Year round, the account managers at AbeBooks attend various book fairs worldwide. We also organize bookseller meetings and seminars, giving us the chance to meet personally with some of our booksellers. This is also a good opportunity to gather any feedback or suggestions, in order to keep improving the service provided on AbeBooks.
Here a short overview of the fairs and events attended in in the past year:
Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair – Held in the fall each year, this is an ILAB organised book fair held in the neighbourhood of Chelsea at the Chelsea Old Town Hall. There are usually around 75 booksellers exhibiting, many of whom are listing on AbeBooks. https://www.chelseabookfair.com/
London International Antiquarian Book Fair – Held in the spring each year, this is the larger ILAB fair held at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in Kensington. This fair generally includes up to 170 exhibitors from around the world. The 2012 fair was held at a new venue, the National Hall, in the Olympia Exhibition centre which allowed it to invite even more exhibitors than before. Over 500 visitors attended this year’s fair. https://www.olympiabookfair.com/
Bookseller Meetings - Each year, AbeBooks tries to organise 1-2 bookseller events in London. In previous years, events have been held in Bath, Oxford and other large cities as well. All booksellers are invited to attend where new services and features are announced, bookselling tips are provided, and questions and suggestions can be discussed in a casual format.
Antiquaria Ludwigsburg - The book fair takes place in the very beautiful Music Hall in Ludwigsburg. There are about 50 exhibitors, mostly from Germany but also a few from Austria, Switzerland or France.
Stuttgarter Antiquariatsmesse - This fair is organized by the ILAB and is includes only ILAB members. It’s at the same time as the fair in Ludwigsburg. About 80 international exhibitors attend this fair and offer their unique books to bibliophiles.
Leipziger Antiquariatsmesse - This fair is included in the Leipzig Book Fair. This year there were around 60 exhibitors.
Frankfurter Antiquariatsmesse - This Fair takes place within the Frankfurt Book Fair. Last year around 50 exhibitors attended. AbeBooks and ZVAB celebrated an event to announce to the bookseller community the acquisition of ZVAB.
Salon du livre ancien de Paris (https://www.salondulivreancienparis.fr/) - This is the largest ILAB bookfair in France, organized by the SLAM (French section of the ILAB) held in the prestigious Grand Palais, in Paris. With 130 exhibitors, this is the main event of the year for R&A books collectors.
Marché de la bibliophilie, Place Saint Sulpice (https://www.gippe.org/) - The yearly fair organized by the GIPPE, the seller association which also holds the weekly book market in the Parc Georges Brassens, in Paris.
Salon du livre et papiers anciens (https://www.joel-garcia-organisation.fr/) - Rare and Antiquarian Frair taking place twice a year in Champerret, Paris. 120 exhibitors.
Salon du livre de Paris (https://www.salondulivreparis.com/) - The main new bookfair taking place Place de Versailles, in Paris.
Bookseller meeting – Once a year, AbeBooks organizes a bookseller meeting in Paris, sometimes bound to an book-related event (for example: visit of the National Library) to present the last results, the upcoming project and discuss ideas and suggestions with sellers.
Feria del libro antiguo y de ocasión en Madrid – IberLibro is a collaborator of this Fair, organized by the Asociación de Libreros de Lance de Madrid. This fair takes place between the end of April and beginning of May. Usually there are between 41-46 exhibitors. https://www.feriadeprimavera.com/
Salón del Libro Antiguo – IberLibro collaborates with the Gremio Madrileño de libreros de viejo. This is an antiquarian fair which usually takes place at the end of November. The fair is opened for 4 days and around 36 exhibitors from different places of the world participate. https://www.librerosmatritenses.com/salon/
Feria de Otoño del Libro Viejo y Antiguo de Madrid – This event takes place in Madrid during the Fall. It is organized by the Libris Association and this is going to be the second year IberLibro collaborates with the organizers. https://libris.es/
Bookseller meetings –IberLibro organizes bookseller meetings in Madrid and Barcelona. The goal is to be in direct contact with the bookseller community and get direct feedback and suggestions.
Mostra del LIbro Antico – Milan. This fair takes place around the 16-18 March in Milan each year. It is a national and international ILAB Book fair and is the most relevant fair in Italy with around 50 participants.
Bookseller RoadShow Milan – Last year AbeBooks organized a bookseller event on the 1st of October. It was a good occasion to discuss AbeBooks’ current and new features, giving room to booksellers to ask questions, and to have a personal contact with the bookseller community.