October 27, 2021

Report: “Frankfurt Book Fair Gets Political in ‘Stormy’ Times”

From Agence France-Presse:

“We need to talk.” With these words, the Frankfurt book fair is this week kicking off its most politically charged edition in years, shining a spotlight on everything from #MeToo and free speech to life in Trump’s America.

The outspoken stance comes a year after the last edition of the world’s largest publishing event ended in scuffles and chants of “Nazis Out”, triggered by the presence of a far-right German publisher and its controversial speakers.

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This year’s event will once again showcase hi-tech novelties in a bid to encourage the book publishing industry to think creatively about how to plug into new technologies, including through augmented reality.

Several lawmakers from Germany’s anti-Islam, anti-immigration AfD party are also expected to show up
Valued at around $120 billion annually, the global book publishing industry has seen steady but slow growth in recent years, and sales of e-books have stagnated.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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