Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Hof and other news

I am not talking about the guy from Baywatch, but rather the Frankfurter Hof, a hotel here in Frankfurt that has become the spot for agents and publishing people to gather after a hard day of fair-going. Want to pay $15 for a glass of champagne? It sounds steep, but not when you consider that being at the Hof means increasing your overall industry presence, making friends with the influencers, and feeling like one of the cool kids. Deals get made here. Relationships, personal and business, get established. People get drunk. It is a do-not-miss part of the fair.

Admittedly, I still know relatively few people when I walk into the Hof, but I think of it like an endurance sport (we can certainly call book fairs endurance events!) in that it takes patience to improve, but the hard work and the time always pays off in the end. So to all you newcomers and young publishers out there, keep on going to the Hof!

Other News:
The Kindle will not launch in Europe this fall as originally planned, reports the Bookseller. Why? According to the article, negotiating agreements with the many wireless carriers in Europe has delayed the release of the Kindle in Europe.

Motoko Rich was also at the Hof for the Booker announcement.

Richard Charkin blogs about the Frankfurt Book Fair for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The Guardian reports that publishers are finding ways of making the financial crisis work for them.

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