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Frankfurter Buchmesse – Special Edition 2020

All together now!

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Be there: On air. In the city. At the fair.

All together now – On air. In the city. At the fair.

Inspiration, business and great stories – it all still awaits you in October! Because even in 2020, Frankfurter Buchmesse will still be the world’s most important marketplace for print and digital content, as well as a significant social and cultural event.

Due to the pandemic, there won’t be any exhibits in the halls, but there will be loads of new digital offerings, along with a comprehensive live programme on the ARD Book Fair Stage in the Festhalle, around 80 events as part of BOOKFEST city in Frankfurt and an illustrious line-up for BOOKFEST digital.

Celebrate a colourful and varied festival of literature with us this coming autumn. On-site or digital – from anywhere in the world. We look forward to seeing you.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Ihre Präsenzoptionen

Digital presentation options for publishers

This year Frankfurter Buchmesse has comprehensive digital presentation options, to give your business visibility worldwide – and free of charge.

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Signals of hope

Signals of Hope

Particularly during a worldwide crisis, one thing significantly gains in importance: hope. That’s why we would like to send out signals of hope – as an alternative to a culture of outrage, defamation, and conspiracy theories. Voices of hope from literature and society will be given a digital platform to address the transformative power of new ideas.

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Digital programme & services

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Frankfurt Conference

Frankfurt Conference

Four days packed solid with professional expertise: our virtual conference programme offers you discussions, Q&A sessions, and brief presentations featuring international experts, along with many chances to interact and make contacts.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Rights and Licensing

Rights and Licenses

This year, we have significantly expanded our online offering for rights and licensing. At Frankfurt Rights you can present your titles and catalogue of rights, along with your company, to an international audience of specialists, share your documents and make contact with partners.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Matchmaking


With our active Matchmaking Tool, you can find and make valuable business contacts. Registration is free and you will receive customised contact recommendations based on your information. In addition, the tool allows you to make a targeted search for contacts in specified areas and regions. The tool will be made available in mid-September and can be used after the week of the fair, as well.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Weltempfang


What influence has COVID-19 had on the global cultural sector? How can culture remain sustainably effective in the midst of a global crisis? This year, Weltempfang, the virtual centre for politics, literature and translation, will be discussing the subject of “Europe – connecting cultures”.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 B2B specialist programme

B2B specialist programme

A digital trade programme offers publishing professionals many opportunities for further education and exchange in the subject areas of THE ARTS+, Frankfurt Audio, Frankfurt Kids, Frankfurt Academic, Frankfurt Authors and Frankfurt EDU.

BOOKFEST digital

BOOKFEST digital

The all-new BOOKFEST digital on 17 October 2020 is a great, virtual celebration of literature and culture that fans all over the world can experience live – from Asia to Europe to America. At BOOKFEST digital, audiences celebrate BOOKFEST, live at home, wherever they are in the world.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Businesswelten

Business Insights

Frankfurter Buchmesse’s website offers informative content on the most important topics for people in the trade. Our Business Insights pages contain articles, tips and event notifications to help you advance your business.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Themenwelten Übersicht

Reader Delights

Fans of literature and culture can find a wealth of curated content in our Reader Delights. We invite you on a discovery tour through 18 Reader Delights covering all genres from novels and engaging non-fiction to how-to, graphic novels, and art and photography books.

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Extensive live programme: At the fair. In the city.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 ARD Buchmessenbühne

ARD Buchmessenbühne

A full programme every day: Experience the events on the ARD Buchmessenbühne live in the Festhalle or online via livestream. With world-class stars, authors and artists, exciting discussion rounds on current topics and lots of good entertainment. Don’t miss the ARD Buchmesse Night on Friday, 16 October 2020, which will be broadcast live nationwide by all cultural broadcasters in Germany.

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Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 – Special Edition

Shop for true #fbm20 fans


#fbm20 coffee cups, shirts & more

For anyone who can’t get enough of Frankfurter Buchmesse, you can now bring that book fair feeling home. Or to your office. Get some #fbm20 gifts for your customers or business partners – or just for yourself.

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Stars auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Missed the Buchmesse? Or do you want to watch fascinating presentations again in full length? Here you will find talks with star authors and celebrities, readings, press conferences, awards ceremonies and much more.