PANZ places a strong emphasis on export, offering members training seminars and the opportunity to showcase their books at international book fairs. In recent years both Creative New Zealand and Education New Zealand have been supporters and funders of these initiatives.
The Taipei International Book Exhibition
Dates for TIBE
12-17 February 2019
The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) is one of the most vibrant and active book fairs in Asia. TIBE is organised by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and in its 22 years it has become an annual event of great importance for the publishing world. As a point of entry for international publishers to the broader Asian region, TIBE has successfully built a reputation of being a multi-functional event where writers, publishers and the general public can mingle. Publishers from around the world participate in the TIBE. And the public attend in very large numbers, as can be seen from the following figures for the 2017 event.
Each year, TIBE offers an opportunity for a country to be the Guest of Honour (GOH) at the fair. This opportunity allows the Guest of Honour to showcase their publishing, books and authors, and also their national culture and other elements they select. It is centred on a pavilion within the book fair exhibition, but extends beyond the exhibition halls, and potentially beyond Taipei. Having been supporters of TIBE in recent years, the Publishers Association of New Zealand welcomed the invitation that was extended for New Zealand to become the Guest of Honour in 2015.
The focus of activities was on the TIBE itself, which took place in Taipei from 11 February to 16 February 2015, but activities also took place before and after the fair and around Taiwan. The programme showcased NZ literary, cultural and educational talent as well as our food, beverages, tourism and technology in order to create new audiences and markets for our products. A cultural programme complemented the literary programme.
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The Frankfurt Book Fair
Each year PANZ manages a New Zealand collective stand offering a space for local publishers to exhibit and promote their titles in an international arena.The New Zealand collective stand is a collegial hub for business meetings and networking events.
Dates for Frankfurt Book Fair
16-20 October 2019
The Frankfurt Book Fair offers workshops and special events throughout the fair and is the premier international book fair lasting five days and attracting more than 7,400 exhibitors from over 108 countries. It is the biggest annual rights fair and both New Zealand and international publishers regard it as the most important book fair in the world to attend. As Guest of Honour at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, New Zealand embraced a unique opportunity to profile its literature, its culture and society to the German public, the German-speaking region and the world’s literary and publishing community. Culminating at the October 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, a year-long programme of activity throughout Germany showcased New Zealand literature and other art forms, leveraged trade and tourism opportunities and strengthened political ties through cultural diplomacy.
About 20 New Zealand publishers have typically exhibited on the NZ collective stand each year, and the 2012 stand saw an increase to 35 publishers with more than 50 people present. PANZ also hosts a stand party each year, which approximately 200 international guests attend and it is always a very popular event on the Frankfurt calendar. PANZ looks forward to building on the New Zealand presence made at the fair in coming years. Creative New Zealand is our current partner supporting literary publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair, providing funding for the stand and also assistance for publishers to travel to the fair and exhibit on the stand with Education New Zealand supporting out educational publishers. More info at www.nzatfrankfurt.govt.nz.
Other International Book Fairs
London Book Fair
12-15 March 2019
The London Book Fair held in April of each year is the global publishing community’s leading spring forum for booksellers, publishers, librarians and book production services worldwide. The fair provides a concentrated 3-day trading and educational platform offering access to the world’s books, business contacts and shared knowledge.
Leipzig Book Fair
21-24 March 2019
The Leipzig Book Fair is the most important spring meeting place for the publishing and media sector and has evolved into an attractive hallmark both in Germany and across Europe. In a nutshell, the aim of the Leipzig Book Fair is to drum up more publicity for books. Held every March, it’s a massive draw for publishers, writers, readers and journalists. An ideal communication platform, the Leipzig Book Fair provides extensive information about new publications as well as current and future trends in the German-speaking and European markets. As part of the Frankfurt NZ Guest of Honour programme, New Zealand attended the 2012 Leipzig Book Fair for the first time.
Bologna Children’s Book fair
1-4 April 2019
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. In 2018 PANZ managed a collective stand for New Zealand children’s book publishers at the fair and intends to make this a regular event
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
24 April–30 April 2019
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is the most professionally organised, most ambitious and fastest growing book fair in the Middle East and North Africa. Abu Dhabi is the motor driving the professional and commercial development of the regional publishing industry, and is financially and philosophically committed to the long-term expansion of the global book business.
Book Expo America (BEA)
29-31 May 2019
BookExpo is North America’s largest and most influential gathering of book industry professionals. BookExpo is the book industries premium trade event driven by business meetings, an innovative conference and author interactions.
Guadalajara International Book Fair
23 November–1 December 2019
The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also an amazing cultural festival. Created more than 30 years ago by the University of Guadalajara, the Fair is aimed at professionals and the general public alike, a characteristic that sets it apart from other book fairs around the globe.