General information on the Frankfurt Book Fair

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The Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 will take place from 14 to 18 October. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts and the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences worldwide. Be they publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers or authors - each year in October, they all come together and create something new.

Grow your business, expand your network, build bridges into the future, grow your professional skills, and make new discoveries: digital content, the vibrant publishing landscape of the Guest of Honour and interesting information about the most important markets worldwide. Either if you come to the fair as exhibitor of professional visitor - one thing is certain: at the Frankfurt Book Fair you will have more access to current trends than anywhere else.

Tradition and future: the history of the Frankfurt Book Fair


The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century, when Johannes Gutenberg first invented movable type - only a few kilometers down the road from Frankfurt. Frankfurt remained the central and undisputed European book fair city through to the 17th century. In the course of political and cultural upheaval, in the 18th century Leipzig then came to play the part. In 1949, that early Frankfurt book fair tradition was given a new lease of life: 205 German exhibitors assembled on Sept. 18-23 in Frankfurt's Paulskirche for the first post-War book fair. More than 60 trade-fair years later, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest of its kind in the world - and the hallmark for global activities in the field of culture.

Get your Trade Visitor Ticket 2015!

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To secure your Trade Visitor Ticket or your Trade Visitor Ticket BUSINESS for this year's Book Fair, select the link below to get to the trade ticket overview and ticket shop.

To the ticket overview and shop

Facts & Figures of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

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How many exhibitors came to Frankfurt in 2014? Which countries were present? How many events took place and how were they evaluated? Learn this and more in our ...
Facts & Figures 2014

Book sale at the Fair

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On the last day of the fair (Sunday, 18 October 2015) exhibiting publishers are allowed to sell their books at retail price. At the fair you will see many books you would like to buy right away. Whether you're excited about the newest manga or the first edition of an underground poet, on Sunday you can buy them all.