- Title: GERMANY: WORLD'S LARGEST INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR OPENS
- Date: 9th October 2003
- Summary: (U4) FRANKFURT, GERMANY (OCTOBER 8, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. SLV POSTER ADVERTISING FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR NEXT TO FRANKFURT FAIR TOWER 2. POSTER READING "GUEST COUNTRY RUSSIA" 3. VISITORS WALKING PAST STALLS AT BOOK FAIR 4. WIDE OF STALLS 5. VISITORS WALKING IN AISLE 6. WIDE OF RUSSIA STAND, THIS YEAR'S GUEST COUNTRY 7. BOOK COVER SHOWING RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN AND GERMAN CHANCELLOR GERHARD SCHROEDER 8. RUSSIAN BOOKS ON DISPLAY 9. VLADIMIR NABOKOVS "LOLITA" ON DISPLAY 10. VLADIMIR SOROKIN BOOK ON DISPLAY 11. OTHER BOOKS ON DISPLAY 12. RUSSIAN BOOKS ON DISPLAY 13. WORLD'S SMALLEST BOOK ON DISPLAY 14. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS CERTIFICATE 15. WOMEN LOOKING AT BOOKS ON DISPLAY 16. GERMAN LANGUAGE RUSSIAN BOOK ON DISPLAY 17. (SOUNDBITE) (German) HOLGER EHLING, FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR SPOKESMAN SAYING "People will always be reading. If you look at research on Germans' reading habits you will find out there has been only a marginal change, although books received competition from CDs, computer games and so on". 18. BOOK STAND 19. (SOUNDBITE) (German) HOLGER EHLING, FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR SPOKESMAN, SAYING "You have to set standards for fairs and create events which are interesting for the general public, yet which signal to publishers what is possible and to make products and books interesting." 20. HARRY POTTER BOOK ON DISPLAY 21. SUSAN SONTAG BOOKS ON DISPLAY 22. MADONNA'S BOOK "THE ENGLISH ROSES" 23. PEOPLE WALKING PAST 24. BOOKS BY WINNER OF 2003 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE JOHN MAXWELL COETZEE ON DISPLAY 25. CLOSE-UP OF COETZEE'S BOOKS 2.39 26. PEOPLE REMOVING BOOKS FROM SHELVES 2.46 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 24th October 2003 13:00
- Location: FRANKFURT, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA1FUPI1IY5QLME86Q41E2GOL29
- Story Text: The world's largest international book fair has
opened in Frankfurt with more than 6,600 exhibitors taking
part from 104 countries.
The world's largest annual bookfair opened on Wednesday
(October 8) with over 6,600 exhibitors from 104 countries with
Russia holding the honour of 'guest country'.
The 55th Frankfurt Book Fair, which accounts for 80
percent of the world's rights deals every year, offers
publishers the perfect forum to go in search of that
This year's hopeful could be South African writer John
Maxwell Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for
More than 1,000 authors are descending this year with
stars billed to appear ranging from British thriller writer
Frederick Forsyth to Brazil's Paulo Coelho, author of the
multimillion-seller book The Alchemist.
Holger Ehling, spokesman for the Frankfurt Book Fair,
told Reuters Television that "people will always be
"If you look at research on Germans reading habits you
will find out there has been only a marginal change,
although books received competition from CDs, computer
games and so on," Ehling said.
Despite the cautious global optimism, forecasts for the
German book industry have been revised downwards and the
industry now expects sales to fall two percent this year.
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