Coronavirus Fears Cancel London Book Fair

In a tweet earlier this morning, Reed Exhibitions announced that they would not be holding the London Book Fair this year, due to fears of the notorious virus. The annual event, which boasts around 25,000 exhibitors and visitors per year, will be sorely missed by both vendors and patrons.     Originally scheduled to take place between March 10 and 12 in Olympia, many big publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Amazon had already withdrawn due to travel bans and overall concern for employee health. Many were concerned that Reed hadn’t canceled the event sooner, despite the financial reprimands …

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In a tweet earlier this morning, Reed Exhibitions announced that they would not be holding the London Book Fair this year, due to fears of the notorious virus. The annual event, which boasts around 25,000 exhibitors and visitors per year, will be sorely missed by both vendors and patrons.

 

 

Originally scheduled to take place between March 10 and 12 in Olympia, many big publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Amazon had already withdrawn due to travel bans and overall concern for employee health. Many were concerned that Reed hadn’t canceled the event sooner, despite the financial reprimands they would face as a company.

image via FDA

As Reed reassures in a quote: “We have been following UK government guidelines and working with the rolling advice from the public health authorities and other organizations, and so it is with reluctance that we have taken the decision not to go ahead with this year’s event.”

 

 

It is still unclear whether prospective patrons will receive a refund, despite their cries to event organizers via tweets. The company claims that the event will return in full force for 2021, though they may face backlash from publishers and fans over the untimely decision this year.

 

featured image via London book fair

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