Let’s have a climate-friendly, pandemic-proof book fair in Europe in 2021

As London Book Fair joins Paris and Leipzig in cancelling its annual March shindig, it’s clear that the days of the greenhouse gas book fair are over, so let’s see this as the opportunity to create a new kind of publishing gathering.

What about taking all the energy and enthusiasm and using it to create a new kind of European publishing meeting in the digital space?  At last, here is a chance to show how publishing can use the opportunities presented by e-creation and e-commerce not just to add to the older models of publishing, but to develop a new meeting ground for publishers from throughout Europe and the world.

Are publishers and other book professionals ready to rise to this challenge? I hope so, for the sake of publishing and for the future of the world in this time of climate emergency.