Invitation programme of the Frankfurt Book Fair

Where
Germany
When
2016
Who
Litprom – the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature
Key objectives of the measure:

Enabling publishers from developing countries to have access to the Frankfurt Book Fair, promoting diversity in the international publishing industry, stimulating South-South-East networking and collegial consulting; strengthening professional work, including work that is done under difficult political circumstances

Scope of the measure:
International
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

Invitation programme of the Frankfurt Book Fair for publishers

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

- Promoting cultural diversity in the international publishing industry - Enabling publishers from developing countries to have access to the Frankfurt Book Fair through, inter alia, support for travel, accommodation, and a fully equipped 4m² exhibition booth placed prominently in Hall 5.1 (for exhibitors from Latin America and Southern Europe) for the first time in 2014 - Strengthening collegial consulting and professionalisation through rights and licensing, contracts, and book design for small presses (including, for example, a special award for best book production in 2016, 2014, 2012) - Enabling South-South and South-East networking and dialogue; promoting access to the German, European and global markets; promoting opportunities for cooperation (through 2.5-day seminars, invitations to the Frankfurt Book Fair “business club” since 2014, Facebook group, blogs, online global networking campaign “We are here” since 2013/2014, web presentation “Invitation Programme for International Exhibitors”) - (2014) Thematic focus: “Publishing in crisis situations”, strengthening professional work under difficult political circumstances; focus on Nigeria, Syria, Ukraine

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

The Federal Foreign Office and the Frankfurt Book Fair Ausstellungs- und Messe GmBH each contribute 50 per cent of funding

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

- 2012 to 2015: 88 guests total from an average of 20 different countries per year, proportionally representing all the target regions - Licensing business is one of the participants’ most important goals. Overall, the invited publishers buy significantly more licenses from all regions than they sell. - From 2012 to 2015, South-South and South-East cooperations among the guests were significantly strengthened, for example, in the areas of cross-licensing, distribution, printing and e-books, and promoted in part through the many opportunities for formal and informal exchange, http://www.buchmesse.de/images/fbm/dokumente-ua-pdfs/2015/teilnehmer des einladungsprogramms_2015.pdf_52760.pdf