World city London hosts the annual world event London Book Fair 2016


The stage is set for the London Book Fair to be held in Olympia, West London from April 12-14, 2016. The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. An update. The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future.

LBF brings direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from April 12-14, 2016 at Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 11 April. Here are a few more highlights of the fair.

Author HQ seminar programme-specially designed for writers and aspiring writers

A fantastic line up of industry experts and bestselling authors will be on hand at to share their expertise and experience on how to get published successfully, as they take part in LBF’s Author HQ seminar programme, with Kindle Direct Publishing. Speakers in this year’s programme include best-selling authors Peter James, Mark Dawson and Andrew Crofts, in addition to representatives from a whole range of associations, publishers and literary agencies including the Alliance of Independent Authors, Bonnier Publishing, Conville & Walsh, Furniss Lawton, Harlequin, LAW, Nosy Crow, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Sheil Land Associates, the Society of Authors and Triskele Books. This is the fifth year that Author HQ, LBF’s dedicated theatre for established and aspiring writers, has hosted a three day programme of seminars especially curated to provide the knowledge, tools and insights to help writers make informed decisions about getting their work published. This year’s Author HQ seminar programme includes:

  • Independent Publishing with Amazon – hear about the writing and publishing experience of some bestselling authors using Amazon’s independent publishing programmes: Kindle Direct Publishing, Createspace and ACX for audiobooks
  • Sunday Times bestselling author, Peter James – character and plot development – a unique insight into the writing methods and creative approach of a ten times Sunday Times No 1, international best-selling author
  • Sell More Books, In More Formats, In More Territories – how can more established authors broaden their markets?
  • Successful PR & Marketing Strategies – what are the principles of good PR and marketing, what opportunities are available and what can authors do to PR and market their books more effectively?
  • Why we commissioned these debuts – what are publishers and agents looking for when signing up new talent?
  • Author Collectives – what are they, how do they work, how best to set up your own, and what are the benefits/disadvantages
  • Introduction to Publishing – the roles of publisher and literary agent – a quick fire publishing industry overview, that will look at how authors, agents and publishers work together, plus top tips on how best to approach a literary agent
  • Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Publishing Landscape – valuable guidance on a range of topics including what you need to consider when deciding to go with a publisher or self-publish; from getting funding and evaluating offers, to navigating the legal issues of an evolving industry
  • Successful social media strategies – social media gives authors the power and ability to connect directly with their readers in a way that is fundamentally changing the way they buy books. But how can authors make the best of the opportunity? This seminar will also focus on the do’s and don’ts of good website design
  • Genre spotlights – two sessions in the 2016 programme, which will take a more in-depth look in to the worlds of both non-fiction and children’s publishing Back for another year, The Write Stuff, a Dragon’s Denstyle panel event, will see six authors pitch their books to a panel of three literary agents on Thursday afternoon in front of the Author HQ audience, for the chance to win a follow up meeting with an agent. The afternoon will kick off with Sanjiv Rana, The Write Stuff winner 2015, talking about the past year working with agent, Toby Mundy, Toby Mundy Associates, one of the agents on last year’s judging panel.

There will also be English PEN Literary Salon where a host of writers will be in conversation about their work. This year’s English PEN Literary Salon line-up includes Marian Keyes, Howard Jacobson and Judith Kerr, who are LBF’s Authors of the Day, as well as Jeffrey Archer, Tracy Chevalier, Peter Pomerantzev, Meg Rosoff and more.

London Education Conference

The International Publishers Association (IPA) and The London Book Fair (LBF) will organise the fourth edition of their successful What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies education conference will take place on Tuesday 12th April in association with The Publishers Association.

The conference will begin with a keynote address from OECD Analyst Francesco Avvisati on his report “Students, Computers and Learning”, with a response from Laurie Forcier, head of thought leadership, Pearson, chaired by former UK minister and TES global chief education advisor, Lord Knight. Li Pengyi, president of China Education Publishing and Media Group will give the second keynote speech of the conference.

Top level speakers from major international agencies, education institutions and publishers from countries including America, Brazil, France, China, Germany, Mexico and The Netherlands will present throughout the day. Topics on the 2016 conference agenda include the integration of technology into the curriculum and the impact on resources; research on digital adoption in Mexico and its outcomes; and moving from textbooks to digital learning objects. A session has also been scheduled on digital issues which will cover data protection, privacy and cybersecurity.

Baroness Rebuck to receive the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

The London Book Fair will present the LBF Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 to Gail, Baroness Rebuck, DBE, chair of Penguin Random House, UK. Gail Rebuck is a towering figure of British and international publishing, who has contributed much to the industry both as a business leader and through her passionate support for reading and literacy. As chair and chief executive of Random House UK for over 20 years, Gail Rebuck built a formidable international publishing house with a hugely influential and successful author list. Together, authors published by Random House have included numerous international and UK bestsellers and have been awarded 32 Nobel Prizes, 18 Booker Prizes and more than 100 Pulitzer Prizes.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has made a truly significant mark in the sphere of global publishing. The Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing will be presented at the International Excellence Awards, on Tuesday 12 April 2016, 6.30pm in The Conference Centre, Olympia, London.

LBF International Excellence Awards 2016

The shortlist for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2016 has been announced, with China leading the shortlists with five nominations and the USA and Australia not far behind with four each.

The awards, which are held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate success in 14 categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, cutting edge publishing, and ground breaking initiatives in the industry.

The new Bookstore of the Year Award category represents the breadth and quality of bookshops across the globe, with retailers from Australia, Italy, Estonia and China represented. The Bookseller Adult Trade Publisher Award promises to be a close battle between Actes Sud (France), Laguna Doo (Serbia) and Interlink Publishing (USA). In addition to the 10 international awards (eligible to companies whose main work is outside of UK), there are 4 awards which are open to all countries to enter including the UK.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said, “Now in their third year, the LBF International Excellence Awards are a one-stop showcase for some fantastic innovation and sheer determination to get books and content into the hands of consumers in a variety of classical and creative ways. Just looking at the shortlists makes me want to shout a big three cheers for the global publishing industry and all who work in it!”

2016 Floor Plans With seven connected spaces, Olympia is a venue full of character and charm in an unforgettable setting. The main exhibition takes up the entirety of Olympia Exhibition Centre, the Fair is set over 2 floors with the IRC having separate access and located on level 2 with the conference centre up on level 3. While, Stephen Lotinga, chief executive, The UK Publishers Association, said: “These awards are going from strength to strength and demonstrates that excellence in publishing has no geographic boundary. This shortlist shows how, from the USA to China, Argentina to Turkey via France, New Zealand, Poland and of course the UK, there are no shortages of exciting developments in the book and publishing industry.”

The awards include The Bookstore of the Year Award, The Literary Festival Award, The Publishers Weekly Literary Translation Initiative Award, The SSP Scholarly Kitchen Academic and Professional Publisher Award, The Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award, The Bookseller Adult Trade Publisher Award, The China Publishing & Media Journal Educational Learning Resources Award, The Global Rights 365 Literary Agent Award, The Education Initiatives Award, The Market Focus Achievement Award, The Total Licensing IP Rights Across Media Award, The Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award, The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Award: Publisher, and The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Award: Initiative.

The winners of a number of other Awards will also be presented on the night including: The Quantum Publishing Innovation Award, The Association for Publishing Education (APE) Student Awards, The IPA Freedom to Publish Prize, The LBF Trailblazer Awards and The London Book Fair Simon Master Chairman’s Award.

First Story named The London Book Fair’s Charity of the Year 2016 The London Book Fair has announced that First Story – a charity which believes in changing lives through writing – will be its 2016 Charity of the Year. Founded in 2008, First Story brings some of the most prestigious writers in the UK into secondary schools, particularly in areas of deprivation and disadvantage. They work with pupils to foster creativity and confidence, helping students find their voice through creative writing. As the LBF nominated charity, First Story will exhibit at the Fair and receive extensive marketing support in the lead up to and during the Fair, year-round promotion on The London Book Fair website, and an opportunity to fundraise via a button on the LBF website. Jacks Thomas, director at The London Book Fair, said, “First Story undertakes truly inspirational work, and we are delighted that it will be our Charity of the Year in 2016, when we celebrate our 45th anniversary. Providing a link between young people from all backgrounds and the broader literary community, it plays an important role in encouraging our writers and readers of the future to engage with literature, which can only be a force for good in the larger publishing ecosystem. I hope all our exhibitors and visitors will have time to visit them on their stand.”
Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd

Ankit VijParticipating in LBF: For the first time in the 1993 edition of the fair and every year since then. Titles on display: Eureka series for undergraduates published by Jaypee London, besides 300 new books published by Jaypee India Expectations from the fair: “We are showcasing many society books at LBF and hope to attract some international societies to publish books with us. We have a new product called emedicine 360, where users can buy full books or chapters. We are also hoping to meet a lot of international publishers,” says Ankit Vij.


Bikash D. NiyogiParticipating in LBF: Over the last eight editions of the fair. Titles on display: Around 100 trendy titles. Expectations from the fair: “We expect to meet up with good new authors from London as well as Europe. Our catalogue will consist of 70 percent illustrated nonfiction books and 30 percent fictions,” asserts Bikash D Niyogi.

Goodwill Books International

Rajneesh ChowdhryParticipating in LBF: Since 5 years. “It helps us to find co-edition for our books,” tells Rajneesh Chowdhry. Titles on display: 1500 titles Expectations from the fair: “We sell rights of all our titles and look for co-edition for our books with lot of Asian, European and African countries publishers,” he shares.

Laxmi Publications

Saurabh GuptaParticipating in LBF: Since 2007. “It helps us to interact with lot of new people from overseas,” tells Saurabh Gupta. Titles on display: 500 titles in higher education, children & digital and engineering Expectations from the fair: “We are looking for international tie-ups, e-commerce business, new business venture and development, digital publishing. We are looking for selling rights for higher education, engineering, management, general titles and children series,” he adds.

Macaw Books

Sundeep P KaushhikParticipating in LBF: Since 2007, “It has helped us in a major way to enter the African market. LBF is always very close to Bologna Book Fair. So generally we have the rights deals happening in Bologna and books selling in English language at London. We also offer complete book packaging services to the African publishers for curriculum based books,” tells Sundeep P Kaushhik.

Titles on display: 4000 titles. Expectations from the fair: “To add more clients from African as well as European markets. Our prime reason of going to London is selling books in English language and selling language rights as well. The focus is on Educational Supplements this time”, adds Sundeep.

Art Factory

Sagar JainParticipating in LBF: Since 2015. The fair turned out to be great and we got good business and leads,” says Sagar Jain.
Titles on display: Around 550 titles including children books, puzzles and games. Expectations from the fair: “This is our second time and as a company, London Book fair is very important for us and we are always looking forward to meet new trade visitors & publishers from different parts of the world, so as to spread our business in every direction. We are mostly interested in selling rights,” he adds.

B Jain Publishers Pvt ltd

Nitin JainParticipating in LBF: Since 1987 Titles on display: Almost 2000 titles in Children, Homeopathy, Health, Mind-Body-Spirit Expectations from the fair: “LBF is a branding event for us. We launch more than 200 new titles every year. Also, we expect to generate new leads from different countries here.

We also meet our regular customers and expect to grow our business with them. We are not buying any rights this year, however we would be glad to sell rights of our books in non English language. We would like to sell rights of our Children book as well as some of General books,” tells Nitin Jain.

Academic India Publishers

Amber Raj ChowdhryParticipating in LBF: Since 2012 Titles on display: 800 children books Expectations from the fair: “We are looking for maximum selling of our rights and coedition agreements,” says Amber Raj Chowdhry.

Nova Publishers & Printers Pvt Lt d

Aman ChopraParticipating in LBF: Since last 2 years. “It has helped us in meeting new clients from UK and expanding our presence in that country,” says Aman Chopra.

Titles on display: Approx. 30 in school books. Expectations from the fair: “We are looking at meeting potential clients from Africa,” shares Aman.

Parragon Publishing India

Vineet SharmaParticipating in LBF: Since 2006. “The interaction at the LBF has proved to be very beneficial to us in terms of Parragon making a mark for itself in the Publishing Fraternity. It has also proved to be a good platform to showcase our vast and exciting range of products thereby achieving visibility, generating business and gaining good business partners in the long run. Since the last couple of years LBF has become a platform to sell Rights, Language translations and Coeditions,” tells Vineet Sharma.

Titles on display: New titles and a range of concept titles which we plan to bring out during the year in the category of kids, novelty, reference & Lifestyle and Licensed products Expectations from the fair: “We are looking at strengthening and building of partnerships in all genres. We are now making an effort to get into the business of selling rights specially in the category of Children reference. We see enormous potential in this category and hope to grow the same in the Indian Sub-continent and the Middle East region,” he says.

Dreamland Publications

Ved ChawlaParticipating in LBF: Since last 10 years. “We got good response and huge orders from African and East European markets,” told Ved Chawla.

Titles on Display:1,500 titles including activity books, fairy tales, English Grammar ,etc.

Expectations from the fair: “Majority of book traders visit the LBF, so, we look at sales. We have already fixed up some meetings but we expect some walkin customers as well,’ he says.

Vishv Books

Mudit MohiniParticipating in LBF: Since 2009. “LBF has been a good experience but last year, the footfalls were low,” tells Mudit Mohini. Titles on display: 60-70 series of books Expectations from the fair: “We are looking at sales of right and finished products for Africa, Middle east, Asia and South America market. We don’t buy rights but we do commission authors to add variety to our titles,” she adds.

Anil KumarParticipating in LBF: “This is the first time we are participating in LBF as our company was launched last year,” tells Anil Kumar. Products on display: “We are a portal where we provide digital content to all users, presently we are focusing on higher education. We are targeting all online libraries and digital content would be available at onetenth of physical books,” he says.

Expectations from the fair: “We want to spread awareness about our portal as India is now investing heavily in digital content with the new initiative of the Indian government,” he shares.

Thomson Digital-Services

Vinay SinghParticipating in LBF: Thomson Digital has been attending London Book Fair since past few decades.

Services: Thomson Digital enjoys the distinction of being one of the leading global service providers in India for end-toend Content Creation, Content Processing and Conversion for Publishers Worldwide. Thomson Digital has a rich experience of servicing a diverse range of international publishers for the last forty-seven years.

Expectations from the fair: London Book Fair provides Thomson Digital a perfect platform to meet and engage with customers and prospects, demonstrate our products, talk about our services and meet people in the same and related line of business.

Scientific International Pvt Ltd

Rajan JainParticipating in LBF: For last 5 years since 2011. “I have been going to the LBF for last 10 years and I have seen it growing every year. We have also grown with the fair. We find lot of new customers and have tied up with many UK and international companies. We have both sold and bought rights distribution for Asian and SAARC countries. We have also done so many co-editions as well,” says Rajan Jain.

Titles on display: “We will be launching 40-50 titles at LBF in agriculture, life science and engineering,” told Rajan. Expectations from the fair: “We are focusing on ebooks and will be liasioning with some of the major companies, by giving our books on their portals for sales worldwide. We are also looking at major deals with top international publishers like Taylor & Francis, Pearson and McGraw Hill for selling and buying rights, more in academic science,” he shares.

SK Kataria & Sons

Sanjeev KatariaParticipating in LBF: Since last 4-5 years through CAPEXIL. “There are lot of customers from Africa and Middle East,” says Sanjeev Kataria.

Titles on display: Around 100 titles in engineering Expectations from the fair: “We are expecting good customers at the fair and wish to meet new authors from scientific and medical fields,” he adds.

Random Publications

Atul MehraParticipating in LBF: Since 2012. “We got good response from the Africa and Middle east markets,” says Atul Mehra, Random Publications Titles on display: 1300 books for the agriculture market, management, library science and engineering Expectations from the fair: “We are looking at buying rights and also looking at signing up foreign authors,” he shares.

EDU Hub Publishing Co

Bharat Rai Mediratta(A Unit of Jiwan Books International Pvt Ltd) Participating in LBF: “We are participating for the first time and we are very hopeful as the kind of titles we have picked up from Edu Hub are catering to a mass market, the worldwide audience,” tells Bharat Rai Mediratta.

Titles on display: Majorly children books including picture, colouring and story books. “We are hoping to showcase a few Hindi-English transliteration books targetting the Indian population spread worldwide,” he adds.

Expectations from the fair: “We are looking forward to building new contacts and since the time we have registered at the LBF, we have already been able to build an audience for our profile at the LBF site. We are looking at the African market as well. We are also looking at providing distribution rights services to overseas publishers,” he adds.

Spring Time Software

Chander ShekharParticipating in LBF: “We are participating for the first time,” says Chander Shekhar. Products on display: “We offer softwares for publishing industry for publishers, distributors and booksellers.

Expectations from the fair: “We are looking at customers from Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, AR, Kuwait and Thailand,” he adds.

Focus Medica

PT RajasekharanParticipating in LBF: “I went to the London Book Fair as a visitor in 1984. I have not missed the LBF since then. My company participated as an exhibitor in 2005 and every year since then,” shares PT Rajasekharan. “Being the world’s biggest English exhibition for publishers, the LBF has helped to showcase our titles which are digital, unique and innovative.”

Titles on display: Digital titles in health and medicine Expectations from the fair: “All of our titles are easily translatable into other languages and having been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, Russian, German, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese (apart from Indian languages), received enthusiastic responses. Having established our brand as serious publishers of authentic and accurate animations for education, we hope to find more international partners for distribution, rights and language versions,” he shares.

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