Our very own Tim Machier (Head of Business Development and Coordination Int) represented BookRix this year and took the time to answer my questions about his experience at the event.
Everyone is different. To you, what was your favorite part of the fair?
My favorite part [of the fair] was two things: The host country Iceland with its beautiful hall and booths. In addition, all the book people from all over the world. It was so nice to meet and network with everyone.
As you said, people travel from all over to attend this annual event. Tell us about the people you met.
I met a lot of people from the US and of course from Germany. It was a pleasure to talk to our BookRix Users who visited our Booth. There were famous authors like Jussi Adler Olsen, Charlotte Roche or Reinhold Messner who was the first guy in the world to climb Mount Everest. Last but not least, I met a lot of friends who also work in the publishing industry (Online and traditional of course).
Sounds awesome! How did people react to BookRix? What was the overall feel?
Well here in Germany the digitalization of books is not as advanced as it is in the USA. The Market is on the move and therefore a lot of “traditional” publishers and people feel that eBooks are dangerous for printed books. But overall most of them predict that eBooks and companies like BookRix will dominate the market in the next few years. Besides that we received a lot of positive feedback from authors, writers and readers concerning our upcoming author services in Germany and USA.
What we’re some of the highlights? (speakers, guest appearances, book signings, etc)
For me, the highlights were hearing from the producer of Harry Potter, Roland Emmerich (Director of 2012 etc.), who attended the publishing conference this year. Besides that, there were a lot of German TV-Stars and famous authors visited the book fair for book signings or interviews.