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Boos: Now is the time for start-ups

The director of the Frankfurt Book Fair has said start-ups will capitalise on the trade, as the organisers revealed exhibitor numbers were down 2.1% on 2010.

In total, 7,384 exhibitors from 106 countries attended last week's fair, with more than 3,200 events attracting 280,194 visitors, which was marginally up on last year (279,325).

Juergen Boos, director of Frankfurt Book Fair, said the fair was host to the "experimentation of new ideas", across e-reading devices, new forms of storytelling and multimedia formats. Boos said: "This is now the time for start-ups, and the book industry is in a positive mood for renewal. An enormous diversity of ideas arises from the combination of enterprising spirit and technological opportunity.

"The international book and publishing industry has become a lot more multi-faceted."

Professor Gottfried Honnefelder, president of the Association of German Publishers and Booksellers, said: “Those involved in the market are optimistic. We're not only talking about the e-book business, we're already taking action. The face of the Frankfurt Book Fair is one of self-assurance.

"The framework exists; now each publisher and each bookseller needs to find the right path for itself."
 

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Hall 8 was very quiet this year, much more so than past years. Must have been 20-30 digital stands, most 1st time exhibitors.

To be honest Hall 4 was far better for business this year. Hall 8 felt like a place for publishers to hang out together whilst Hall 4 was the place to do business. Everywhere was depressingly quiet over the weekend and spoilt completely by some our kit being nicked off the stand as we prepare to strike down the stand. Polizei said it is common and difficult to control with all the public around.

Conference organisers just told us that this was the worst year for theft from stands for a long time. Only anecdotal information from 1 staffer. I would vote that the Fair be closed to the public and have it trade only.

There were public in the Fair right from the start. It felt like the Fair was trying to increase their visitor numbers by letting them in. Funny how the numbers always go up slightly every year. You can tell which people are general public and which are genuine trade visitors instantly. It's all in the way they go round the Halls. Hall 8 was very quiet and the stands had lots of empty chairs and tables. There were even some stands where the exhibitor had not appeared. Once you went over to Halls 3 and 4 it was heaving.

Hall 8 was very quiet this year, much more so than past years. Must have been 20-30 digital stands, most 1st time exhibitors.

To be honest Hall 4 was far better for business this year. Hall 8 felt like a place for publishers to hang out together whilst Hall 4 was the place to do business. Everywhere was depressingly quiet over the weekend and spoilt completely by some our kit being nicked off the stand as we prepare to strike down the stand. Polizei said it is common and difficult to control with all the public around.

Conference organisers just told us that this was the worst year for theft from stands for a long time. Only anecdotal information from 1 staffer. I would vote that the Fair be closed to the public and have it trade only.

There were public in the Fair right from the start. It felt like the Fair was trying to increase their visitor numbers by letting them in. Funny how the numbers always go up slightly every year. You can tell which people are general public and which are genuine trade visitors instantly. It's all in the way they go round the Halls. Hall 8 was very quiet and the stands had lots of empty chairs and tables. There were even some stands where the exhibitor had not appeared. Once you went over to Halls 3 and 4 it was heaving.