LIBER, the International Book Fair, will be back in Madrid from 4 to 6 October 2017 to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Organised by IFEMA and promoted by the Spanish Federation of Publishers' Associations (FGEE, per its Spanish initials), this event will be the largest international gathering for books in Spanish, providing plenty of business opportunities for the big publishing firms.
As the largest showcase for books in the Spanish language and the main hub for business and professional exchanges in this industry, LIBER is open to all book-related sectors, with a special focus on digital content, new publishers, self-publishing and copyrights.
Therefore, following the success seen in previous editions, LIBER will once again be promoting the Digital Zone, an area dedicated to new trends and innovations in the field of publishing, as well as the Author's Zone, where independent authors will be able to broaden their knowledge of the advantages of self-publishing and the tools and services available to them. The event will also bring back the Liber Micro initiative to help and encourage small publishers, entrepreneurs and start-ups to take part in the Fair and get in touch with buyers and visitors more easily and affordably.
The Fair will also become the best platform for introducing books in Spanish to new international markets by fostering business meetings and inverse trade missions. Roughly 600 professionals from 80 countries will be invited to LIBER 2017 to promote trade relationships among the publishing companies taking part and to make the publications presented at the Fair better known. With this in mind, IFEMA will be welcoming mostly bookkeepers, distributors and librarians, as well as publishers with opinion leadership, decision-making capacity and/or purchasing power in relation to Spanish books.
Alongside the offerings from the major publishing houses, LIBER will also be hosting an interesting parallel programme of professional activities, bringing together personalities from the publishing sector and providing an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences on the most topical issues.
LIBER 2017 is sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, ICEX, the Community of Madrid, Madrid City Council and Cedro, in collaboration with the Association of Publishers of Madrid and AC/E.