The term ‘book fair’ covers a wide range of events, from Frankfurt, the leading international trade show for members of the book industry, which includes multiple discussion forums as well as a vast exhibition space; to fairs such as Kolkata, a remarkable open-air show attended by over two million members of the public, where whole families come to buy books that might not otherwise be available in the local market. In recent years Kolkata has added an element of literary festival by including author events, an addition other fairs have also made. The trade fairs are often open to the public too at certain times, and may like Kolkata include retail sales.

London in the northern hemisphere spring, and Frankfurt in the autumn, are the two principal global trade fairs. Bologna is the most important for children’s publishers, and Shanghai Children’s Book Fair attracts a widening range of international exhibitors and visitors.

The two most significant trade fairs in Asia are Beijing and New Delhi, both of which are also prominent events for the book-buying public. In the Middle East the long-established Cairo fair leads the field together with Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Guadalajara is a fair not just for Mexico but for the whole Central and South America region.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 

Beijing International Book Fair
Beijing, China 

Belgrade International Book Fair
Belgrade, Serbia 

Biennal do Livro de São Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Bologna Children’s Book Fair / Bologna Book Plus
Bologna, Italy 

BookWorld Prague
Prague, Czech Republic 

Bookfest Romania
Bucharest, Romania

Budapest International Book Festival
Budapest, Hungary  

Buenos Aires Book Fair
Buenos Aires, Argentina  

Cairo International Book Fair
Cairo, Egypt  

Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt, Germany

Ghana International Book Fair
Accra, Ghana  

Gothenburg Book Fair
Gothenburg, Sweden  

Guadalajara Book Fair
Guadalajara, Mexico  

Hong Kong International Book Fair
Hong Kong 

Kolkata Book Fair
Kolkata, India  

Latvian Book Fair
Riga, Latvia  

Leipziger Buchmesse
Leipzig, Germany

Liber International Book Fair
Madrid and Barcelona (alternate years), Spain  

London Book Fair
London, UK  

Moscow International Book Fair 
Moscow, Russia

Moscow Non-Fiction Book Fair
Moscow, Russia  

Nairobi International Book Fair
Nairobi, Kenya  

New Delhi World Book Fair
New Delhi, India  

Nigeria International Book Fair
Lagos, Nigeria 

Riyadh International Book Fair
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  

Salon Du Livre
Paris, France  

Salon du Livre de Montréal
Montréal, Canada 

Salone Internazionale del Libro – Torino
Turin, Italy  

Seoul International Book Fair
Seoul, S. Korea  

Shanghai Children’s Book Fair
Shanghai, China  

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sharjah International Book Fair
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  

South African Book Fair
Johannesburg, South Africa  

Taipei International Book Exhibition 
Taipei, Taiwan

Thessaloniki Book Fair
Thessaloniki, Greece

US Book Show (presented by Publishers Weekly)
(online at present)  

Warsaw International Book Fair
Warsaw, Poland