The 2006 London International Book Fair
The London Fair celebrated its 35th anniversary this year by moving from its previous home, the Olympia in Kensington, built in 1886, to ExCel, the largest single-roofed exhibit hall in the European Union, built on an 100-acre site by Royal Victoria Dock in the heart of London's Docklands
We returned from London with contract offers for books in the areas of business, self-help, health, history, cooking, children's titles, gay and lesbian studies, and English language studies/reference. Fiction, especially historical fiction, also enjoyed substantial interest.
Now, we'll turn our attention to marketing our London titles to those buyers we usually see who were not, for whatever reason, at this year's fair.
The fair drew 1,996 exhibitors from 59 countries and a 3.2% increase in visitors over the 22,000 attending last year's fair.
Not a bad showing at all considering, as terry Jackson of Time Warner said, 2006 was a fair at which "everyone is finding their feet" because of the new facility.
With a year's experience in hand, the 2007 London Fair (March 4-6) should be even larger and more successful.
We are also beginning to plan and market for the 2006 Frankfurt Fair (October 4-8). You may register your titles by clicking the link to the left and downloading our current Frankfurt information.
Also at LIBF 2006 Volvox Globator (Prague) publisher Vit Hruska and Volvox rights manager Ladislav Senkyrik presented us with the first copy of their Czech language edition of The Real Winnie the Pooh that we sold to them on behalf of our client Natural Heritage Books (Toronto, Canada).
You may see the book in both its Czech and English editions by clicking on the updated link to the left.
And Rohit Gupta, publisher of Pustak Mahal (Delhi, Mumbai, etc.) brought us Indian editions of three books by Dr. Roger Fritz (Inside Advantage Publications): Sharpen Your Competitive Edge, 100 Ways to Bring Out Your Best, and Rate Yourself As a Manager.
We licensed these books to Pustak Mahal at the 2005 Frankfurt Book Fair.
Use the link to the story about these sales to the left and find out what can happen once an initial rights sale is made.
The individual reading in George Sharp's novel Harriet (Pretty Penny Press) in the stand photo is German book buyer Peter Sondheim from Stuttgart.
The photograph of a horse from the Elgin Marbles (British Museum) is courtesy of Sophia Utpadel.