Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

At last it is book-fair time now. The Frankfurt Book Fair will open its doors at the Messe Frankfurt tomorrow on Wednesday 11 October. With over 7,150 exhibitors from 106 countries, roughly 278,000 visitors, more than 4,000 events and around 10,000 accredited journalists in attendance, 2,400 of which are bloggers, it is the largest trade fair for the international publishing industry.


The big literary get together in Frankfurt

From fiction to specialist literature, from prose to drama, here is where the who’s who of the literary world come together. The book fair in Frankfurt is considered to be the most important trading forum for books and the centre of the international media universe. Publishers, agents, authors, booksellers, librarians, translators, scientists and many other service providers are all equally impatient to know what this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair will have to offer, just like the hundreds of thousands of private visitors who will browse their way through the exhibition stands. Aside from the thousands of books, visitors can expect to see the bustling publishing scene of this year’s guest of honour and find out many interesting facts about important markets all over the world.

The book fair has furthermore developed into a cross-industry meeting place for key players from the film and games industries who also showcase digital content. At the same time, the trade fair will more than ever be a mirror of and venue for political debates that reflect the current state of affairs.

As early as Tuesday, 10 October 2017, the book fair will be inaugurated with a press conference led by Jürgen Boos (Frankfurt Book Fair director) and Heinrich Riethmüller (president of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association) in the “Illusion 2+3” room of the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt.

France as the guest of honour at the 69th Book Fair

Since 1976, one of the major features of the book fair has been the annual guest of honour, a country which presents its book market, literature and culture to trade fair visitors in a variety of ways. After Flanders and the Netherlands, this year’s major cultural event takes place under the banner of Franco-German friendship, as France is the guest of honour at the 69th Frankfurt Book Fair which focuses on the French language. More than 500 new titles translated from the French and over 135 French authors, including Michel Houellebecq, Yasmina Reza, Marie NDiaye, Alain Mabanckou and many more are expected to attend.


Discover Red Dot’s world of books

Once again, Red Dot is represented at the fair with a stand (H 96) in Hall 4.1 (art books, art and design). Current publications from the Red Dot Edition and this year’s Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017/2018 will be on display together with a preview of this year’s International Yearbook Communication Design 2017/2018, which will be published on 14 November 2017.

Red Dot Edition is a specialist publishing house that stands for high quality books with outstanding design on the topics of design and lifestyle. The portfolio encompasses a who’s who compendium, monographs, as well as the annual design calendar and Design Diary.

Year for year, the design yearbooks of the renowned Red Dot Design Award document the current status of the fascinating world of design and provide a wealth of interesting background information accompanied by stunning images. The annual tomes on product design have been published for over 25 years while those on communication design and design concepts have appeared for 10 years. These image-packed coffee-table books offer a unique record of developments in design in recent decades. The contents not only appeal to professional designers, entrepreneurs, marketing experts and collectors, but also amateurs who appreciate truly good design, innovative products and projects.


What’s new on the 2017 Red Dot stand: the Red Dot 21 design portal

In addition to the range offered by the Red Dot Edition, this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair also sees the presentation of the Red Dot 21 design portal. On the trade visitor days, from 11 – 13 October, we will be presenting the newly created online portal as a novel sales forum for publishers in the fields of design, architecture, fashion, art or cookery. The Red Dot 21 offering ranges from classic online presentations of books together with their magazine-style descriptions and authors’ biographies to book reviews that form part of personal interviews with the authors and publishers. Pop in and get some advice from us in an informal chat on our stand over a cup of coffee.

Readers ahoy!

Red Dot also has lots to offer the general public which is admitted into the halls on the weekend of 14 and 15 October. There will be plenty of time for interesting conversations and a chance to browse through the yearbooks and other exhibits such as the commemorative publication on 60 years of design history published by Red Dot Edition,
Enduring, not ultimate form. 60 years of design history – from Industrieform to Red Dot”, available online in German.

If you do not have time to come to the Frankfurt Book Fair, it is very easy to order our publications online from the Red Dot Shop. You can also browse through our new Red Dot 21 online portal where selected publications from different publishers – regardless of whether they are new or have been on the market for some time – are presented every Wednesday. You can expect to find exciting book recommendations in the magazine area and can look forward to the many new books we shall be presenting on Red Dot 21 after the book fair.


We recommend our Frankfurt, Germany – Designers’ Hotspots article to all those coming to Frankfurt for the book fair. It offers unusual tips that will make your stay more interesting. While you are out and about, you can use the Red Dot Maps function to help you locate the tips. They are available in the Red Dot Design App. Why not download our app today to have all the best locations to hand at any time.

Posted on 01.09.2017

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