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 below are the most popular book fairs that continuously make a tremendous impact on readers.
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 and catch the next event in autumn.
London Book Fair
For the publishing industry, London Book Fair is considered as the foremost event in the world. The event is held annually and brings together the leaders from all aspects of the publishing industry as well with the booksellers, rights agents and media trend-spotters. Every year more than 1700 international exhibitor attend London Book Fair. Although the venue of the event has been changed recently, the current venue of London Book Fair is Olympia London.
Turin International Book Fair
Europe’s largest book fair in terms of visitors number, Turin International Book Fair has been held annually since 1988. The book fair is traditionally takes place in May in Lingotto Fiere. The event was first held in 1988 and since then, a guest of honor has been named for the fair each year. If you need more detailed information about the current Turin International Book Fair, you can visit the event page.
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”. If you are interested in witnessing Sharjah World Book Fair, the event is held in every november in Expo Center Sharjah.
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 appeals around 100000 visitors and more than 700 publishers.
Tokyo International Book Fair
In East Asia Tokyo International Book Fair is regarded as the largest book event. Tokyo Big Sight hosts this remarkable event annually each year, around 50000 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. The traditional venue of this most visited cultural event in Serbia, is Belgrade Fair Ground. During the fair several prizes are awarded which are The Most Beautiful Book of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Publishing Project of the Year and the Children's Book of the Year.
Guadalajara International Book Fair
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 takes place in Expo Guadalajara towards the end of each year.
Istanbul Book Fair
Organized by Tuyap Fairs and Exhibitions Organization, Istanbul Book Fair is held in Tuyap Fair Convention & Congress Center in every autumn. 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. The fair comes with a different concept every year and receives nearly 500000 visitors annually.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival is an open air festival rather than a fair in a convention center and offers its visitors writing workshops, talks by international authors, music performances and even more in an extremely joyful atmosphere. Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place in Charlotte Square Gardens in every August drawing nearly 250000 visitors.
Sao Paulo International Book Biennial
Sao Paulo International Book Biennial is held in Anhembi Convention Center in every two years to bring together a widely-varied audience such as publishers, bookstores and readers from all ages. Nearly 800000 visitors comes to this fair and benefit from its highly diversified cultural program. If you don’t want to miss the next event that will shape the sector in the whole region, keep following the event page of Sao Paulo International Book Biennial.
New Delhi Book Fair
New Delhi Book Fair is an annual event that takes place every winter at Pragati Maidan. The event is known as the oldest book fair in India and in terms of English language publications, New Delhi Book Fair comes third in Europe. For the current version of the fair, you can have more detailed information on the event page.