Publishers take stock following the cancellation of the London Book Fair

Publishers take stock following the cancellation of the London Book Fair

The trade has been scrambling to rearrange meetings and find new ways of doing business following the cancellation of the London Book Fair, with fears some publishers could suffer a big financial hit.

Organiser Reed Exhibitions finally axed the event on 4th March with “reluctance” after a rising tide of anger and concern over the coronavirus led to publishers pulling out en masse. Hachette Livre was the first big domino to fall, followed by the rest of the Big Five, a string of indies and agencies such as Curtis Brown.

Amid cancelling orders, parties and travel arrangements this week, age...

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