Having trouble reading this email? Click Here to View it in your browser.
20 March 2020   |   Edition:334

Every year the Frankfurter Buchmesse is the meeting spot for publishing experts, representatives from the creative and tech industries, writers, stars and movers and shakers in the creative fields from all over the world. At the Frankfurt Conference on 15 October 2020 a new international format will open that merges experienced industry knowledge with interdisciplinary networking. What does this all mean for you? Even more ideas, more contacts and even more inspiration.
Continue to use your time at the fair to visit the thematically organised stages of Frankfurter Buchmesse. Learn more about new business models, trends and market developments with direct relevance to your industry branch. Be part of the conversation!
Frankfurt Conference
Publishing Insights, Audio, Rights & Licensing and Academic – these are the topics that await you in addition to the big Opening Keynote on 15 October 2020 at the Frankfurt Conference. The Opening Keynote promises inspiration and a look into the future of the content industry. 
15 October 2020
12.30 pm to 06.30 pm
Congress Center Messe Frankfurt
Earlybird tickets: 199 Euro (until 31 July 2020)

Professional Programme
You would like to gain more knowledge and contacts in your area of the book industry? Trade visitors will benefit from the diverse Programme presented on the stages of Frankfurter Buchmesse
Here is a first selection of our professional programme and topics.

Seminar & Business Breakfast with SSP and The Scholarly Kitchen
Discussions enter the next round among scientific and academic publishers. Explore current international developments with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and the head chef of The Scholarly Kitchen (TSK). Breakfast included.
Kick-off your fair visit with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and The Scholarly Kitchen (TSK) Chefs in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse. Learn about the latest trends in scholarly and academic publishing worldwide and make new valuable contacts.
Hall 4.2, Academic & Professional Information Stage

At the centre for politics, literature and translation, top speakers from various disciplines look at the most pressing issues of our time. These topics affect us all. Become part of the dialogue.

Join us on 15 October 2020!


Every year Frankfurter Buchmesse Fellowship Programme invites 16 participants from all over the world to an intensive training and networking programme in the week before the fair opens. The focus is on information exchange, professional dialogue and the enhancement of professional networking. The Frankfurt Fellowship agenda includes visits to publishing houses, agencies and bookstores, market presentations, matchmaking events and numerous networking opportunities in three German cities and at Frankfurter Buchmesse.
In 2020, the Fellowship will be held under the theme of Young Adult books, i.e. all participants and activities will be concentrated on this focus topic.

Application requirements
/ Several years of experience in publishing
/ Good knowledge of English
/ Three letters of recommendation from international business partners
/ Recommendation from the management of the publishing house that employs the candidate

Why participate?
Programme offers participants from 16 countries the opportunity to discover the special features of various book markets and, above all, to build new ties in the German book industry.


The spread of the Corona-virus (COVID-19) is increasing everyday globally and as many countries go under lock-down including many cities in India till 31 March 2020. We saw drastic changes in the nature in many countries as the carbon emissions and air pollution decline in China due to less vehicles being run on the road which is a record breaking cut in itself. We also noticed Venice canals to be crystal clear and dolphins and swans in those canals since the lock-down. Italy costs have dolphins coming nearer and nearer. Japan saw dears roaming free in the streets and same was seen in Thailand when Monkeys were out on the roads devoid of tourists. The Earth has already began showing sings of amazing things that are happening from the absence of human pollution. In Wuhan, after the noise you can hear the birds again, few days of silence and there is no longer thick with fumes but blue and grey and clear sky. Venice’s typically murky waterways have turned clear since the sediment remains on the ground without boat traffic and the return of wildlife. In Assisi, people are singing to each other through their windows to help those alone and let them feel that they are with their family . In Ireland, there is a hotel  which is offering free meals. People are helping each other, they are being human to their neighborhood.

What if the entire human population use this as an opportunity to restart society on a greener, more environment conscious foot. Has the nature hit the reset button itself?
It is not only the Nature that saw some positive changes, the publishing industry came up with few additions and information to bring a change in the wake of Corona. International Publishers Make COVID-19 Research Content Freely Available. The chief science advisers of 12 nations are calling on publishers “to voluntarily agree to make their COVID-19 and corona-virus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, immediately accessible in PubMed Central and other appropriate public repositories, such as the World Health Organization’s COVID data base, to support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts.” As the corona-virus spreads, international publishing has choices. It can focus on its own obstacles and setbacks. Or it can ask how to put its best creativity into the hands of a world that needs it. Publishing Perspectives have released their "New Spring Magazine: Publishing in Times of Crisis". Download the online version, here

Macmillan and PRH Ease Library Digital Book Availability. As social distancing requirements intensify, physical library facilities are being shuttered and digital lending systems become more important. Macmillan CEO John Sargent on 17 March has abandoned his embargo of newly released ebooks for libraries in the United States, issuing a short note to the news media as below.

In an announcement issued on 17 March by Penguin Random House spokespeople in New York, the world’s largest publisher says, “To further encourage book reading, especially among students, and to support school and public libraries that are closed with the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House will discount the prices of the ebook and audiobook titles sold through wholesalers to these institutions.

German Book Office New Delhi
c/o AVANTA Business Centre | International Trade Tower | 2nd Floor | Block "E" | Nehru Place | New Delhi 110019 | India

t +91 11 6617 2441 | t +91 11 4912 0951 | e contact@newdelhi.gbo.org | www.newdelhi.gbo.org

German Book Office New Delhi is a joint venture between the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin.

Associated links:
www.book-fair.com | www.publishingperspectives.com


Click Here if you do not wish to receive this communication.