Has digital debunked the book fair?

With the pandemic closing down major events in the publishing industry, the virtual book fair offers advantages and challenges.
Several customers browse a table of books

‘Ask anyone who trades the international rights to books to name the most important days in the rights calendar and, despite technological developments creating a more connected world than ever before, they’ll say the Frankfurt Book Fair,’ says Airlie Lawson.

Having been doing it for twenty years, Lawson is well positioned to take a look at how the virtual book fair has altered the landscape of trading rights – and what that might mean for Australian authors and publishers in a post pandemic market.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina