The London Book Fair once again was held in Olympia London. From publishers to authors, literary agents to booksellers and translators, the three days saw representatives from the global book industry do business, share expertise, network and attend sessions covering topics on the key issues affecting the industry.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, delivered an inspiring opening keynote, before discussing his new book, Breathe: Tackling the Climate Emergency, with Dan Conway, CEO, Publishers Association, and an introduction from Karine Pansa, President, International Publishers Association.
Khan commented: “I’m delighted to attend this year’s London Book Fair and engage with an industry that is so important to London’s cultural vibrancy and the UK’s creative economy. Cities like London are leading from the front in taking action to tackle the climate emergency – and I look forward to discussing how we can all play a part in building a greener future.”
The nominees for the coveted International Booker Prize were also announced on the opening day of the event.
Ashley Gordon, Publishing Market Development Manager, HP, Rachel Martin, Global Director of Sustainability, Elsevier, Amanda Ridout, Founder and CEO of Boldwood Books and Chair of the IPG Sustainability Action Group, Fabrice Bakhouche, Deputy CEO, Hachette Livre, and Jude Drake, Head of Sustainability, Bloomsbury Publishing, talked about concrete actions and ways to work together to minimise the input of resources across the whole supply chain, including the advancements of the bespoke ‘Carbon Calculator’ to help industry tackle climate change.
Quite a lot of books and magazines were presented at the fair on the topic of sports, fitness, wellbeing, and travel. It can be seen that the interest of publishers in these topics is certainly growing. This, of course, was great news for the editor-in-chief of the Health Fitness MAG / Travel Guide, Inga Kouru-Nedaskovskaja, who also visited the fair in 2023.
The London Book Fair finished on 20 April, bringing the largest spring book trade and publishing event in the world to a close, with over 30,000 total attending over the three days.
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