After the Bologna Book Fair was postponed last week due to the coronavirus outbreak, international travel plans have been further disrupted with the news that the Big Five publishers are among a growing list of companies to withdraw some or all staff from the London Book Fair. According to organisers, the fair is still going ahead as planned next week, unless UK health authorities advise against it.
‘While some complain about the expense of such events and inevitably their carbon footprint, the bigger trade fairs … have never felt more vital. You only need to glance at Twitter to see how differently the business can look when viewed from a distance instead of from within.’—The Bookseller editorPhilip Jones argues that, despite disruptions, publishing remains a business ‘best done close-up’.
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