We recently attended the London Book Fair which was buzzing from the word go. The London Book Fair welcomes over 25,000 industry professionals from 124 countries during the three days of the Fair. This is a very important event for anyone who works with books or in the publishing industry as a large number of book deals are agreed upon here. London is the second largest book fair in the world (following Frankfurt).
Now in its 44th year, The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. It returned in April to a brand new venue – Olympia in West London, for a Fair that covered all aspects of the industry.
For Bookworm Translations, this turned out to be a very successful event – we agreed upon 10 book translations with publishers such as Adlard Coles Nautical, Univers Poche, Galaxy Press and Manchester University Press. It was a chance to meet people who we would normally only converse with via email, and one cannot underestimate the importance of face-to-face meetings to agree on the finer points of book translation deals and to ‘seal the deal’.
Enclosed are a few pictures I took from the fair. The diversity and quality of products and services on show from thousands of exhibitors was astonishing, every aspect of the publishing industry was represented here. The range of topics covered in the book fair’s Insights Programme was staggering and gave attendees access to an unrivalled line-up of educational seminars, interviews, workshops and demos.
One session that proved particular popular was the Challenging Tradition; what skills are #trending now. You can see what other conferences and seminars were held here. As you can see, there was no shortage of knowledge shared and plenty of food for thought for anyone in the publishing industry! More specifically, there were 58 events which focussed on translation and a stand held by the Literary Translation Centre where authors, translators and publishers could mingle and share ideas on which works should be made available to English readers and vice versa.
A focus on Mexico…
The London Book Fair Market Focus initiative has done much to open doors, creating both commercial and cultural partnerships around the world since it was first introduced in 2004.
This year it was Mexico’s turn in the spotlight and throughout the week the country’s dynamic publishing industry and long literary traditions were showcased. Other countries which were very well represented included France, Germany, Norway, Spain and Canada, who all had a large stand grouping together some of their largest publishing houses in order to showcase their latest literary offerings.
A focus on English PEN
One of the exhibitors whose main cause is very close to our heart is English PEN, who deal with more sensitive issues such as censorship. PEN International is the body that campaigns for freedom of expression for writers everywhere. The PEN Literary Salon hosted events, author of the day interviews and literary debate throughout the Fair.
To find out more about this organisation, please take a moment to visit their website: http://www.englishpen.org/. They also offer translation grants to publishers who are interested in translating foreign works into English and will fund up to 100% of the translation cost for publishers whose turnover is below £100K, or 75% of the cost of translation for those whose turnover is higher.
Key LBF Stats
- 25,000 + attendees throughout London Book and Screen Week
- 13,000+ visitors from over 120 countries
- Over 1,700 exhibitors from 67 countries
- 420+ delegates at the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference
- Social Media reach of nearly 117,000
- 9,500 Facebook Likes
- 29,000 Twitter followers
- 5,000 Linkedin Group members
- Over 100,000 views and 326 subscribers on our You Tube channel
- Buyers of Publishing Services and Gifts/Non-book Products
- Buyers/Sellers of Rights/IP/Content
- Digital Solutions Developers/Buyers
- Literary Agents/Scouts
All in all, we very much enjoyed our visit to the London Book Fair and aim to be among the 1,000+ companies who are represented from 67 countries next year. Hope to see you there in 2016!
The Bookworm Team