The history of book fairs goes back a long way and because they appeal a wider audience, compared to other trade shows, book fairs have a place in this sector. When you attend a book fair, you will not only meet the publishers or the authors, but also the readers which involves anyone from academicians and students to retailers or engineers or craftsmen; because books are timeless and for everyone. Every year, a remarkable number of book fairs are held all around the world and attract millions of people from every walk of life. These events are the most popular book fairs that will make a tremendous impact on readers in the second half of 2016.
Frankfurt Book Fair
The most popular book fair in the world is undoubtedly Frankfurt Book Fair. The history of this fair dates back to 17th century and it’s considered as the most prestigious event in global publishing industry. Every year, some prizes are awarded including Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year. For more information about this prominent book event of the year you can visit the Wikipedia page of Frankfurt Book Fair but if you are beyond curious about this fair, be there in Messe Frankfurt between 19-26 September, 2016.
Sharjah World Book Fair
Sharjah International Book Fair has been held annually since 1982 and it is accepted as the 4th largest book fair in the world. It is the meeting point of more than 1000 publishing company from more than 50 countries and the visitors can find books from almost 180 languages. Several prizes are awarded each year such as “Cultural Personality of the Year”, “Award for the Best International Book” or “Publisher Recognition Award”. For those of you interested in witnessing Sharjah World Book Fair in 2016, the event will be held in Expo Center Sharjah between 2-12 November.
Moscow Book Fair
The biggest book fair in Russia and one of the biggest ones in the world is Moscow Book Fair. Since 1977, the fair has been held annually and each year a guest of honor country is welcomed to introduce their publishing industry. Moscow Book Fair is estimated to host more than 40000 visitors and more than 1000 publishers. It will be held in Central House of Artists in Moscow between 30 November and 4 December, 2016.
Tokyo International Book Fair (TIBF 2016)
In East Asia Tokyo International Book Fair is regarded as the largest book event. Tokyo Big Sight will host this remarkable event between 23-25 September 2016 and more than 40000 visitors are expected as well as almost 500 publishing companies. The fair has many subcategories which are World Book & Culture Fair, Children’s Book Fair, Natural Sciences Book Fair, Humanities & Social Sciences Book Fair and E-Book Zone.
Belgrade Book Fair
Belgrade Book Fair is been held annually in October since 1956 and it is known as the most popular literary event in the region. Last year, 943 exhibitors attended this fair 405 of which were from foreign countries such as Brazil, China, UK, Germany, Iran and Japan. This year nearly 200000 visitors are expected to the 61st version of the fair which will be held in Belgrade Fair Grounds between 23 and 30 October 2016.
Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL 2016)
Guadalajara International Book Fair (also known as FIL) has been held for 30 years by University of Guadalajara and it’s regarded as the most prominent literary event in Ibero-America region. The fair is international addressing to publishing industries from all continents and it is enriched with academic discussions, literature plays and awards. The Guadalajara International Book Fair will take place in Expo Guadalajara between 26 December and 4 November, 2016.
Istanbul Book Fair
Organized by Tuyap Fairs and Exhibitions Organization, 35th Istanbul Book Fair will be held in Tuyap Fair Convention & Congress Center between 12 and 15 November 2016. This annual event appeals not only to Turkish readers but also to readers from near European, Eastern or Asian countries because of the matchless location of Istanbul and last year the fair received 558000 visitors. The fair will host almost 25 foreign authors as “Featured Authors” and this year, the fair's concept will be Philosophy & Humanity.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival is an open air festival rather than a fair in a convention center and offer its visitors writing workshops, talks by international authors, music performances and even more in an extremely joyful atmosphere. Edinburgh International Book Festival will take place in Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh between 13 - 29 August 2016.
Sao Paulo International Book Biennial
In August, 23nd Sao Paulo International Book Biennial will be held in Anhembi Convention Center to bring together a widely-varied audience such as publishers, bookstores and readers from all ages. 800000 visitors are expected to attend this fair and benefit from its highly diversified cultural program. If you don’t want to miss this event that will shape the sector in the whole region, be in Sao Paulo between 26 August - 04 September, 2016.