All-digital Frankfurt Conference kicks off Special Edition book fair week

Under the motto Signals of Hope: New Perspectives for a Stronger Future, Frankfurter Buchmesse’s new all-digital Frankfurt Conference kicks off on 13 October, marking the start to the Special Edition book fair week. Spread over four days and packed solid with professional expertise, the conference programme offers discussions, Q&A sessions, and brief presentations featuring keynote speakers and panellists from around the world.

14 Oct 2020 | By Dibyajyoti Sarma

International publishing and content experts will give insights and discuss current trends, business models and developments in the international publishing landscape, with four separate tracks running from Monday to Thursday (12-15 October) this week, putting a different area of the publishing industry in the spotlight each day between 3-5.30pm CEST.

Amongst other topics, the Frankfurt Conference programme will highlight the challenges to the industry experienced during Covid-19 in 2020, as well as the developments in the audio market, the international rights trade and in academic and scholarly publishing.

The international speakers of Frankfurt Conference include the author Bernardine Evaristo, who was awarded the 2019 Booker Prize; James Daunt, CEO, Barnes & Noble and managing director Waterstones; Jonathan Karp, CEO, Simon & Schuster; Sophie de Closets, CEO Les éditions Fayard; Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO, HarperCollins Publishers India; Jenny Fry, commercial director, Canongate; Jenna Blum and Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling authors and co-founders A Mighty Blaze; Jonas Tellander, CEO and founder Storytel; Magnus Nytell, head of International Expansion, Nextory; Julie MacKay, director of international content scquisition, Scribd; Videl Bar-Kar, global head of audio, Bookwire; Clarissa Pabi, content development manager, Acast; Morten Strunge, co-founder and CEO Podimo; and many more.

Stefanie von Beöczy, project lead, Frankfurt Conference & Professional Programme at Frankfurter Buchmesse, said: “After a challenging year for the whole publishing community, we are delighted that so many industry leaders, from across the globe, have agreed to participate in our online conference programme. We have a really inspiring lineup of speakers who will bring a wide range of knowledge and expertise to the discussions, and I’m looking forward to some lively debates across all our tracks.”

Participation in all Frankfurt Conference events is free of charge. The livestreams will be broadcast on; to access these, registration with My Book Fair at is required.

Via the online tool Slido, conference participants are encouraged to ask questions – the Slido codes will be announced during the events.