Attendance drops at revamped Livre Paris

Attendance drops at revamped Livre Paris

The revamped four-day Paris Book Fair, now called Livre Paris, closed last night (Sunday 20th March) with a drop in visitor numbers of about 15% from last year’s 180,000, which in turn were 10% fewer than the year before.

The decline reflects the fate of other fairs following last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris, and contrasts with a 30% increase in book fair media coverage, the organisers said.

Reactions to the transformed fair have been mixed. “It was neither a resounding success, nor a disaster,” commented Olivier Bétourné, c.e.o. of Editions du Seuil. Even though a number of publish...

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