Since 1971 when a librarian's trade show called the "The Specialist Publishers Exhibition for Librarians" (SPEX) started as a tabletop affair in the basement of The Berners Hotel, "The London Book Fair" has grown in size and importance over the years and it is now considered as "a mecca" for European publishers, booksellers, rights agents and media trendspotters.
More than 25,000 publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians, media and industry suppliers from over 100 countries now attend the fair.
From a book fair to a content market place, this event has become a global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Creative industries like Gaming and APPs were represented across The London Book Fair education programme.
This year the market focus was Mexico, a country with a dynamic publishing industry and a long literary tradition.
One of the highlight´s was Brian May. The QUEEN legend was at the fair and held a press conference, which included projecting a selection of images from The London Stereoscopic Company books in full 3-D on screen. An innovative 3D publishing concept: http://www.londonstereo.com