ALDUS (named after Aldo Manuzio) is the European Book Fairs’ network , primary aimed at fostering transnational mobility of European literary works and book professionals.
The project will establish a small direct hub and start working to broaden it at a pan- European level. 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 are 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 programmes.
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 on new ways to increase the editorial works mobility, capacity building and helping book professionals to seize 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 using the fairs to engage with their audience is another project objective.
All information elaborated within ALDUS events and initiatives, including training material and in depth resources on the topics of the network (internationalisation, translations, literature promotion, digital innovation) will be made available to the publishing community through the Aldus knowledge hub, an online platform for content and knowledge sharing within the professional book community and for the development of professional and social relations.
Aldus is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe programme; it will run from June 2016 to September 2019. The project is coordinated by AIE (Italian Publishers Association) and involves two leading international book fairs (Frankfurt and Bologna), national fairs (Rome, Vilnius, Riga, Lisbon and Bucharest book fairs) and the European umbrella organisations of authors (EWC – European Writers council) and publishers (FEP – Federation of European Publishers).
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