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Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 Announces No Exhibits and Focus on Digital Offerings

Tuesday, September 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lee Wind
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(Manhattan Beach, CA - September 8, 2020) -- As reported by Porter Anderson in Publishing Perspectives, today the Frankfurt Book Fair organizers announced that there will be no physical exhibits this year, and instead they will focus on their local and digital offerings.

Juergen Boos, president and CEO of Buchmesse, said in the announcement, “Now the focus is on our virtual offer and the events in the festival hall and in the city. In the last few months we have expanded our numerous, already existing services into a coherent digital overall concept. International publishing professionals meet well-known and new digital formats with which they can advance their business even in times of coronavirus...”

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has been preparing for a robust digital offering for Frankfurt. On August 25, 2020, IBPA announced its single-title digital offering for the Frankfurt Book Fair, which includes:

  • A set of custom webinars explaining how to license foreign and translation rights from a U.S. publisher to a foreign publisher when the U.S. publisher controls foreign and translation rights to a work.
  • Listing in Frankfurt Book Fair's Frankfurt Rights digital catalog (currently named IPR License, but to be rebranded "Frankfurt Rights" in September 2020).
  • Listing on a dedicated website showcasing IBPA member titles with foreign and translation rights available.
  • Listings will remain online for one year.
  • Website will be socialized to a custom list of 550+ foreign rights contacts, developed by IBPA over 35 years of attending the Frankfurt Book Fair, who will be invited to one-on-one meetings with the IBPA office to discuss the titles available.
  • Opportunity to embed a video explaining why the title listed is a good candidate for foreign rights sales, and which countries would be a good fit (optional but encouraged).
  • In addition to the online listing, the website will include a downloadable PDF catalog of all titles.
  • Updated sample translation rights licensing agreement to use for developing a contract for licensing foreign and translation rights.

Registration for single-title display in IBPA’s [Virtual] Frankfurt Book Fair is available through September 18th, 2020. Registration is available here.

For more information, contact IBPA COO Terry Nathan at or 310-546-1818.

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