Upbeat mood as FBF swings into gear

Upbeat mood as FBF swings into gear

<p>The Frankfurt Book Fair has got off to an upbeat and optimistic start with publishers reporting &quot;bursting&quot;meeting schedules and more than 100 additional exhibitors compared with last year.</p><p>Clare Harington, head of group communications at Hachette, said appointment schedules were &quot;absolutely chock-a-block&quot;. She added: &quot;It&rsquo;s got off to an amazing start. The stand has been bursting with activity and it&rsquo;s nice to see everyone we didn&rsquo;t get to see in London.&quot;</p><p>Donald Greig, managing director of Bradt, said the fair&rsquo;s atmosphere was different to last year&rsquo;s. &quot;It seems much more upbeat and generally optimistic,&quot; he said. </p><p>FBF director Juergen Boos has said that the number of exhibitors was up more than 100 on 2009, from 7,416 to 7,533.</p><p>David Lester, chairman of Crimson Publishing, said: &quot;We have been having serious meetings and people are looking to buy. They&rsquo;re not buying lots, they know what they want and they&rsquo;ve got money to spend.&quot;</p><p>Ian Chapman, managing director at Simon &amp; Schuster, said: &quot;There&rsquo;s a pretty good feeling to it. It&rsquo;s busy and there&rsquo;s quite a lot going on.&quot; <br /></p>