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IBPA Cancels In-Person Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 Participation

Wednesday, July 1, 2020   (0 Comments)
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(Manhattan Beach, CA - July 1, 2020) -- The Frankfurt Book Fair is an important event in the global publishing calendar, one the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has been attending in support of its diverse membership since the mid-1980s.

After carefully reflecting on the current situation related to COVID-19 and taking into consideration the health and safety of its employees and members, IBPA decided during a June 24, 2020 board of directors meeting that the association will not exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. Separately, and unrelated to the IBPA board of directors decision, the following IBPA booth partners also decided not to exhibit in 2020:

  • Independent Publishers Group
  • J. Ross Publishing
  • Lerner Publishing
  • Llewellyn Worldwide
  • New Harbinger Publications
  • PSI/Publishers’ Services International
  • Sourcebooks
  • Trafalgar Square Books
  • Turner Publishing.

As of July 1st, IBPA is watching for the virtual and digital solutions being developed by Frankfurt Book Fair to provide new ways of connecting with and selling rights to the global publishing industry.

According to Thomas Minkus, VP Emerging Media & English Language Markets for the Frankfurt Book Fair:

"The Frankfurter Buchmesse is most importantly a platform for publishing. Our primary goal is to create the most valuable opportunities for our international community to engage with each other and with the public. We completely understand and respect that many people are uncomfortable about participating in a large event right now. That is why we are offering several choices to our exhibitors and visitors as to how they can participate in the fair this year.

"First, we are offering 100% refunds to exhibitors who choose to cancel their stands. Second, we are creating new on-site participation options—like workstations and tables—that will allow companies to decide last-minute, and based on the changing health situation, whether to attend the fair in person. And third, for those who choose to participate virtually, we are developing an online offering that will enable people to meet, network, attend virtual events, and buy and sell rights.

"Our commitment to supporting the global book business is unwavering. This will be a hard year financially for the fair and for many in the publishing industry, and we are doing everything we can to create more opportunities to keep meaningful business going in this challenging environment."

Anyone with questions about IBPA's cancellation of in-person participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair, or ideas on how IBPA can support the independent publishing community’s foreign rights needs, is invited to contact IBPA chief operations officer Terry Nathan at

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