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The publishing industry is gathering at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair Wednesday, October 9, through Sunday, October 13, to discover new trends and opportunities. The Frankfurt Book Fair introduces ideas, topics and trends that are transforming the industry with plenty of events featuring new titles, new technology, and new data, making attendance at Frankfurt a must for all those interested in shaping the future of the media.

As an information and innovation leader, ProQuest places an emphasis on its presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Many of our senior leadership members are attending the fair and the crowd at Frankfurt will be learning about exciting new products and partnerships that we are announcing.

One of ProQuest’s most sensational launches is the addition of the Trench Journals, a landmark database offering unparalleled access to rare and unique sources on the common experiences of First World War servicemen and women. Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War contains over 1,500 magazines written and illustrated by every type of military unit. These were intended for distribution only to the members of that unit. Previously inaccessible, these publications open up new possibilities for scholars around the globe and are an exciting new addition to ProQuest’s unique historical collections. Click here to read the full press release.

Catering to all types of researchers, ProQuest offers something for everyone. If fashion is what interests you, you will be as thrilled as we are that ProQuest has joined forces with Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM) to support research into the business of fashion by creating the first-ever digital archive of one of the industry’s most revered titles -- Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). Until now, researchers have had to search historical issues manually in libraries that hold the collection. With the addition of the print run of the magazine’s content (1910-present) now accessible on ProQuest’s academic research platform, researchers can electronically search the entire WWD archive. Access the full press release here.

Additional new partnerships worth mentioning: Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, revealed it will work with three key international publishers, Minha Biblioteca, Universitetsforlaget AS and Boom uitgevers Den Haag, to index their content in the Summon discovery service. Researchers around the world will benefit from the ability to discover this international scholarly academic content alongside their library’s other resources. Learn more about these international publishers by reading the full press release here.

ProQuest’s presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair would not be complete without a message from affiliate company Bowker, which has released a new analysis of U.S. ISBN data. This examination of ISBNs from 2012 shows that the number of self-published titles last year jumped to more than 391,000, up 59% over 2011, and 422% percent over 2007. Ebooks continue to gain ground on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11 percent in 2007.  Click here to read the full press release.

09 Oct 2013 | Posted by Shannon Janeczek

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