Frankfurt Book Fair – 16-20 October 2019

Negotiating international publishing rights and license fees

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The Frankfurter Buchmesse (FBM), one of the largest trade fair for books, will take place from 16 to 20 October 2019. Founded in 1949, the annual fair is restricted for trade visitors and is open to the general public on the last two days of the fair. The five-day annual event will be held at the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Exhibitors will include professionals representing book publishing, multimedia and technology companies, as well as content providers from all over the world gather in order to negotiate international publishing rights and license fees. More than 3000 exhibitors across the world and around 40 exhibitors from India will be present at this year’s trade fair. Organized by Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH (a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association), the fair offers a wide range of books divided in subject groups such as fiction and non-fiction, religion, youth and children’s books, science and technology, art books, tourism, visual art and international publishers.

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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