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New programme: Frankfurt International Booksellers

Further education and networking programme for international booksellers

The programme is aimed at international booksellers who offer foreign-language titles in their bookshops and would like to gain insight into the workings of the German book market and German publishing. Some 20-25 international booksellers will be selected by Frankfurter Buchmesse to take part in an exclusive training, exchange and networking programme. The programme will be organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office.

The application deadline is 28 September 2020.

The first version of the programme will take place virtually. Participants will join a series of online seminars between October and December this year.

Requirements for participation

  • Several years of activity in the book trade
  • Good command of English
  • Experience in sales of foreign-language titles
  • Recommendation from your own company management

What to expect

Further education

Participation in online meetings and online seminars about the German book market and book trade topics (roughly every two weeks from October to December 2020). Information on the digital professional and cultural programme of Frankfurter Buchmesse (14-18 October 2020).

Programme

Online seminars on the German book market (the publishing landscape, the distribution and bookselling system, programme presentation by German publishers) and on bookselling topics (best-practice examples of German bookstores and current topics based on the specific needs of the participants).

Networking

Establishing contacts with German publishers and distributors. Exchange on the participants' book markets and their specific challenges, as well as networking among the participants.

All Frankfurt International Booksellers 2020

Kamrul Hasan Shay

Kamrul Hasan Shayok - Bangladesh

Panjeree Publications Ltd., Managing Director

Panjeree Publications Ltd., Managing Director

Panjeree   Publications   Ltd.   is   a   leading   and   trusted   name   in   the   publication   arena   of Bangladesh. With a view to bring about a far-reaching pragmatic change in this field, Panjeree started its journey in 1994; and meeting all the challenges, it finally became a limited company in 2000. Keeping the linguistic competence and tastes of different age groups in mind, Panjeree has been one of the best publishing companies in Bangladesh. Realizing the importance of the readers of all ages, we have been successfully publishing reference books, novels, poetrybooks, comics, travelogues, and classics in translation. Our commitment to publish qualitybooks has received wide acclamation. In 2009, we have opened PBS – the first bookshop chain in Bangladesh. Since then, PBS has become one of the most popular bookshops of the country due to its vast and rich collection of the international and national bestsellers. Crossing the borders, Panjeree has already earned commendation as a result of our endeavor to expand our market and activities in India, the UK and other parts of Europe, the USA, Australia, and fewother countries. As we make a steady progress to achieve our goal of becoming a global name,we are also pledge bound to help achieve the aims of UNESCO’s ‘Books for Everyone’ and Bangladesh Government’s ‘Education for All’. We are trying to build a future where passion for reading will be one of the key parameters of a society’s progress.   

Profile of Mr. Kamrul Hasan Shayok
Author Kamrul Hasan Shayok (Born on 6 September 1965 in Nilfamari, Bangladesh) is one of the most eminent and distinguished publishers in the publishing industry of Bangladesh. He is a renowned publishing specialist and the Managing Director of Panjeree Publications Ltd., one of the largest publishing houses of Bangladesh. He is the Vice President of Bangladesh Publishers and Book-sellers’ Association (BAPUS), former Executive Director of Academic and Creative Publishers’ Association of Bangladesh (ACPAB) and Chairman of working committee of Asia Pacific Publishers’ Association (APPA). Mr. Shayok is also regarded as one of the most important individuals in the arena of the publication sector, since he is dynamically involved with the policy making process and other related responsibilities related to the overall progressions of the sector. 

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Breno Santos - Brazil

Livraria da Travessa LTDA, Import Manager

Livraria da Travessa LTDA, Import Manager

Designed to make cities’ residents and visitors feel warm and welcomed, Travessa is a chain of bookshops founded in 1986. A key player in the Brazilian book market, Travessa has six bookshops in Rio, the main one located at Shopping Leblon has 1400m², another one in the Ribeirão Preto city, and at the Moreira Salles Institute in São Paulo. 2019 started with the opening of the first Travessa overseas at Príncipe Real neighbourhood in Lisbon, 300m² dedicated to Brazilian literature, Portuguese, and foreign authors. Back to São Paulo, in 2019, a new branch located at Pinheiros neighbourhood was inaugurated, doubling its size in 2020. The expansion continues, the opening of new bookshop in Niteroi city is planned by the end of 2020.

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Heather Kuipers - Canada

Ella Minnow Ltd, Bookstore Owner

Ella Minnow Ltd, Bookstore Owner

Ella Minnow is a full service children's bookstore in Toronto, ON Canada, established in 2006. We sell children's and some adult books to the general public and through institutional channels to several large Ontario School Boards.

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Ronald Thibault - Canada

Librairie Michel Fortin inc., President

Librairie Michel Fortin inc., President

Founded in 1982 and based in Montreal, Librairie Michel Fortin can proudly say that it is North America’s Language Bookstore. With more than 14 000 titles lining our shelves and references to 260 languages, our shop is a magnet for teachers, learners and language lovers. We provide everything needed for teaching or self-learning. We offer textbooks, workbooks and dictionaries. Literature wise, we follow closely the needs of our customers. We offer a range of graded readers and, when the time comes, not only do we carry the biggest selection of language methods in North America, we provide an exceptional service with special orders. Our multilingual employees are experts in languages and they are more than happy to find the material that will match their customers needs.

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Miguel Wolter - Chile

MásKe Libros, Owner

MásKe Libros, Owner

MásKe Libros is a familiar library with 8 years of experience selling children´s and young boys books. We are dedicated to choose and offer a specialized catalogue for kids. MásKe Libros is conformed by a specialist in literature and a psychologist.
In 2016 we created or own Editorial, called MásKe Ediciones, and we have 3 books edited: Tumbao Rebelde, El Rock Mestizo de Santo Barrio (for adults, about Chilean music in the 90´s decade), El Crack (an illustrated version of the popular song by Los Miserables, Chilean punk band, for kids) and Antipatriarca (illustrated version for kids of the emblematic song by the Chilean singer Anita Tijoux).

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Yolanda Auza - Colombia

Librerías Wilborada 1047 SAS, Owner

Librerías Wilborada 1047 SAS, Owner

Wilborada 1047 is an independent bookshop that offers a very well curated selection, with a professional and very customer oriented bookseller. About 20.000 volumes general interest books.

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Samir Abdelrazek - Egypt

EMCO Marketing Co., Manager and Partner

EMCO Marketing Co., Manager and Partner

EMCO is a leading marketing company founded in 2001 and since the very beginning we aim to increase the awareness of book's value through a collection of distinguished cultural, educational, entertaining and activity books in (English -German) which we offer to our children from pre-k to young adults. To do that we are keen on dealing with the most well known and reputable publishers all over the world, as we also are studious to attend international schools and nurseries book fairs adding value to the events participate.

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Evripidis Konstantinidis - Greece

Konstantinidis Bookshop, Manager and Owner

Konstantinidis Bookshop, Manager and Owner

Founded in 1955 in Thessaloniki in Northern Greece by the Konstantinidis brothers. It started as a general interest bookshop and developed as one of the most prominent academic bookshops in the humanity studies and a meeting place for many Greek and international academics. In 1998 the second generation of the Konstantinidis family took over and the bookshop became more extrovert and diversified on new categories like contemporary Greek literature and Contemporary English fiction. In 2005 a second branch opened in the high street of Thessaloniki with a more modern approach in bookselling and with a very cozy children corner. The bookshop was awarded for the development of its new identity and its transformation from a traditional bookstore to a modern one. 2020 finds the bookshop functioning in a three level store, adding stationery on its portfolio and also French and German books as to cover a huge gap in the Thessaloniki market.

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Philippe Hunziker - Guatemala

Sophos, General Manager

Sophos, General Manager

SOPHOS is a bookshop in Guatemala that has become a cultural and bookselling reference in Central America, because of its bibliographical selection, copious cultural agenda and ambiance. Philippe Hunziker is General Manager of SOPHOS. He has participated in several forums dedicated to the book world and has written articles for the periodical Trama & Texturas. In 2016, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in the Chevalier grade by France’s Minister of Culture. Since December 2018, he is President of the Asociación Gremial de Editores de Guatemala and Vicepresident of the Grupo Iberoamericano de Editores.

 

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Leonardo Agustín Montes - Honduras

Librería Navarro, General Manager

Librería Navarro, General Manager

Librería Navarro is a third-generation, family-owned bookstore in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, founded by Miguel Navarro in 1936. The company employs ten full-time staff, in one location, in the historical center of the city, with a sales floor area of 150 square meters. A high percentage of inventory comprises imported titles, mainly from Mexico and Spain. Revenue comes from three business areas: distribution, institutional sales, and retail.
Librería Navarro believes in the ability of motivated readers of all ages to lead more fulfilling lives through constant learning and aesthetic enjoyment of literature and seeks to provide an adequate offer of titles to satisfy the demands of a broad public. 

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Leonard Fernandes - India

The Dogears Bookshop, Co-Founder

The Dogears Bookshop, Co-Founder

I am Leonard Fernandes, the co-founder of The Dogears Bookshop, in Margao, India. Although we started the bookshop in April 2016, we had launched an online bookstore, called Dogears Etc., way back in 2006. Our association with publishing goes back to CinnamonTeal Publishing, a self-publishing service we started in 2007, and the Publishing Next conference, launched in 2011, the most recent edition of which we had in September 2019.
Our bookshop is a small one with large ambitions. We have books on most genres, although we primarily have books for children and books related to our home state of Goa. Till the pandemic made it impossible to do so, our bookstore was also a community hub of sorts with social activities of every imaginable kind.

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Olivannan Gopalakrishnan - India

Emerald Publishers, CEO

Emerald Publishers, CEO

Nearly four decades of experience has given Emerald Publishers a reputable position in the field of publishing. Emerald specialises in books of an array of genres, including literature, fiction, various non-fiction categories likes self-help, business, academics, etc. 

Our academic division draws faculty of premier institutions in the country who have authored the books widely used by universities and colleges. Emerald has ties with international publishers (ranging from the pacific to transatlantic) that work towards buying and selling rights of English works and translation of works authored by internationally acclaimed writers into Tamil and other Indian and Foreign languages.
The Ezhilini Imprint provides scope for Tamil writers across continents to have their books published and distributed through Emerald Publishers. 

Emerald also provides a platform to first-time authors and student writers to encourage and give opportunities to the upcoming literary geniuses through special publishing programmes and guidance. Emerald Publishers is also always committed to the cause of creating an intelligent society and towards that conducts seminars, workshops, internship programmes for faculty, students and young adults.

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Farah Haji Saeed Nazari - Iran

Book City, Management

Book City, Management

Book City Co. PJS was established in March 1996, we have the exclusive representation of many well-known publishers and producers from all over the world.

Apart from selling the products at Book City chain stores (that is 80 retail outlets in Tehran and other cities as well), we work as a complete seller, and distribute the imported products to other shops. All kinds of cultural material are being sold in our shops. Alongside attending different Book Fairs and holding some exhibitions in our central shop, we have also created a good market for the products. This company handles the following tasks.

Importing: Books for adults and children in foreign languages, Educational toys, Music albums from the world’s first-class publishers, Back to school supplies, Paper collection such as gift wrap….; Exporting: Books and cultural material; Distributing: Products which have been imported or produced by third party for instance stationaries and handcrafts.
 

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Maddalena Fossombroni - Italy

Libreria Todo Modo - signordido s.r.l., CEO

Libreria Todo Modo - signordido s.r.l., CEO

Todo Modo is an independent bookshop in the center of Florence close to the river Arno. Inside there is a small theater (the Zafer) where authors and writers talk and the Uqbar, the little wine bar. Todo Modo organizes festivals (Testo) and collaborates with national and international institutions.

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Keith Thong - Malaysia

University Book Store Malaysia, Managing Director

University Book Store Malaysia, Managing Director

Keith Thong is the Managing Director of University Book Store Malaysia (UBSM) which was set up by his mentors to serve Malaysia’s pioneer universities: University Malaya (UM) and the National University of Malaysia (UKM) 60 years ago.


UBSM is the current market leader in the K-12 segment for all Print and Digital products distribution in Malaysia and the SEA region; with specific focused on the UK IGCSE curriculum and IB segment. NGOs: Board Trustee: Methodist Boys School Alumni; Board Member: Malaysian National Book Council (MBKM, MOE); Deputy Chairman: Malaysian Book Industry Chamber (MBIC); President: Malaysian Book Sellers Association; Member: Internet Alliance Network; Professional: https://www.ubsm.com.myTrainer and speaker; Publishing and Education Projects: Education, Libraries, Textbooks & Rural; Development (Print and Digital); Agent and Distributor for content company: Asia and SEA. 

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Claudia Bautista - Mexico

Hyperion Libreria, Owner / Bookseller

Hyperion Libreria, Owner / Bookseller

Hyperion is a library that is distinguished by the careful selection of the material on display, focused above all on the area of ​​social sciences and humanities. The philosophy section is of great importance to us, as is the music, aesthetics and literary essay section. We have a wide and careful section of universal literature, children's and youth literature and graphic novels.

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Gerardo Diaz - Mexico

Librerías de Michoacán SA de CV, Marketing Manager

Librerías de Michoacán SA de CV, Marketing Manager

Librerías Hidalgo is a mexican company dedicated to the distribuition of books, stationery, educational technology and educational solutions since its foundation in 1991. Our main goal is to offer the best customer service offering integral and innovative solutions according to the market need.
Over the 29 years of existence, the company has grown to be one of Mexico's top book distributor, ranking among the top 10 distributors in the country.

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Asogwa Cosmas - Nigeria

Get Me Books Ltd, MD/CEO

Get Me Books Ltd, MD/CEO

After over a decade long marketing experience in the educational publishing ecosystem, a group of like minded colleagues set out to confront book piracy which has been identified as a huge menace to the business of book selling and publishing across the globe . Hence GET ME BOOKS LTD was established as a platform for book buyers to GET books directly from their publishers thereby eliminating the chances for pirated books thrive.

At getmebooks…We have the capacity and huge network of reliable and experienced fieldsmen across the 36 states and Abuja the Federal Capital of Nigeria to promote and create markets for books of various publishers we partner with. Over the years, we have built great partnerships with high flying publishers from India and Malaysia as well as some local publishers. Needless.to say we are attending this virtual book fair to enable us expand our network of book publishers we partner with and so we look forward to partnering with as many publishers that are willing to explore the potentials of the huge Nigerian book market.
For more information, you can give us a call +23 480 23968180
or e-mail us: getmebooks.com.ng@gmail.com

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Mahmoud Muna - Palestinian Territories

Educational Bookshop Lrd, Sales Manager

Educational Bookshop Lrd, Sales Manager

the EB is a well established and leading bookstore focusing on Middle Eastern culture and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The books are mostly research-based and published by highly respected institutions and publishers worldwide. Most of the collection is in English, German, and French. However, we also have a selection of Arabic literature, guidebooks, dictionaries and teaching books. The Educational Bookshop "Books @ Café" premises has received uplifting reviews from our loyal customers. The shop was inaugurated in 2009. Our new shelves feature hundreds of titles, covering every aspect of the Palestinian and Middle Eastern life from culinary traditions to contemporary politics - mostly in English. We source our books from hundreds of international and mainstream publishing houses, universities and research centres from the four corners of the world. Our purchase power is constantly enhanced by business visits, meetings and trade shows.
We organize book launches, film screening and public lectures throughout the year, making the bookshop a real hub for culture in Jerusalem.

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Kamila Kowerska - Poland

MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Bookstores and Distribution Manager

MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Bookstores and Distribution Manager

MOCAK Bookstore is the art bookshop of MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. In the spacious premises of the permanent bookshop located at 4 Lipowa Street in Krakow, you will find a selection of the most interesting contemporary humanities publications: from works on art criticism, philosophy or aesthetics to photography, design, fashion, film, music, architecture or the new media. The Bookstore offers a well supplied children and young people’s section and an extensive comics section. 

The MOCAK offer includes a few dozen art magazines. We offer a service of arranging subscriptions to art publications on behalf of customers. On request, we can order books not normally stocked or help the customer source the required publications.

At MOCAK Bookstore you can also buy limited-edition decorative and utilitarian artistic objects, produced by artists who work with the Museum as well as reproductions of works from the MOCAK Collection. Museum souvenirs are always in stock.

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Malgorzata Duda-Klag - Poland

ABE-IPS Sp. z o.o., Area Sales Manager

ABE-IPS Sp. z o.o., Area Sales Manager

We are one of the largest distributors of foreign books in Poland. We bring them from all over the world and take care of bringing them in time to you. Our bookstores are located in 5 cities in Poland. We realize orders for both individual and institutional clients. Presently we are Pearson publishing sole distributor in 41 countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Nordic countries. Our mission is to provide the broadly understood expertise knowledge necessary to meet educational and business and self-development needs of our customers in the most convenient way for them. Within more than 28 years of our company's activity we have become the market leader in the distribution of professional literature.

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Catarina Martins - Portugal

LER eSaber, Owner

LER eSaber, Owner

LER e Saber is a website that houses a small online bookstore, especially dedicated to children's books, also with other reading categories, like literature, travel, wellbeing, classified as "Chosen books", and a blog with suggestions from our affiliations. On the website there is a section of "Foreign books", with information from German and English publishers, and this is the part of the bookstore that we wish to develop, eventually with connection to foreign children living in Portugal. Our motto is...take beautiful books to all children, through delivery packages, subscriptions, or simple organized reading spaces. Ultimately, we would like to become a reading reference for all children and educators, giving access to great foreign books.

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Mireya Valencia - Spain

Llibreria Finestres, S.L.U., Area Sales Manager

Llibreria Finestres, S.L.U., Area Sales Manager

Llibreria Finestres is a new project of bookshop due to open in February 2021 in the centre of Barcelona. Our intention is to provide the Spanish market with a new kind of bookshop which will offer cutting-edge authors and publishers from all over the world and an extensive programming of cultural activities of all kind. In order to achieve this we possess two spaces of 800 m₂ in total, with 50,000 books and an online site. We count on a great team of people that combines both very experienced professionals with young people starting in the book world, all of them in continuous learning. We specialise in literature, non-fiction, arts and comic books in 9 different languages. 

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Juancho Pons - Spain

Librería PONS, Manager and Owner

Librería PONS, Manager and Owner

Academic bookstore, selling Spanish and foreign books all over Spain to universities and libraries and journals agency. Family owned company, with a staff of 9 people now, with a history of almost 70 years. Very much related with foreign publishers and the international book trade.

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Ihor Zarudko - Ukraine

KnigoLand Bookstore, Director

KnigoLand Bookstore, Director

All-Ukrainian network of bookstores KnigoLand (42 bookstores in the network).
In assortment: educational literature, literature for children for any age. Young Adult literature, fiction, non fiction literature. Also stationery, toys.

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Justin Cox - United Kingdom

African Books Collective, CEO

African Books Collective, CEO

African Books Collective (ABC) is an African owned, worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for books from Africa - scholarly, literature and children's books. We also run the website readafricanbooks.com which profiles the work of African publishers and books.

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Alena Jones - United States

Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Manager

Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Manager

Founded in 1961, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore is known for its exemplary academic book selection. Its inventory reflects the literary and scholarly interests of its membership, many of them affiliated currently or previously with its neighbor and landlord, the University of Chicago. Its sibling bookstore, 57th Street Books, was established in 1983 and caters to the literary interests of the greater South Side of Chicago. Both stores are unique and valued places of discovery, Chicago institutions where browsing and conversation are nurtured. In 2019, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Inc. became the country’s first not-for-profit bookstores whose mission is bookselling.

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Fernando Pascual - Mexico

Librerías el Sótano, Director Strategic Planning

Librerías el Sótano, Director Strategic Planning

To think about changing a city or better the conditions under which people live should be one of the last goals of our strategy and efforts. Scalable and replicable.
Promoting a reading culture and making initiatives under a physical space are steps that need to be taken to increase the national reader base while generating a consistent stream of positive actions. After 53 years, we still believe that. We have the biggest catalog in Mexico and we are here to find similar approaches to change our everyday lives. We are El Sótano Bookstores.

We support young professionals and high potentials in many ways

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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