German Design Award Special 2019

Frankfurter Buchmesse

Ideas that move the world

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Plan your visit to the fair 2019 now

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important marketplace worldwide for printed and digital content and a great social and cultural event. In October, publishing experts, writers, players from the creative industry and culture enthusiasts from across the world will meet here to network, discuss, negotiate, make decisions, to marvel and celebrate. Frankfurt becomes the worldwide hub of the media and publishing industry in October, with ground-breaking contracts, innovative technologies and world literature you can touch.

Secure your ticket for Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Private visitors can already use our ticket shop to buy their tickets. Advance sales of trade visitor tickets will begin in June. Private visitors, who’d like to attend the fair for three extra days this year, can take advantage of the Freundeskreis Ticket, which lets them enjoy the fair on the days traditionally reserved for trade visitors (Wednesday to Friday).


Frankfurter Buchmesse stays active 365 days a year - all around the world. Stay on top of the latest updates in our news area where you can learn about various fair events and sweepstakes or read interviews that cover the most exciting fair topics.

  • Frankfurter Buchmesse - Future Frankfurt: Unser Weg in die Zukunft


    Frankfurter Buchmesse: A Look into the Future

    In this interview the Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Juergen Boos, and its Vice President Marketing & Communications, Katja Böhne, answer some questions about the book fair’s “Future Frankfurt” concept and what it holds in store for exhibitors and visitors.

  • Mary Ellen Bates


    AI will be the transformative technology of the 2020s

    Information Professional Mary Ellen Bates on the unpredictable consequences and benefits of the new technology

Let yourself be inspired

Besucher auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

A Weekend of Highlights

There’s no other way to experience more authors, content, stars and events. Like every year, we have a lot to offer, but above all – we deliver inspiration. Meet your favourite authors, be the first to discover new bestsellers, and enjoy an environment of bustling creativity.


To the private visitor ticket

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Three extra Days for Friends of the Fair

The Freundeskreis Ticket unites all those who value and love our events, along with anyone who wants to get more from the fair. Private visitors can now experience three additional days at the fair when they get the Freundeskreis Ticket – and join in the fun during the days traditionally reserved for trade visitors only.


To the Freundeskreis-Ticket

Our Highlights? Beyond Words

At the heart of Frankfurt this October, there will be much more going on than books. There will be printed and digital content, social and cultural events, and many other exciting events that you won’t want to miss.


Frankfurter Buchmesse in 2018

From Frankfurt Kids to THE ARTS+ and Weltempfang: Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 was as diverse as the content it presented. Take a look back the past year and let the passion for exciting content inspire you again in 2019.

A look back at 2018

Hjertelig velkommen, Norge!

Norway is 2019 the Guest of Honour of Frankfurter Buchmesse – the land of big Literature: from the classics of Henrik Ibsen to the modern best-sellers of Jo Nesbø. We very much look forward to experiencing the literature from Europe's far north. Join us on a tour of discovery.


Readings, discussions, performances and much more – throughout the year, there were many exciting events by our Guest of Honour.

Poster competition

In honour of our guest country, we are organising our own poster competition. Up and coming designers will be invited to create a welcome message for the guest country.

Past Guest

Have a look into the past and learn more about the Guest of Honour countries of recent years.

Highlight Audio auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurt Audio: Your Stories will be heard

The new international marketplace for audio content at Frankfurter Buchmesse offers presentation and event locations to exhibitors, while showcasing the newest products and trends, and providing a networking platform for digital audio content. Take the opportunity to network with industry leaders.

WILDCARD: Win your stand until 31. May!

Answer three questions regarding your exhibition concept and win the grand prize: the WILDCARD for a free stand at Frankfurter Buchmesse.

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Übersetzer Fellowship der Frankfurter Buchmesse
RightsTech: Europe-Konferenz

RightsTech Europe

Don’t miss the first RightsTech: Europe Conference in Frankfurt, on 9 and 10 September 2019.  The first European conference of its kind focusses on rights management and licensing in the media sector and brings together a unique mix of creators, media rights owners, technology developers, legal and financial professionals, policymakers and innovators from around the globe

Get 15 Percent off with the Early Bird Ticket until 31 May!


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What’s the only thing you need for an inspiring time at the fair?

Just one ticket! Buy it now and visit Frankfurter Buchmesse!