 44.2 percent. In terms of individual product categories, travel recorded the highest drop at almost 80 percent, followed by a 51 percent hit for nonfiction books. A glance at overall unit sales shows a decline of 51.1 percent, while prices rose by an impressive 8.5 percent.”

And there’s much more to be gleaned from the charting that Börsenblatt is doing on the road to bookstores’ recovery. Read more.

GLOBALOCAL TALKS
EPISODE 5 COMING SOON
 

Welcome to the Globalocal Talks. Globalocal Talks podcast series features entrepreneurs, authors and leaders making an impact on the publishing industry and  the creative sector internationally. We dive into what it takes to succeed  especially in tough conditions, we seek out lessons from all, from publishing experts to budding entrepreneurs and writers. 

Epsiode 5 of the podcast series will be out soon. Stay connected with our social media @GBOnewdelhi.

PUBLISHING AND THE PANDEMIC
THOUGHTS FROM THE INDUSTRY
 

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