Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 – A Massive International Success


Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 concluded on 14th October 2018, the greatest show on Earth for the content industry, the coming together of global communities representing publishers, authors, literary agents, editors, retailers, service providers and all the stakeholders, Frankfurt Book Fair this year celebrated its 70th anniversary and it was a massive international success.

A total of 285,024 visitors attended the fair, 0.5 percent less than in 2017. However, overall international attendance increased at the fair this year, both in terms of exhibitors and trade visitors. With 7,503 exhibitors from 109 countries taking part at this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse.

World-class authors turned Frankfurter Buchmesse into a literary festival. Authors, journalists, stars and VIPs gave engaging talks and entertaining performances at readings, discussions and other events. On the highlight was the new Frankfurt Pavilion, which was opened by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian novelist of the  Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah fame set the tone with her impressive speech on highly current topics such as migration, racism and women’s rights. During the five days of the fair, authors such as Paul Beatty, Dmitry Glukhovsky, Maja Lunde, Laksmi Pamuntiak, David Sedaris, Nguyen Ngoc Tu, Meg Wolitzer and many others thrilled their audiences.

Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the prime forums for global social and political discussions and according to the Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse, Juergen Boos, “there was a noticeable increase in the need for political participation; the desire is increasing to represent one’s own position and participate in the public discourse. A number of topics predominated during this year’s activities, including the importance of human rights, along with displacement and migration, populism and civic engagement.”

Guest of Honour Georgia’s presentation touched the hearts of the fair’s visitors – a presentation that expansively showcased the Georgian alphabet with elegance and ease, one that included performances, music, culinary discoveries, readings and, above all, an impressive range of literary voices

Frankfurt Book Fair is also the most significant gathering for the global scientific publishing industry and various technological innovations in the field of knowledge sharing and managing business information. And Hall 4.2 in FBF 2018 was where the future of scientific publishing could be gauged. No other place offers visitors a more comprehensive overview of the various publishing possibilities in the scientific sector.

Impelsys was camped in Hall 4.2 at Booth J55, being a prime supplier of vanguard platforms and technology services to the publishers and education providers worldwide, Impelsys is a consistent exhibitor at Frankfurt Book Fair. iPC Scholar – Impelsys’ flagship delivery platform for ebooks, journals, videos, courses and other content formats – launched in FBF 2017 was at showcase this year along with iPC Health, a newly launched digital content and learning delivery solution specifically designed for hospitals in Asia, to improve healthcare outcomes by fulfilling the training, development and compliance needs of healthcare professionals.

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most significant event in the world of books and publishing, this event brings ample opportunities for everyone involved with books, publishing and digital technology to exchange experiences, find business opportunities and create connections.  For Impelsys the event is of greatest importance as it has provided us with immense opportunities to connect to the world. We thank the organizers and everyone involved with the Bushmesse 2018. We thank our partners and those who visited our booth and those we met and talked at the event, we will continue with the talks and come to a worthwhile conclusion starting great new relationships. The show will go on, next year we will again meet at the same grounds with even more exciting news and things to showcase. We will continue to innovate and serve the industry. The next big stop is London Book Fair, 12-14 March 2019.