The curtains closed on the 2014 London Book Fair just a few weeks ago. The LBF is a major global publishing event, second only to the Frankfurt Book Fair, and a small contingent from Publishers’ Graphics was fortunate enough to attend.
There were seminars and conferences, lots of exhibitors showcasing new technologies, and even a representative from the royal family strolled the aisles: the Duchess of Cornwall. And of course, books! One glance at the exhibit floor and you’ll be assured that the publishing industry is very much alive and kicking.
Who attends the LBF? Publishers, agents, distributors, authors, and all those who supply the book trade—printers, tech companies and people who just love books. PG’s Vice President of Distribution and Sales, Anthony Ferrigno noted, “With the constant change within the publishing industry, attending an event such as the LBF offers the opportunity for publishers to see new technologies and trends. In short, if someone is in this industry and is either in an executive or senior management role, they should attend.”
Speaking of trends, PG sales rep Susan Tonks observed quite a few: “It was quite interesting to see various special print techniques for book covers: lots of embossing, foil stamping, reverse lacquer, and folded covers.” She continued: “Since this was my first international book fair experience, I was impressed by the number of vendors and the wide range of books they publish.”
PG has its eye on the Big Apple with its next stop the Book Expo America in New York City in late May. If you’d like to meet with us at BEA, give us a shout!