Frankfurt Book Fair Frankfurt

| International trade fair for the book trade

The Frankfurt Book Fair, located in Frankfurt am Main, is not only the world's largest trade fair for books and magazines but also the oldest of its kind. Its origins trace back to the Autumn Fair of 1454, shortly after Johannes Gutenberg invented the revolutionary movable-type printing just four years earlier. It was probably here that his famous "Gutenberg Bible" was showcased. Although the fair has held a significant place in book history since that time, the year 1949 is often cited as its founding year because it has been organized by the Frankfurt Book Fair GmbH since then..

Every October, the Frankfurt Fair becomes the global gathering spot for the book industry. The event attracts visitors from all around the world, eager to learn about the latest publications and the most current trends in the world of books. The range of topics covered by the fair spans from fiction and non-fiction to religion, youth, and children's literature, all the way to art books and academic works. It serves not only as an international platform for the book trade but also as a magnet for book enthusiasts. A special highlight each year is the "Guest of Honor" country, which takes center stage at the fair and offers deep insights into its literature and culture.

Digitalization has significantly impacted the entire book industry, and the Frankfurt Book Fair is no exception. As a result of digitalization, the fair has evolved and adapted in various ways. The Book Fair has expanded its focus and no longer presents only physical books. E-books, audiobooks, and other digital formats have become integral parts of the offerings. Many exhibitors also showcase technological innovations such as e-readers, digital reading apps, or innovative software for publishers. Discussions and lectures about the effects of digitalization on the book industry are increasingly being held at the fair. Topics such as digital publishing, copyright in the digital age, and dealing with Big Data are particularly relevant. Digitalization has given rise to new business models, which are discussed and introduced at the fair, like self-publishing platforms or subscription models for e-books and audiobooks. By incorporating digital media and formats, the fair also appeals to younger generations and tech enthusiasts interested in the intersection of literature and technology.

The Frankfurt Fairgrounds, as a venue, boasts an impressive site, sprawling over a vast area and offering excellent facilities for exhibitors and visitors. Numerous international fairs and events take place here annually, making the city of Frankfurt a significant expo and convention center.

In conclusion, the Frankfurt Book Fair stands out not only because of its long-standing tradition and impressive size but also due to its role as a cultural and business hub of the global book world. Every year, it provides a unique experience for all who cherish and appreciate books.

The Frankfurt Book Fair caters to both professionals and the general public. However, please note that the fair is open to the public exclusively on Saturday and Sunday.

The Frankfurt Book Fair takes place annually, and therefore for the seventy-sixth time previsibly in October 2024 in Frankfurt.

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Fair location:

Messe Frankfurt,
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany


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Ausstellungs- und Messe GmbH
Reineckstr. 3
60313 Frankfurt, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)69 21020
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Past editions:
  • 18. - 22. October 2023
    Frankfurt am Main
  • 19. - 23. October 2022
    Frankfurt am Main
  • 20. - 24. October 2021
    Frankfurt am Main
  • 14. - 18. October 2020
  • 16. - 20. October 2019
    Frankfurt am Main
  • 10. - 14. October 2018
    Frankfurt am Main
  • 11. - 15. October 2017
    Frankfurt am Main
    • 7309 exhibitors from 102 countries
    • 286425 visitors
  • 19. - 23. October 2016
    Frankfurt am Main
  • 14. - 18. October 2015
    Frankfurt am Main
  • 08. - 12. October 2014
    Frankfurt am Main
  • 09. - 13. October 2013
    Frankfurt am Main

Fair location:

Messe Frankfurt,
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany


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Product groups: art, books, calendars, comics, literature, magazines, maps, Newspapers, paperbacks, …

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Where does the Frankfurt Book Fair taking place?
The Frankfurt Book Fair fair takes place in Frankfurt, at the Messe Frankfurt.

When is the Frankfurt Book Fair taking place?
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How often does the Frankfurt Book Fair take place?
The Frankfurt Book Fair takes place annually.

What kind of fair is the Frankfurt Book Fair?
The Frankfurt Book Fair is an exhibition for Book, Books and Library & Literature.