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Seven things we enjoyed at The London Book Fair
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The IPG had a busy three days at Olympia last week. Here are some of the things we liked the most

1 Our busy stand

Around 90 IPG members were part of our collective stand at Olympia—whether occupying a booth, exhibiting books on our shelves, sitting at our meeting tables or simply using it as a base. They made it one of the liveliest and friendliest parts of the fair, from first thing on Tuesday to the close of play on Thursday: a place to find many of the UK’s best independent publishers in one place.

2 Publishing speed-dating

Our LBF programme of meetings with buyers from leading retailers and publishing experts and consultants was as popular as ever. Many members tell us they benefit quickly and directly from these meetings, and we’re grateful to all those who help them from the other side of the meeting table.

3 Meeting members…

The Fair is an excellent opportunity to catch up with members who might not be able to attend conferences or other events. Thank you to all those who called by—it was great to see you!

4 … And welcoming new ones

Our reception desk had a steady flow of enquiries from independent publishers interested in joining the IPG. We were delighted to sign many of them up on the spot, and others have followed since. If you are still wondering whether to join, or met someone at LBF who might be interested in the IPG’s services, head here!

5 The diversity of publishing

As ever, those asking about the IPG were from a remarkable variety of backgrounds and had a huge breadth of subjects in their books. It was a welcome reminder of the multiplicity of publishing—especially in the independent sector.

6 The international elements

That sense of diversity was reinforced by walks around Olympia, where publishers from across Europe and beyond were out in force. Brexit was still on a lot of people’s minds, but there seemed little danger of European collaboration being compromised any time soon.

7 The parties

Brexit and other challenges haven’t dampened fair-goers’ enthusiasm for a good party either—and as ever, ours was one of the busiest. Our biggest ever order of wine and beer was swiftly dispatched, and all we had left afterwards were a couple of cartons of juice and a bottle of water. Our thanks to Printondemand-Worldwide for supporting the event—and for being a super stand partner throughout the fair.

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