Friday, 20 April 2012

Sunpenny at the London Book Fair 2012

For most of this week, the Sunpenny office was very quiet.....
We were visiting the London Book Fair, which was held in Earl's Court from 16th-18th April! 

It was the first time that myself, our Sales Manager Richard Boundy, new Marketing Co-ordinator Louise Kilburn and Editorial Assistant Kirsty Gurney had attended the fair so we were all  excited about representing Sunpenny at the event.

London Book Fair is now in its 41st year of running and is an international event where over 1,500 publishing houses exhibit and over 24,500 publishing professionals meet together.

Arriving at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre
Each of us very much enjoyed meeting with people who love working with and publishing books as much as us and sharing titles from each of our imprints with others. Despite the huge numbers of visitors, meetings and vast floor of exhibitors there, the atmosphere remained friendly with a constant buzz of chatter. 

It was great to meet many authors and other people in the publishing sphere on Twitter at the Tweet Up that was organised by Publishing Talk in the Children's Innovation Zone too. You can find some of the photos taken at the event here.

The Love Learning Seminars  relating to the publishing industry that several of us attended were really thought provoking and the increasing importance of the digital potential for books with e-books in the spotlight was highlighted at this year's event especially the Digital Minds Conference taking place the weekend before. It was interesting to notice the frequent use of live discussion on Twitter through a hashtag on Ipads and other similar devices during the seminars!

Here are some photos that we took inside Earl's Court:

Up the aisle of the exhibits floor.
The Penguin exhibit.
Bloomsbury Books was one of the many publishing houses
whose exhibits we visited.
This display was by a Romanian publishing house.
Another view of the 'suspended books' exhibit.

This year's market focus was China as seen in the board and there were
over 100 Chinese publishers exhibiting. Over the 3 days, there were several demonstrations
against censorship in China.

London Book Fair 2012 was an inspiring event that brings the publishing industry together and we certainly hope to attend again!

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