Digital or print? Download The London Book Fair app (14-16 March) to help you plan your visit in advance.

Digital or print? Which tickles your fancy? Some 25,000 authors, agents and publishers from 124 countries are expected to attend this year’s London Book Fair (LBF). It runs from 14th -16th March 2017, a month earlier than normal this year and is hosted at Olympia Exhibition Centre.

These are interesting days for the publishing industry. Downloads of electronic books are in decline for many traditional publishers and yet, the self-published e-books are on the rise. Expect lively conversations at this year’s London Book Fair as industry leaders talk publishing trends and best practices. There will be presentations on apps, platforms and innovations in metadata and distribution at the Tech Theatre while agents and publishers will be jostling to buy and sell foreign rights in the International Rights Centre.

Running alongside the industry-facing London Book Fair which is like a business trade show, will be the audience-facing London Book and Screen Week. This will have events that celebrate books and the films, games, plays and TV programmes they inspire. According to LBF’s team, Britain is ‘in the grip of hygge fever’ so Waterstones Piccadilly will offer Scandinavian crime films and talks from hygge expert authors Signe Johansen, Bronte Aurell, Louisa Thomsen Brits and Trine Hahnemann. Other highlights include a Harry Potter film screening with themed cocktails at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, three events staged by the Irish Literary Society at Bloomsbury Hotel and author, Roddy Doyle talking about his novel, The Commitments, three decades after its publication.

Download the LBF App to help you plan your visit in advance using the interactive 3D map, social feed and what’s on guide. Log into the app and complete your profile enabling you to search, message and connect with other participants at LBF.

March 2017