THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR NEW YORK INC. –
THAT'S US!

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The Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization and is one of four international Frankfurt Book Fair offices. The Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. (formerly German Book Office, GBO) is a liaison office for American editors, German rights directors, editors, and translators. With funding from the German Foreign Office, the New York office manages several projects such as the annual Editor’s trip, Festival Neue Literatur, translation workshops, Book of the Month Picks and promotes selected German titles from such lists as New Books in German , Children’s Books on Tour and Geisteswissenschaften International.

Selected cultural projects of the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. are funded by

U.S. and German Book Market

Trends in 2015/2016 included significant growth in downloaded audio sales and in adult books. The boom of eBooks, however, is declining. Adult non-fiction remains the largest print category. It is also the one with the largest gain over 2015 with a rise of 6.9%. Adult fiction declined slightly by 1.04%. The only category, which included books with more than one million sold copies, is juvenile fiction. Print sales in this category rose by 3.8%.
Looking at sales by format, trade paperbacks — the format that holds adult coloring books — had a 4.01% gain in unit sales over 2015, which is slightly less than 2015 (5%). The hardcover and board book formats also had sales gains in the year, but sales of mass market paperbacks and physical audiobooks both had declines in 2016. Total units sold topped 674 million in 2016 as reported by the Association of American Publishers.

U.S. Book market (updated March 2017)

Compared to the previous year, the German book trade in 2015 registered a 1.7 % decline in the popular market through various distribution channels, including stationary book trade, railway station book trade, e-commerce and warehouses. According to the Consumer Price Index Destatis, the average book price fell 0.9% in 2015. The percentage of eBook sales in the total market continues to rise at a moderate rate. In 2015, the share of sales in this section was by 4.5% (2014: 4.3 %). As the only organization in the world that unites all three trade sectors, publishing houses, bookstores and wholesale book trade under one roof, the Börsenverein currently has 5.200 members.

Some Impressions of the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc.

June 25

Editor's Trip


When: June 25 – July 1, 2017

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Riky  Stock
Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc.
Riky Stock
t: +1 212 794 2851
rikystock@book-fair.com
30 Irving Place
Frankfurt Book Fair Office Inc.
c/o Goethe-Institut
New York, NY 10003
USA

Our Activities:

Editors' Trip

Each year, the New York Office takes a group of North American editors to Germany for the annual Editors’ Trip. The week-long program is full of meetings and panels designed to offer participants the chance to explore the landscape of German publishing. The 2016 trip focused on the children's and YA publishing market in Germany, and took place from June 26th to July 1st, 2016.

The participating editors met with their German counterparts, including German editors, publishers, and rights directors. There also visited German book stores and the offices of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Next year’s trip will focus on children’s books again. Keep an eye out for more information on the 2017 Editors’ Trip!

Festival Neue Literatur

Festival Neue Literatur is the only U.S. festival to showcase fiction originally written in German. Each year the festival features eight authors, two each from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States. The 8th annual festival took place from March 2 – March 5, 2017 at various locations in New York City. The festival, curated by Peter Blackstock of Grove Atlantic, explored themes of queerness and non-conformity at the intersection of literature and language. This year’s chosen theme was “Queer as Volk.“

Neue Literatur has been committed to providing a platform for new voices and new storytellers originating in German, in addition to forging a lively conversation between American and German-language writers. The participation of our featured U.S. authors has been a cornerstone of our festival mission, as locals authors, too, grapple with festival themes, literary similarities, and cultural nuances. Past U.S. authors have included Jenny Offill, Monique Truong, James Hannaham, Chris Adrian, Tiphanie Yanique, Álvaro Enrigue, Francisco Goldman, Rivka Galchen, Adam Haslett, and Francine Prose, as well as featured moderators such as Siri Hustvedt and John Wray.
Festival Neue Literatur (FNL)

Promoting German Books

The Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. acts as a liaison between German rights departments and American editors and actively promotes all titles that are either featured in New Books in German, selected by Geisteswissenschaften International or presented in the Frankfurt Book Fair Children's List.
New Books in German (NBG), an independent magazine that recommends contemporary untranslated books from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is an excellent resource for American editors. NGB features fiction, nonfiction and children's books. Fiction titles by German authors are collaboratively selected by a UK bases jury as well as by the New York Office and a US based jury, consisting of colleagues from the Goethe-Institut New York and Chicago and professionals with the American publishing industry.

The Geisteswissenschaften International - Translation Funding for Humanities and Social Sciences is awarded by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels - German Publishers & Booksellers Association, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, VG WORT and Germany's Federal Foreign Office to innovate original German-language works for humanities and social sciences.

The New York Office promotes all titles that receive this award and for which English language rights are still available. The New York Office also helps US publishers in getting information about available rights and recommending suitable readers or translators.

Please click here for the most recent issue of the Frankfurt Book Fair Children’s List.

Working with Translators

Working with translators

New translation talent was discovered in a translation competition conducted by the Geisteswissenschaften International and the New York Office. The three winners of the GINT Prize were announced in January 2017 and were awarded a monetary prize.

Last year, the New York Office hosted its first translator competition for Children’s and Young Adult Books. The winners were announced on December 1, 2016 at the event “Children’s Books on Tour in New York City“.

Translators Database

The New York Office and the Frankfurt Book Fair maintain a translator database to facilitate the quick and easy finding of suitable translators. If you regularly do translation work from German into English and would like to be considered for inclusion in the database, please contact us at post@newyork.gbo.org.

Useful Information:

Publishing Perspectives

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German Books in English

Book of the Month

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U.S. Acquisitions List

Click on the aquistion list below to find out which German-language books are being published in English translation in 2017 or later. Please note that this might not be a complete list. We are dependent on the feedback of German rights directors and US acquiring editors. Please email us if you know of a title we have missed.
Forthcoming translations

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