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24 October 2021

Book Fairs


What are book fairs?

Book fairs are trade fairs where publishers and agents gather to sell and buy rights. As well as the advantages of meeting and negotiating face-to-face, book fairs offer opportunities to meet other industry professionals and find out the latest publishing developments at talks and seminars. The time and costs preparing for and attending a book fair require a considerable investment for any publisher but particularly for smaller publishers.


Where are the main book fairs?

Frankfurt, London and Bologna (children's) are the most popular with our members but there are book fairs all over the world.


Scotland stand

By hosting a Scotland collective stand, Publishing Scotland provides the most efficient and cost-effective way for its publisher members to have a space at the main book fairs: London, Frankfurt and Bologna.

We offer space at a subsidised rate so publisher members and agents can hold meetings in a professional setting, exhibit their titles, distribute their catalogues and display new covers on the stand at a less expensive rate than if they went individually.

It also presents a flavour of the industry to the world by showcasing new titles and authors with our stand visuals and fair catalogues.

We also host a drinks reception for the trade to further enhance our presence and generate a more relaxed networking opportunity.


Preparation and planning

For members exhibiting on the Scotland stand, our role in the run up to the fair is to assist with all the administration and preparation. For example, we deal with booking and stand set up, we register our publishers as exhibitors, organise their freight, and manage their passes.

We also put together rights catalogues for our publishers, to support with sales and marketing of their books.

We offer advice on travel and accommodation.

During the fair itself we are on hand to take messages, field enquiries and generally be as supportive as we can to ensure our members have a successful fair.