“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.
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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