The London Book Fair moves online for 2021

London Book Fair

The London Book Fair 2021 will go ahead as a digital only event, creating opportunities for the publishing industry to meet online, following the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s hoped the in-person format will return next year, to its usual Spring dates of 5th – 7th April 2022.

The Online Book Fair will bookend the month of June, with conferences taking place the week of the 7th, and a further series of flagship digital events running at the end of June. The focus will be to shine a spotlight on key areas of the fair, creating the opportunity for a larger global audience than ever before to come together in a flexible way to do business, network, learn, and share ideas.

London Book Fair

More information on the digital event will be released in coming weeks, including options for exhibitors and visitors, as well as details around the content programme, which will address themes relevant to publishers, booksellers, authors, the rights community and more.

“It is with sadness that we postpone the in-person London Book Fair for 2021,” commented Andy Ventris, Director at The London Book Fair. “Over the last few months, we have explored every scenario for this year’s fair with our exhibitors, stakeholders and Advisory Board.

“Given the complex challenges and constraints of the global pandemic, we wanted to give as much notice as possible to exhibitors and attendees while making the best possible decision for the publishing industry.

“With the continued uncertainty around international travel and vaccination rollouts, it has become apparent that an in-person fair for 2021 would not be able to offer the full value to participants that we want to deliver.

“We are deeply committed to delivering a digital event in June that offers real value and flexibility, and to broaden the reach of the fair to the widest possible international audience. The Online Book Fair will provide the industry with a dynamic digital programme packed with content and opportunities to make new connections.

“We want to do whatever we can to support the international publishing trade as we transition to a post-pandemic environment and The Online Book Fair will allow us to that this year, but we look forward to celebrating the resilience and creativity of our industry with you all in-person at the 2022 fair in London.”

Visitors will be able to access The Online Book Fair free of charge. The LBF team are now contacting exhibitors to discuss their exact requirements and the opportunities across The Online Book Fair.

London Book Fair web site: londonbookfair.co.uk

• Registration will open for visitors in coming weeks; attendees can register interest here

Check out more information about the London Book Fair at hub.londonbookfair.co.uk

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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