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2005 International Book Fairs


International Book Fairs 2005

Our list of book fairs has been updated for the New Year, including a few more new ones. Some annual fairs seem to have been cancelled for this year, but we will revise this list as more information becomes available.

A large number of international book fairs are held throughout the year. Most of these are primarily intended as trade fairs for the book trade, but many of them have extensive programmes of cultural events and opportunities to meet authors. Some set out to attract the general public, others have particular days when the public can get in.

The book fairs are worth researching, as you may find that there is one you can get to. The benefits are the vast array of new and forthcoming books on display, the seminars, conferences and author events which may be planned, and the chance to see the publishing world in action.

2005 Book Fairs

Rotterdam Book Festival

 20-23 January

Cairo International Book Fair

26 January - 8 February

Havana International Book Fair

3 -13 February

New Delhi World Book Fair

 14 - 27 February
The Fair not only offers a glimpse of the multi-lingual publishing industry in India, which has developed substantially in recent years, but also meets the needs of the vast Indian book market.

Taipei International Book Exhibition

15 -20 February
Described as the gateway to Asia, the 2002 event had 300,000 visitors and 47 nations were represented.

Baltic Book Fair

3 - 6 March

London Book Fair

13 - 15 March
Europe’s premier international spring book fair, increasingly seen as the key book fair for the first half of the year, balancing the Frankfurt Book FairWorld's largest trade fair for books; held annually mid-October at Frankfurt Trade Fair, Germany; First three days exclusively for trade visitors; general public can attend last two. in the second half. British publishers are of course out in force, but this fair now attracts visitors from all over the world. 22,000 visitors in 2002, one-third from overseas. Moving to a larger site in London's Docklands in 2006.

Leipzig Book Fair

17 - 20 March

25th Salon du Livre

18 - 23 March
The French book fair, an elegant meeting-point for the book trade with a large number of meetings and many events organised for the public.

Bangkok International Book Fair

25 March - 6 April
An international book fair organised by the Thai Publishers and Booksellers Association. Free admission to the public.

Jerusalem International Book Fair

3 - 8 April


11 - 15 April Bringing together content decision-makers from the worlds of digital entertainment, Internet, mobile and Interactive, this is the biggest international gathering of its kind.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

13 - 16 April http://www.bookfair.bolognafiere.
Still worth attending, this is the top international children’s book fair, attended by children’s publishers from all over the world. Many feel that this is the best book fair of them all, graced by a relaxed atmosphere, wonderful food and a great location in the lovely Italian city of Bologna.


12th International Book Festival 21 - 24 April
Cultural events and conferences on issues affecting the book trade. 60,000 visitors in 2002, with 500 exhibitors from 30 countries.

Tehran International Book Fair

1 - 10 May
General public’s festival of books, attended in 2002 by 2 million people. The Fair may be cancelled again this year.


International Book Fair 5 - 8 May
Cultural and business event organised by the Czech Booksellers and Publishers.

Warsaw International Book Fair

9 - 22 May

Nigeria International Book Fair

10 - 14 May
Designed to give existing and prospective publishers and booksellers the opportunity of exploring and exploiting the country's book market. Focusing on indigenous publishing in 2005.

Australian Book Fair Sydney

Australia’s national book fair, large public attendance. Cancelled in 2004, it is not clear whether it will be reinstated in 2005.

BookExpo America

 Chicago 4-6 June
Primarily a trade fair which enables American publishers to show booksellers their fall lists, this big fair has been through many vicissitudes, but is currently seen as rather less of an international fair, although the fair authorities are trying to reverse this trend. It has 2000 exhibitors, 500 authors and 100 conference sessions.

Seoul International Book Fair

4-9 June
Increasingly important internationally.

BookExpo Canada

24 - 27 June
Canada’s leading event for the book publishing industry

American Library Association Conference

25 - 28 June

Tokyo International Book Fair

7 - 10 July

Big event for Asian book trade, giving access to the world's second biggest book market.

London Remainder and Promotional Book Fair

11 - 12 September at the Business Design Centre, Islington.
Thousands of remainder and bargain books – not for the faint-hearted author!

Moscow International Book Fair

1- 6 September

Beijing International Book Fair

1 - 5 September
Important fair for publishers from all over the world who are interested in getting into the booming Chinese market, this has rapidly established itself as an essential stop on the international rights circuit.

Goteborg International Book Fair

29 September - 2 October
Biggest meeting-point for Scandinavian literature, attracting authors and the media as well as the trade. Last year's focus on British literature and authors was a great success, in 2005 the focus will be on Lithuania.

Frankfurt Book Fair

19 - 23 October
This is still the big one, the premier international book fair which is attended by publishers from all over the world and is also open to the German public for some of the time. This huge fair is a meeting-place and rights marketplace for the global publishing industry, but it is a trade fair and there's not much for authors except in the German halls.

This year the Fair will be held unusually late in October. Korea will be the Guest of Honour.

(See our Inside Publishing article on the Frankfurt Book Fair.)

Salon du Livre, Montreal

17 - 21 November

Feria International del Libro de Guadalajar Mexico

26 November - 4 December.
This is supposed to be the largest Spanish book event in the world.


Moscow International Book Fair

30 November - 5 December


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