Frankfurt Book Fair Takes Over Vendors Attempts to segregate printers from publishers at the Frankfurt International Book Fair broke down with the 41st event, which attracted a record 8189 exhibitors last October. The Book Print Fair, organized by the PAMS Group in London, failed to grow, losing as many exhibitors as it gained. IT was clear that the PAMS Fair had difficulty attracting visitors to Hall 6.3.
PAMS's managing director, Ken Johnson, complained that Frankfurt organizers had failed to limit participation elsewhere on the fairgrounds to publishers and book distributors, as they claimed they would do. Printers preferred to be in Hall 4, where the action was, and that was where most of them were located, not in Hall 6.3, where the PAMS Book Print Fair exhibit was situated.
Now, however, like it or not, under a new plan by the Frankfurt Book Fair
itself (not the PAMS Group), these vendors will be grouped together. The Fair has decided to devote an entire floor of the 1990 show to a new group of exhibitors. The new section has been named Book Trade Services and Suppliers, and will be located in Hall 6.2.
The decision to implement this new section at the 1990 Fair represents what the Fair management terms "a natural enlargement" of its role as information source for international publishing, and is said to reflect recent developments. …