Leipzig Book Fair
The Leipzig Book Fair is the second largest book fair in Germany
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 after the Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world's largest trade fair for books, based on the number of publishing companies represented. As to the number of visitors, the Turin Book Fair attracts about as many visitors, viz. some 300,000....

. The fair takes place annually over four days at the Leipzig Trade Fair
Leipzig Trade Fair
The Leipzig Trade Fair was a major fair for trade across Central Europe for nearly a millennium. After the Second World War, its location happened to lie within the borders of East Germany, whereupon it became one of the most important trade fairs of Comecon and was traditionally a meeting place...

ground in the northern part of Leipzig
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, Saxony
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. It is the first large trade meeting of the year and as such it plays an important role in the market and is often where new publications are first presented.


The Leipzig Book Fair became the largest book fair in Germany in 1632 when it topped the fair in Frankfurt am Main in the number of books presented. It remained on top until 1945 when Frankfurt surpassed it to regain the number one spot. During the GDR era the fair remained an important meeting place for book lovers and sellers from both East and West Germany. After unification
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, the fair moved from the Trade Fair House on the main market square to a new location removed from the city center. After the move, the fair experienced a renaissance and continues to grow today.


Today, the fair aims to be for the public, above all, and to emphasize the relationship between the authors and the fair's visitors. The new orientation is necessary to compete with Frankfurt Book Fair, which sees a much larger volume of industry trading. During the four-day fair Leipzig hosts over 1,800 events both in the city and at the fairgrounds, making it one of the largest events of its kind in Europe
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. The Leipzig Fair was one of the first to recognize the growing market for audiobooks and incorporate this trend into its concept.


The fair is the site of the presentation of several important German book prizes: The Leipzig Book Fair Prize
Leipzig Book Fair Prize
The Leipzig Book Fair Prize is awarded annually during the Leipzig Book Fair to outstanding newly released literary works in the categories "Fiction", "Non-fiction" and "Translation"...

 (2002-2004 the German Book Prize), and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. The fair also sees the nominations for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
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(German Youth Literature Prize).


In 2010 the fair experienced record attendance, registering 156,000 visitors and 2071 publishers from 39 countries.

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