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London Book Fair – a total immersion in the book industry

Posted by admin | Posted in Best Sellings, Books Industry, New Releases | Posted on 19-02-2010

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The London Book Fair is a three day event from April 19-21 next and it will be thronged with over 23,000 industry professionals from all areas of the book trade, but mainly publishers wanting to sell new titles and international rights, and store buyers lining up future stock purchases.

In a conversation with LBF Conference Director Orna O’Brien,The Read discovered a key event will be the annual digital conference held on Sunday 18 April. This will focus on three areas: Readers of Today and Tomorrow; Bringing the Book to Life and Transforming the Core of your Businesses.

As part of the LBF program there will be over 150 other seminars, workshops and panels. O’Brien regrets these will not run live online on the website.

“There are so many we will only be recording the major ones and putting them on the site as podcasts,” she explained. “That may change in the future.”

As a 20-time veteran of attending LBF, Doris Mousdale has plenty of tips for newbies. “The seminar sessions are good – and sometimes you get so hooked in when you go to one that you then stay for the next session. You often feel better just for having been to them!” But leave plenty of time to get to seminars and workshops, just getting across the fair can take 10 or more minutes she warns.

Why does she go? “It fixes you up for the year with all the information you need to plan right through.”

The days of needing to bring back heavy catalogues as excess baggage are gone, she notes with relief. “Now you just get the business cards and look at things online and make contacts by email.”

Mousdale goes to LBF with the intention of seeking out small boutique publishers she would not otherwise discover, and to “catch up with friends.”
She has also supported friend and independent publisher Annabel Langbein in the past at the book fair.

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Courtsey: BookSellers.Co.Nz

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