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The world capital of ideas. Since 1949.

Facts and figures about Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021

  • 73500

    visitors on site

  • 2013

    exhibitors from 80 countries

  • 36000

    trade visitors from 105 countries

  • 37500

    literary fans from 85 countries

  • 2235

    events in the Calendar of Events

  • 1764

    on-site events

  • 3189

    Frankfurt Rights event members from 66 countries

  • 397210

    titles at Frankfurt Rights

Our facts and figures 2021

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Our mission

Frankfurter Buchmesse strives to be the key business event for our customers, providing them with all the components they need to succeed. We achieve this by informing them about important trends and topics, enabling their contact to important players in the respective markets and, above all, helping them paving the way to innovative business models in the book and media industry. All year round. On an international scale.

Frankfurter Buchmesse is one the world’s most important stages for current debates on international and socio-political events. In Frankfurt, we bring together the people whose business is ideas, open a constructive dialogue on pressing issues, and meet on equal footing with those who have different views.

We see the book fair as a platform to share our passion for good stories and to experience creativity that engages all the senses. It’s where the fans and friends of renowned authors can meet and enjoy close encounters with their idols. At the heart of it, Frankfurter Buchmesse is a crossroads where people and culture meet.

Our profile

Once a year Frankfurter Buchmesse turns into the world capital of ideas. It is the most important international trade fair for publishing and content of all kinds - from novels and children's books to scientific databases. Here, experts from global publishing meet partners from the technology industry and related creative industries such as film and games. Thus, it is the hub of the international rights and licensing trade, and from here new cooperations and business models take their course.

At the same time, the fair is a major cultural event, attracting literature enthusiasts and making Frankfurt the centre of the international media world in October.

Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH, based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is the organisation behind Frankfurter Buchmesse. It is a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels).

Die Buchmesse hat viele Gesichter

Our future together

Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Börsenverein group have many faces: product managers, marketing managers, IT developers, lawyers, event managers, market researchers, PR managers, business analysts, journalists, and data managers. These represent only a portion of the many professionals who help us in the development of the book market. Together, they make up the core of a dynamic and lively market.

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Our personnel policy

The Frankfurt Book Fair GmbH (FBM), a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, has been awarded the audit berufundfamilie certificate since 2008.

The Frankfurt Book Fair GmbH (FBM), a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, has been awarded the audit berufundfamilie certificate since 2008.

The Board of Trustees of berufundfamilie Service GmbH recognizes the long-term commitment to family and life-phase conscious policy with the certificate "audit berufundfamilie". The process ensured that the high level of development was maintained or expanded as required.

Our history

Frankfurter Buchmesse has been organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH since 1949 when 205 German exhibitors met in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt for the first post-war book fair. However, the history of Frankfurter Buchmesse goes back much further - to the 15th century. At that time Johannes Gutenberg invented book printing just a few kilometres from downtown Frankfurt.

Today, Frankfurter Buchmesse is the largest book fair in the world, an international trademark and a model for cultural events. The company is active in international publishing throughout the year and well beyond the trade fair days.

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