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