Paris Book Fair cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

Major publishers decide not to attend London Book Fair

Paris Book Fair canceled due to Coronavirus outbreak
Paris Book Fair canceled due to Coronavirus outbreak

Paris’ annual book fair, also known as Livre Salon de Paris supposed to take place later this month from 20 to 23 March, has been canceled due to measures taken by the French government to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the French publishers’ union said in a statement.

Following the government’s decision to forbid any gathering of more than 5,000 people in a closed space, it is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the Paris’ book fair,” the union said.

There will be no attempt to shift the event back, as happened with Bologna Children’s’ Book Fair. The next edition of the Paris Book Fair will now take place in 2021. To date, the coronavirus has killed two people in France and infected some 130.

London Book Fair 10 to 12 March is the next question mark

Apart from this, over a dozen book fairs across the globe on the danger mark over the next six weeks. Amazon too recently pulled out of the London Book Fair along with US businesses of HarperCollins and Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillian and Penguin Random House who withdrew a number of rights staff from the fair amid coronavirus outbreak. Hachette Book Group has also confirmed that none of its staff will attend LBF.

In fact, both HarperCollins and Hachette Group in the UK are also reviewing the attendance of their teams ahead of the trade fair scheduled to begin on 10 March 2020.

The UK government is expected to announce its action plan later today (3 March 2020) that will likely have to be taken cognizance of by the organizers of the LBF.
Among the Indians planning to attend, we spoke to one of the printers who made travel plans to attend and was planning to leave by 8 March 2020.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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