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2004 International Book Fairs


International Book Fairs 2004

We have updated our list of book fairs for the New Year, including a few more which seemed worth adding to the list. Some annual fairs seem to have been cancelled for this year, but we will revise this list as more information becomes available.

A large number of international book fairs are held throughout the year. Most of these are primarily intended as trade fairs for the book trade, but many of them have extensive programmes of cultural events and opportunities to meet authors. Some set out to attract the general public, others have particular days when the public can get in.

The book fairs are worth researching, as you may find that there is one you can get to. The benefits are the vast array of new and forthcoming books on display, the seminars, conferences and author events which may be planned, and the chance to see the publishing world in action.

2004 Book Fairs

Taipei International Book Exhibition

28 January - 3 February

Described as the gateway to Asia, the 2002 event had 300,000 visitors and 47 nations were represented.

Havana International Book Fair

5-15 February


11-12 March

London Book Fair

14-16 March

Europe’s premier international spring book fair, increasingly seen as the prime book fair for the first half of the year, balancing the Frankfurt Book FairWorld's largest trade fair for books; held annually mid-October at Frankfurt Trade Fair, Germany; First three days exclusively for trade visitors; general public can attend last two. in the second half. British publishers are out in force, but this fair now attracts visitors from all over the world. 22,000 visitors in 2002, one-third from overseas. Accompanied by programme of workshops and seminars, including open access publishing, Africa's publishing in the global economy, and copyright.

Salon du Livre

19-24 March

The French book fair, an elegant meeting-point for the book trade with a large number of meetings and many events organised for the public. In 2004 1800 authors and 1200 publishers are expected to attend and it will be the 'year of China'.

Leipzig Book Fair

25-28 March


31 March-2 April Moved to the spring. Bringing together content decision-makers from the worlds of digital entertainment, Internet, mobile and Interactive.

Bangkok International Book Fair

26 March- 6 April

A fairly new international book fair organised by the Thai Publishers and Booksellers Association.  Free admission to the public.

Asia International Book Fair

April - dates to be confirmed

The only trade event that serves Asia's book and library trade, enabling booksellers and library professionals to source all their needs under one roof.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

14-17 April http://www.bookfair.bolognafiere.

The top international children’s book fair, attended by children’s publishers from all over the world. Many feel that this is the best book fair of them all, graced by a relaxed atmosphere and a great location in the lovely Italian city of Bologna.This year there's a global learning initiative and illustrators' exhibition.

Tokyo International Book Fair

22-25 April

Big event for Asian book trade.

Bookworld Prague

6-9 May

Cultural and business event organised by the Czech Booksellers and Publishers.

International Book Festival, Budapest

22-25 April

Cultural events and conferences on issues affecting the book trade. 60,000 visitors in 2002, with 500 exhibitors from 30 countries.

Baltic Book Fair

13-15 May

Many cultural events.  

Tehran International Book Fair

4-14 May

General public’s festival of books, attended in 2002 by 2 million people.  The dates are set, but it is not clear what will be happening this year.

Nigeria International Book Fair

8-12 May

Designed to give existing and prospective publishers and booksellers the opportunity of exploring and exploiting the country's book market.

Warsaw International Book Fair

20-23 May

Australian Book Fair Sydney

Australia’s national book fair, large public attendance.

BookExpo America

Chicago 4-6 June

Primarily a trade fair which enables American publishers to show booksellers their fall lists, this big fair has been through many vicissitudes, but is currently seen as rather less of an international fair, although the fair authorities are trying to reverse this trend. The 2003 event had 31,726 professionals attending and 6,684 booksellers. 

There will be additional programmes this year, including an educational programme, but it is not yet clear whether the author event will be repeated.

Seoul International Book Fair

4-9 June

Increasingly important internationally.

BookExpo Canada

13-14 June

Canada’s leading event for the book publishing industry

American Library Association Conference

24-30 June

London Remainder and Promotional Book Fair

Bristol 27-28 June

Thousands of remainder and bargain books – not for the faint-hearted author!

Moscow International Book Fair

1-6 September

Beijing International Book Fair

2-6 September

Important fair for publishers from all over the world who are interested in getting into the booming Chinese market.  Now moved back to the autumn.

London Remainder and Promotional Book Fair

London 12-13 September

Goteborg International Book Fair

23-26 September

Biggest meeting-point for Scandinavian literature, attracting authors and the media as well as the trade.  108,000 visitors last year

Frankfurt Book Fair

5-8 October

This is the big one, the premier international book fair which is attended by publishers from all over the world and is also open to the German public for some of the time.  This huge fair is a meeting-place and rights marketplace for the global publishing industry, but it is a trade fair and there's not much for authors except in the German halls.

This year the Fair will close on the Sunday evening and the experiment of staying open late on the Friday evening will not be repeated.

Salon du Livre, Montreal

18-22 November

Feria International del Libro de Guadalajar

Mexico 27 November-5 December

Latin American book fair.