Leipzig Book Fair and Leipzig liest (Leipzig reads) herald the book year 2013
After four exhibition days and 2,800 events at the Leipzig book fair and in the city centre of Leipzig it has been confirmed: The book in its diversity is still unbrokenly in high esteem amongst the readers. The Leipzig fair closes today with a pleasing balance sheet. For the beginning of the year of the book sector roughly 168,000 visitors streamed to the exhibition facilities, amongst them approximately 50,000 professional visitors. 2,069 publishing companies from 43 countries presented themselves to the inspired public on 69,000 square metres exhibition area. The exhibitor survey carried out on behalf of the Leipziger Messe by the Institute for market research resulted in a very high level of satisfaction of the exhibitors. The publishing companies emphasised that they met with a very inquisitive audience in Leipzig, and that they received direct feedback at the same time. The small publishing companies were pleased about the large interest that was shown for the still unknown authors.
Martin Buhl-Wagner, spokesman of the management board of the Leipziger Messe sums up the successful event: "We are all highly satisfied with the progression of the fair. The consistently positive feedback from the exhibitors underlines the importance of the Leipzig book fair as a marketing platform of the sector. The visitor frequency shows that the book in all its facets is still equally held in high esteem with young and older fans of literature."
"A spirited start into the book year – not only on the book market but also at the Leipzig book fair", said Alexander Skipis, chief executive officer of the Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels (German book trade association). "The campaign of the book sector ‚Vorsicht Buch! (Caution, book!)‘ generated a lot of enthusiasm. From Leipzig we thereby want to initiate a movement for the book and the local book trade throughout Germany. I am extremely pleased that around the Leipzig book fair also the stationary book trade has thereby received a lot of attention as backbone of the book culture."
Education exhibition and promotion of reading: Inspiration for reading
The topic of education was also of central importance this year. In Leipzig the providers of classic educational media presented themselves, but also publishing companies with children's and youth literature, specialist and non-fiction books, as well as audio books, digital media and music. Educators and teachers gained further understanding in practice oriented specialist events, congresses and symposia. With its main focus children's and youth book literature the Leipzig book fair created enthusiasm amongst younger people with exciting readings and playful offers. More than 250 authors and participants in roughly 500 events at 120 reading locations presented their works for girls and boys of various ages.
For Oliver Zille, director of the Leipzig book fair, it is again confirmed: "That the Leipzig book fair is also an educational fair for teachers, educators and pedagogues is shown by the lively interest in the specialist events and workshops. The topic of reading promotion is for us an important social issue. Roughly one third of the total exhibition area was also this year dedicated to children's and youth literature. Through this the fair makes an important contribution towards the public debate about the future of our children."
"tranzyt. kilometer 2013. Literature from Poland, the Ukraine and Belarus" of great interest
A lot of innovation from the east – this is what the Leipzig book fair has represented for decades. For the second time exciting literature from Poland, the Ukraine and Belarus was presented to a wide audience.
"The response towards our main focus program point exceeded all expectations. I am positively surprised about the great amount of attention that we were able to achieve in Leipzig", says Martin Pollack, curator of the main focus program point. "This year substantially more readers came to our events than to the premier last year. It is also pleasing that we were already able to hold the first books in German language in our hands, which resulted from the author presentations in Leipzig. Our plant is growing and flourishing and I look forward to continue watering it together with the partners."
tranzyt" is a project of the Leipzig book fair, the Robert Bosch foundation and the foundation for German-Polish co-operation in cooperation with the Rinat Ahmetov foundation "Rozvytok Ukrajiny", the Allianz culture foundation, the Lemberg publishing company forum and the Polish Book Institute Krakau and the Goethe-Institute Minsk.
Happy winners of the first autoren@leipzig Awards
On the Friday after the exhibition six winners were happy about the new prize for self publishers. The jury of the first autoren@leipzig Award honoured Marah Woolf, Carola Wolff, Nikola Hotel in the category fiction and Heidi Schmitt, Stephan Waldscheidt and Birte Vogel in the category non-fiction for their excellent performances.
The two authors in first place received a monetary prize of 3.000 Euro, as well as a sponsorship from the Droemer Knaur Lectorate for the next work. Those in second place were happy about a PR consultation with creative session, as well as a professional photo shooting from and with the Berlin agency Literaturtest with a total value of 2.000 Euro. Monetary prizes and e-book readers were given to the further winners. The autoren@leipzig Award was awarded within the scope of the specialist program autoren@leipzig together with neobooks.
5. Congress Library & Information Germany
With a record of 3,500 participants the 5. Congress Library & Information Germany already came to an end on March 14. At the European-wide largest congress of its kind, librarians from 25 countries amongst others discussed about current topics such as e-book lending and a reform of the copyright laws. Guest country this year was Turkey. The congress was organised by Bibliothek und Information Deutschland (BID, library and information Germany) (Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Bibliotheks- und Informationsverbände e.V., Federal association of German library and information associations). The congress stood under the patronage of the Federal President.
The next Leipzig book fair will take place from March 13 to 16, 2014.
Ms Sabine Drotbohm