The Bertram Group, one of two major U.K. book wholesalers, has gone bankrupt. Asset sales have been agreed to, and the majority of its employees have been let go.
The Frankfurt Book Fair updated exhibitors on changes, which includes getting free additional booth space, the option to reserve a co-working space, or cancel with a full refund before August 15.
Penguin Random House is the last of the Big Five American trade publishers to announce they will not attend this year's Frankfurt Book Fair.
The Frankfurt Book Fair has launched Pitch Your CIP, a new Facebook-based community to connect rights holders and facilitate books-to-film pitches and other intellectual property exchanges.
Hachette Livre and Bloomsbury Publishing are the latest publishers to announce they won't be sending employees to the Frankfurt Book Fair this year.
Liberal Publishing House, a clandestine publisher founded last year by dissidents to challenge the authority of the government of Vietnam, has been awarded the 2020 Prix Voltaire from the International Publishers Association.
S&S, Macmillan, and HarperCollins confirmed that they will not be sending U.S. staff to this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. All said they are open to participating in digital or virtual events.
Norton has named John Donovan managing director of its U.K. operations as the company integrates its international sales operations into a single group.
The Frankfurt Book Fair will be limited to 20,000 fairgoers at any one time to ensure safety, said book fair director Juergen Boos. Meanwhile, Random House, Holtzbrinck, and Bonnier have announced that they won't exhibit, but will take part in other events.
The German state of Hessen gave the Frankfurt Book Fair permission to go ahead. The fair, scheduled for October 14-18, will be significantly smaller to maintain social distancing. Many events are moving online.