Not at all comparably to the big events like the one in Frankfurt, or even more so the holy grail of all book fairs, the Book Expo America, I ended up being far from impressed. The book fair was small, with one big bookstore at the end, and lots of booths where you could subscribe to newspapers or magazines. In between were various publishers, featuring only few books and bored faces, and then I also saw two of those publishing houses that make you pay for getting your book published with them. Their booths were pretty big which made me wonder how much those poor authors had to pay for the honor of being published. To make matters even worse, I am too much interested in authors from the UK and the US, to be thrilled about interviews and readings by Austrian and German authors. Shame on me, I know!
All in all, I am glad I won my tickets and didn't have to pay for the privilege to visit the book fair!
In all my disappointment I didn't snap many photos, but here are a few to prove I was actually there, ha!
Yep, that's my smallish loot! The official Vienna Book Fair magazine, a couple of bookmarks, and matches. I didn't buy anything. Hard to believe, but so very true.