ALDUS – European Book Fairs’ Network

ALDUS (named after Aldo Manuzio) is the European Bock Fairs’ network, primary aimed at fostering transnational mobility of European literary works and book professionals.

Starting points are the presence in the network of the two leading B2B International book-fairs in the world (Frankfurt and Bologna), and the rich variety of national book fairs, open to the public (Rome, Vilnius, Riga, Lisbon and Bucharest book fairs). The former is already the place for professionals to meet at global level, the latter have a big potential to complement this by offering visibility to national book communities at a European level. The partnership will foster targeted mobility between professionals, through visits and joint events, including workshops, training initiatives and fellowship programs.

Book-fairs are traditionally the main events for book professional to foster business opportunities (in particular exchanging translation rights), meet, share experiences and partnering for co-editions, or other initiatives.In this context, the dialogue between publishers is a prerequisite for translations, i.e., for mobility of literary works, which is the primary objective of the project and will be supported by dedicated networking and training activities

In the digital era, Book Fairs are also experiencing change, transforming their format, through focusing and new ways to increase the editorial works mobility, capacity building and helping book professionals to see the opportunities that digital technologies offer to establish new relations with readers. Aldus aims at experimenting with new event formats in these areas, more interactive and engaging. Supporting publishers to experiment new ways of u mg the fairs to engage with their audience is another project objective.

For more details please visit the project website.