The London Book Fair 2016 did not disappoint. I have attended many LBF’s and it has always been one of my favorite shows. Everyone comes to London focused, meeting calendars packed and ready to conduct business. The mood was upbeat and this year was even busier than in years past. LBF 2016 welcomed 25,000 attendees from 124 countries, all eager to buy, sell, promote, and partner.
Having moved from Earls Court in 2015, the new 42,000 square foot exhibit hall, Olympia Kensington, is light and airy with a beautiful glass domed ceiling. I was there to visit with customers and acquire new publishers and partners for ODILO, a global distributor of digital content of all types to libraries, schools, corporations and the leisure market. Three days of back to back meetings with our client publishers and distribution partners and many new academic, children’s and foreign language publishers to provide coverage for our different market segments.
Eager to find new distribution channels and partners, publishers and distributors, I came away with a lot of exciting opportunities that I look forward to making available to our customers in the next few months. It is a really good place to learn and gain insights about the publishing industry, new publishers, and imprints, as well as gauge how well the self-publishing industry is doing. It was a great fair and definitely worth the trip for ODILO as we look to expand our reach into some emerging markets. All in all, it was important to be there and get the word out about our innovative company. Look for some great new publishing partners coming to ODILO soon!
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