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Frankfurter Buchmesse – Special Edition 2020

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As it was and will be

That was the Special Edition 2020

What began as an exciting experiment, turned out to be a great success. The pandemic-induced Special Edition of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 was entirely without hall exhibitors, but enhanced by numerous digital offers, accessible worldwide. The goal was to send out a message of hope in difficult times: to the entire industry, and to fans of literature all over the world.

All our expectations for this year's predominantly digital fair were exceeded. Thanks to the great number of digital exhibitors who took advantage of the opportunity to

present their brands to the world. Thanks to the many publishing professionals and literature enthusiasts who used our digital formats. Together, we made the best Frankfurter Buchmesse possible in a year like this one. In the name of literature, of culture, of new ideas.

Thanks again to everyone who has been a part of it! Now join us in looking forward to October 2021 – when, we hope, we will be back at the exhibition site, all across Frankfurt, and digitally around the world.

  • 200000

    users on

  • 4440

    digital exhibitors from 103 countries

  • 3644

    events in the Calendar of Events

  • 2388

    matchmaking tool users

  • 4165

    accounts in Frankfurt Rights

  • 400000

    titles in Frankfurt Rights

  • 6800

    submitted presentation titles on the highlight pages

  • 1500000

    clicks at BOOKFEST digital on 17 October 2020 with viewers from 124 countries

Imageclip Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020

Now available: Our media library "light" - Relive many parts of the live programme.

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Stay tuned!

Exhibitors, trade visitors, and literature fans from all over the world intensively made use of the digital offers of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020. Many of these digital formats will continue to be available after the fair, as well.

Frankfurt Rights

Continue to benefit from our new digital portal for contacts, information, and trading in the rights and licensing sector. Featuring an international catalogue of rights to browse through, to find what you are looking for, and for others to find you.


Find and get in touch with promising business partners, and receive customised contact recommendations based on your profile. Target your search to specific sectors and regions.

The Hof

Start your new year successfully with The Hof: The networking format digitises the Frankfurt Factor. Register now for free to experience stimulating talks and exciting discussions with peers in a relaxed atmosphere!

Exhibitor Directory

Even after the fair ends, you can get detailed information about all the participating publishers and companies. Base your search on key words, products, or sectors.


Get informed about all exhibitors, presentations, and specialist conferences at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 – and continue to use the matchmaking function.

Highlights of #fbm20

Preview of 2021

We already have great expectations for next year’s fair. Once again with exciting and unexpected personal encounters, intense face-to-face discussions, featuring stars and authors right there in the flesh! We all truly hope that Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021 will be a festival of literature, culture and the entire industry that takes place at the exhibition site and all around the city.

Much of what was new at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 proved to be a success: our digital formats reached trade and private audiences around the world, activating many new participants. Consequently, we will be using the coming weeks to asses our overall offer to put together tailor-made, useful products for you. Towards the end of this year, you will receive information on our product offers for 2021, and your options for participation.

We look forward to seeing you next year: from 20 to 24 October 2021 with Guest of Honour Canada.