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2006 International Book Fairs


International Book Fairs 2006

Our list of book fairs has been updated for the New Year, including a few more new ones. The information becomes sketchier towards the end of the year.  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.

2006 Book Fairs

Cairo International Book Fair

17 - 29 January

New Delhi World Book Fair

27 January - 4 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.

Havana International Book Fair

2 - 15 February

Taipei International Book Exhibition

7 - 12 February

Baltic Book Fair

23 - 26 February To be held in Vilnius, in Lithuania.

London Book Fair

5 - 7 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. This will be its first year at a new site in London's Docklands.  there will be more space and better facilities, but the jury is out on how well the new location will work.

Leipzig Book Fair

16 - 19 March

26th Salon du Livre

17 - 22 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.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

27 - 30 March http://www.bookfair.bolognafiere.

Very well 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.

Bangkok International Book Fair

29 March - 9

Surely one of the longest international book fairs, this is organised by the Thai Publishers and Booksellers Association.  Free admission to the public.


3 - 7 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.


International Book Festival 20 - 23 April

Cultural events and conferences on issues affecting the book trade. 

Warsaw International Book Fair

18 - 21 May

Nigeria International Book Fair

8 - 13 May

Designed to give existing and prospective publishers and booksellers the opportunity of exploring and exploiting the country's book market. 

BookExpo America

Washington DC 18 - 21 May

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

2 - 7 June

Increasingly important internationally.

BookExpo Canada in Toronto

9 - 12 June

Canada’s leading event for the book publishing industry

Cape Town Book Fair  17 - 20 June

American Library Association Conference

in New Orleans 22 - 28 June

Tokyo International Book Fair

6 - 9 July

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

Beijing International Book Fair

30 August - 2 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.

Moscow International Book Fair

1- 6 September

London Remainder and Promotional Book Fair

17 - 18 September

Thousands of remainder and bargain books – not for the faint-hearted author!

Goteborg International Book Fair 

21- 24 September

Biggest meeting-point for Scandinavian literature, attracting authors and the media as well as the trade.

Frankfurt Book Fair

4 - 8 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 has gone back to its usual date in early 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 25 November - 3 December. This is supposed to be the largest Spanish book event in the world.

Moscow International Book Fair

29 November - 3 December