The most famous International Book Fairs around the world


1.Sharjah takes over from Athens as World Book Capital City
On 23 April, World Book and Copyright Day, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) took over from Athens (Greece) as UNESCO’s World Book Capital City for 2019. The handover was marked with an opening ceremony attended by IPA’s President, Vice President and Secretary General. The World Book Capital’s slogan “Open Books, Open Minds” as more relevant than ever given the many crises around the world today.
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1202 Geneva, Switzerland
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2.International Book Fair Cairo- Cairo International Book Fair moves to New Cairo for 2019 edition
Most used-book sellers are not participating, and instead will hold their own fair from 15 January to 15 February in Attaba
The fiftieth annual Cairo International Book Fair opens on Wednesday and will run until 5 February, featuring 1,273 publishers from 35 countries, and for the first time is taking place in the outer suburbs of the city.
The fair has moved from the fairground in Nasr City to the Egypt International Exhibition Center in the Tagamoa El-Khamis, in the suburb of New Cairo.
Ines Abdel-Dayem, Egypt’s culture minister, said that this golden jubilee edition will be an “exceptional” new shift for the fair.
The new venue covers 45,000 square metres, housing 748 publishers and 525 publishing agents, and will comprise of 723 sections.
There will be no Sour El-Azbakeya this year, the landmark second-hand books section.
Haitham El-Hajj Aly, head of the body that organises the fair, the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO), said that they had not banned used-book sellers from participating in the fair; rather the sellers themselves did not want to abide by the rules of the fair this year, thus they will not participate.
However, according to the GEBO’s press release, there will be six used-books sellers at the fair.
The 108 used-book sellers who are not participating have decided to hold their own fair in their usual place next to Attaba metro station from 15 January to 15 February.
This year’s guest of honour at the official book fair will be the Arab League, and the people honoured this year are Tharwat Okasha (1921-2012) and Suhair El-Kalamawy (1911- 1997).
The fair’s “Person of the Year” is Abdel-Rahman El-Charkawi (1921-1987).
As it is the case every year, the fair will have a very busy cultural agenda, with 419 cultural events, 144 artistic events, 8 writing and plastic arts workshops, and 600 book signings planned.
The new venue solves the problems with the previous location, the Nasr City fairground, where the fair was hosted in tents that were vulnerable to bad winter weather like rain and sand storms.
However, the new venue is far from the central parts of the city, and unlike the previous venue is not on the metro line.
To overcome this issue, the General Egyptian Book Organization is cooperating with the Cairo Transport Authority to provide bus lines and certain stations designated for fair visitors.
The stations will be located in Abdel-Moneim Riad Square, Abbasiya, Giza Square, Mazalat, Amiriya, Nozha El-Gedida, and Saqr Koraish.
There will also be a bus station at the fair from which buses will leave every 10 to 15 minutes, with a ticket price of EGP 5.
In addition, the GEBO has agreed with Mowasal Masr Bus Company to double its buses on its three lines passing by the fair. The lines are the Abdel-Moneim Riad Square line, the Ahmed Helmy Line, and the Saray El-Kobba line.

3.International Book Fair Frankfurt,
Frankfurt Book Fair 2019 will bring forward the novelties in publishing. It will cover everything from children’s books, educational materials, antiquarian bookselling, rights and licences, to design, digital services and audiobooks. The recent changes in the fair concept will promote innovative business models and will encourage more deals. The first three days of the trade show are closed to the general public, with clear focus on networking activities.
Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important marketplace worldwide for printed and digital content and a great social and cultural event. In October, publishing experts, writers, players from the creative industry and culture enthusiasts from across the world will meet here to network, discuss, negotiate, make decisions, to marvel and celebrate. Frankfurt becomes the worldwide hub of the media and publishing industry in October, with ground-breaking contracts, innovative technologies and world literature you can touch.
Secure your ticket for Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Private visitors can already use our ticket shop to buy their tickets. Advance sales of trade visitor tickets will begin in June. Private visitors, who’d like to attend the fair for three extra days this year, can take advantage of the Freundeskreis Ticket, which lets them enjoy the fair on the days traditionally reserved for trade visitors (Wednesday to Friday).

4.International Book Fair Leipzig (Leipziger Buchmesse, 12-15 March 2020)
March in Leipzig is characterised by reading. The Leipzig Book Fair and its reading festival “Leipzig liest” are the spring events of the book and media sector. Authors, readers and publishing companies meet to collect information, to engage in exchange and discover what is new. Look forward to diving deeply into the diverse theme areas and the extensive program.

5.International Press Fair Istanbul (Sirkeci station, may)

6. Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, IFLA’s 4th Arab Regional Conference and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair • 24 – 30 April, 2019 … to 10:00 pm – Friday 4:00 PM – to 10:00 pm; Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E..

7. London Book Fair 2020
The London Book Fair 2020
10 – 12 March 2020
The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.


• Location
• Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

8. International London rare Book Fare 2019(Antiquarian Book Fair)-7-9 Jun 2019.
Now celebrating its 61st year, and being held for the first time in central London’s Battersea Park, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world. Showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from more than 170 leading UK and international dealers, ABA Rare Book Fair London is the jewel in the crown of Rare Books London, which celebrates old and rare books, with special events and behind-the-scenes activities for bibliophiles during May and June.…/aba-london-international-antiqua…

9. Nigeria International Book Fair (6-11 th May 2019).
Venue: Victoria Island, Lagos
Jelili Adebisi Omotola Hall, Formaly Multi Purpose Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka
Entrance: Free
Contact Organizer
Name : Nigerian Book Fair Trust
Email :
Contact No. : 07084099363
The Nigerian Book Fair Trust take it upon herself to create a platform for all the stakeholders in the book and knowledge industry within and outside Nigeria where books and other learning and teaching materials will be displayed and sold at cheaper rates to book lovers and seekers of knowledge.
One of the platforms through which Nigerian Book Fair Trust encourages reading and promotes book trade is through the annual Nigeria International Book Fair.
For more information, visit:
10.Interliber 42nd Zagreb Book Fair 2019 (12-17.11.2019)
ZAGREB FAIR, Ltd.| Avenija Dubrovnik 15, 10020 Zagreb, Croatia | OIB: 95660678441|IBAN: HR2423600001102657817
Tel: +385 1 6503 111 e-mail: | Management working hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

11.International Arsenal Book Festival, Kiev, Ukraine
International Excellence Awards
From May 22, 2019 10:00 until May 26, 2019 18:00. At Lavrska St, 10-12, Kyiv, Ukraine.
From May 22, 2019 10:00 until May 26, 2019 18:00
At Lavrska St, 10-12, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01010
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12. New York Rights Fair, New York, USA
The international adult and children content and licensing marketplace offering:
• Dedicated kiosks which showcase content and titles
• Agent tables in the Rights Center,
• Rights-focused educational programming
• Global Rights Showcase
• TALKING PICTURES awards program
10,000 professionals from more than 85 countries
organized by four partners:
BookExpo, Bologna Fiere, Publishers Weekly and Combined Book Exhibit

From May 29, 2019 09:00 until May 31, 2019 15:00
At Jakob Javits Center, 655 W 34th St, New York City, USA
Posted by IPA (Krista Rafanello, Show Manager); (Lisa Montanaro), North America & Canada;, International
+1 203 840 59 02 (North America), +39 05 128 22 98, +39 05 128 28 33 (International), +86 21 609 50 512 (Greater China)
13. Beijing International Book Fair, Beijing, China
From August 21, 2019 09:00 until August 25, 2019 15:00
At China International Exhibition Center Shunyi, République populaire de Chine, 101318
Posted by Jim Chee
Mr Jason Yuan, Director of Sales and marketing Depratment
+86 10 65 86 69 95
14. Gothenburg Book Fair, Gothenburg, Sweden
From September 26, 2019 09:00 until September 29, 2019 17:00
Scandinavia’s largest cultural event, the market place for Nordic literature
2019 event will be articulated around three themes: South Korea, gender equality and media and information literacy
836 exhibitors
96’293 visitors
11’863 sqm of exhibition area
28 countries represented
1’176 journalists and photographers

At The Swedish Exhibition Centre, Mässans Gata 20, Göteborg, Sweden
Posted by IPA
+46 31-708 84 00
Categories: Book Fairs, International Book Fairs
15. Krakow International Book Fair, Krakow, Poland
From October 24, 2019 10:00 until October 27, 2019 18:00
At EXPO Krakow, ul. Galicyjska 9, krakow, Poland
Posted by IPA /
+48 12 644 59 32
Watch the promotional video

16.China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair, Shanghai, China
From November 08, 2019 09:00 until November 10, 2019 16:00
At Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, 1099 Guo Zhan Road,Pudong, Shanghai,China
Posted by IPA
Ms. Juju Zhu, Senior Project Manager
+86 21 60 95 05 12

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