The Co-op recently attended the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade fair for the industry. Held over five days in October, the event saw more than 270,000 visitors plus 9,000 media professionals come together for an action-packed week. Amelia Prociv, the Co-op’s National Merchandise Manager, attended the event this year. Here, she shares her highlights:
It was great to be able to meet with academic publishers from the US, Europe and the UK, and catch up on the state of business around the world. There’s no denying that some halls were quieter than usual, however the main courtyard and German halls were as crazy as always, especially on the Public Days! The publishers we spoke to felt that the industry’s key players were still attending, and the meetings that were held were definitely worthwhile and productive.
More and more each year, digital education is a strong focus of the Fair and the halls were certainly brimming with options from all around the world. The Hot Zones around the halls were buzzing with presentations and talks on digital platforms and products across all tiers of education and publishing in general. Judging by the well-attended sessions, it is obvious the publishing world is sitting up and taking notice now more than ever.
I was excited to be able to present the Co-op’s new Digital Student Network to a number of international academic publishers, and the feedback from all was extremely positive. This only helps to boost our enthusiasm and excitement at the Co-op about launching our revolutionary new learning platform.
It is the first truly publisher-agnostic digital platform aimed at tertiary students, and there will be a great range of both trade and academic content ready to go in time for Semester 1 2015. Not only does it have Australia’s widest range of academic eBooks, it provides students and teachers the chance to network around their learning resources. At the Co-op, we strongly believe the Co-op Student Network will revolutionise the landscape of digital learning resources, bringing the content of educational publishers to more students, teachers and academics than ever before. Receiving such fantastic feedback from key international figures in the academic publishing world only bolstered our confidence in it.