Frankfurt Buchmesse 2017 CEO Talk

Frankfurt Buchmesse 2017 CEO Talk
Carolyn Reidy

The CEO Talk is part of Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Business Club program and will take place on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Hall 4.2, Room Dimension. Carolyn Reidy of Simon & Schuster and Guillaume Dervieux of Albin Michel will be the speakers at the Frankfurt CEO Talk 2017. Carolyn Reidy has been in charge of Simon & Schuster’s activities worldwide, with branches in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and Australia, since 2008. Guillaume Dervieux was appointed to lead Albin Michel in 2012, a publishing house with over 100 years of history.

Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, will open the discussion, which will highlight strategic developments in international publishing, in particular the intrinsic relevance of books and publishers in today’s global context of media competition, as well as the transformation of audiences and their cultural practices. This year’s high-level speakers at the Frankfurt CEO Talk will discuss these inspiring questions as well as a wide range of key topics facing the industry right now. Aside from their personal accomplishments, the speakers will also represent France as this year’s Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the US as the world’s largest publishing market respectively.

Albin Michel in France and Simon & Schuster in the USA represent vibrant traditions and accomplishments in consumer publishing. Their respective domestic markets stand out not only for their relevance and market size in the global books business, but also for retaining significant cultural positions in the public eye. The Frankfurt CEO Talk is presented by Livres Hebdo (France), with Bookdao (China), The Bookseller (United Kingdom), buchreport (Germany), PublishNews (Brazil) and Publishers Weekly (USA). The CEO Talk will be chaired by Rüdiger Wischenbart featuring the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2017.

As we witness fundamental change, not only of the publishing industry but of all content generators and media organizations, books, reading and even more broadly storytelling, are subject to fundamental transformation. Driven by globalization, digitization, and by different developments and political contexts around the world, debating what’s happening in the book industry makes a valuable contribution to shaping today’s cultural agenda.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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