Dear all!

 We are happy to announce that Orymu Graphic Arts will attend the Frankfurt book fair the 10th and 11th    October 2012.  (The world’s largest trade fair for books).

This will be a great opportunity to get to know the publishing arena worldwide!

A little bit of the fair history:

The first book fair was held in Frankfurt not many years after the first book came off of Gutenberg´s press in Mainz close to Frankfurt, around 1440. References to the Frankfurter Messe date back to 1150. According to some sources, book trade fairs have been held in Frankfurt since 1478 and have long been of international importance. In his book, The History of the Frankfurt Book Fair, author Peter Weidhaas (a former director of the fair, from 1975 – 2000), writes that King Henry VIII sent Sir Thomas Bodley as his personal emissary to the Frankfurt Book Fair to purchase books for the new library at Oxford University.

Representatives from book publishing and multimedia companies from all over the world come to the Frankfurt Book Fair in order to negotiate international publishing rights and licensing fees. For five days more than 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and more than 286,000 visitors take part. The Frankfurt Book Fair is considered to be the most important book fair in the world for international deals and trading!

The Frankfurt Book Fair has a tradition that spans over more than 500 years. Until the end of the 17th century, it was the most important book fair in Europe.

It  is a critical marketing event for the launching of books. In 2006, more than 11,000 journalists from 66 countries reported on the fair which brought together 7,272 individual exhibitors from 113 countries, and more than 183,000 trade visitors. In 2009, there were 7,314 individual exhibitors from some 100 countries, presenting over 400,000 books. Some 300,000 visitors attended the fair.

Since 1976, a guest of honour, or a focus of interest is named for the fair. A special exhibition hall is set up for the guest country, and the major publishing houses are present at the fair.

The guest of honour for this year 2012 is NEW ZEALAND.

The Guest of Honour in 2009 was China, stirring a controversy about the country’s record on human rights.

 Some other choices aroused criticism and controversy. The 2007 fair attracted criticism from both the Spanish and German media. German news magazine Der Spiegel described it as “closed-minded” for its policy of not including the many Catalans who write in Spanish in its definition of Catalan literature. The decision to exclude any element of “Spanishness”, defined as literature exclusively done in Spanish, from the fair was made in spite of the fact that the Spanish government contributed more than 6 million Euros towards the cost of the fair.

   A few dates…: 
   
1150 First official mention of the Frankfurt fair (Autumn fair).
   
1157 A royal certificate historically substantiates the existence of the Frankfurt fair.
   
1240 Frederick II guarantees visitors of the Frankfurt fair safe passage to and from Frankfurt.This marks the beginning of Frankfurt´s tradition as an international trade fair centre.One year later, official tax documentation specifies Frankfurt as the German Empire´s Most profitable city.
1157  A royal certificate historically substantiates the existence of the Frankfurt fair 
   
1157 A royal certificate historically substantiates the existence of the Frankfurt fair.
 1478  Book merchants make their first appearance at the Frankfurt fair. In the decades to come, Frankfurt´sReputation and standing as Germany´s premier centre of trade continues to grow. Thousands flock to the annual fairs to sell and buy expensive consumer goods such as books, weaponry, fabrics,Herbs and spices; the first cashless payments are transacted.
   
1993 The European Monetary Institute (EMI) is established in Frankfurt.
   

Important people born in Frankfurt:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Erich Fromm, Anne Frank and Prinzessin Nataly von Preussen are some of them!

 Hope you enjoyed this quick review!

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