Do Rights Professionals Need Bookfairs?

The Frankfurt De-Brief

In Summer 2020 we conducted some research amongst rights professionals about the future of book fairs.  You can read more about it below.

In November we conducted a follow up survey to assess people’s experience of attending the Frankfurt Book Fair virtually and presented our results at the December 2020 Rights2gether meeting.

Click the link below to see a summary of our findings.

Frankfurt Debrief Survey Report

We are delighted to be able to share our exclusive RightsZone original research report Do Rights Professionals Need Bookfairs?

– a pertinent  theme in light of the cancellations of the London,  Bologna and Frankfurt book fairs in 2020.

Gathering data from over 115 respondents across 75 different companies to an online survey, following a timely virtual debate with trade and academic publishers,  the report reveals a detailed picture of the impact that the loss of the Spring fairs had on rights businesses and what rights professionals would like to see book fairs deliver in future.


Do Rights Professionals Need Bookfairs? – What you will learn

Download our original research and understand better the impact of ‘life without bookfairs’, alongside the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report reveals:

  • How rights professionals feel book fair cancellations have impacted their rights business
  • The challenges presented by alternative virtual arrangements and online meetings
  • The changing attitudes of rights professionals to travel
  • The number of respondents worried about the environmental factors of book fairs and their future
  • Insights into how publishers and book fair organisers can make positive changes to ensure that book fairs remain relevant to rights professionals in future
  • The actual percentage of rights professionals who believe bookfairs are needed – the number may surprise you!


About the Authors

Clare Hodder and Ruth Tellis are leading rights consultants with many years’ experience of rights trading.  Under their Rights2 brand they provide practical and straightforward support, advice and training to publishers and industry organisations on all things rights related.  Clare and Ruth run the only networking group specifically aimed at rights professionals – rights2gether and are active participants in a number of publishing industry forums as well as delivering regular guest lectures for students on publishing courses.  They are founding Directors of the RightsZone platform

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Clare Hodder – Rights Consultant

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Ruth Tellis – Rights Consultant

RightsZone is a cloud-based app hosted on the SalesForce platform which has been developed by Rights2Consultants and Ribbonfish, the publishing technology experts.  The app provides a rights management database together with leading CRM technology, elegant workflow tools and flexible analytics to support rights professionals in their day to day work. RightsZone boasts a range of forward-thinking publishers and agencies amongst its community of users including Taylor & Francis, Emerald, Unbound and DKW Literary Agency.  More than just a software application, the RightsZone team works closely with its users as well as the broader community of rights professionals, to keep pace with the challenges rights teams are facing, developing creative ways to support them in growing their businesses.