Mike Winter writes \"The Frankfurt Book Fair, billed as the world\'s largest event of its kind, is held annually in October. I had trouble gauging its size, so I asked a colleague who also attended this year, and he volunteered the following: take the ALA annual summer meeting and multiply by four or five to give a rough idea of how big the event actually is. Press releases say that there are about 300,000 titles on display (no buying or selling is allowed, although on the last day Fair officials tend to look the other way as exhibitors sell some materials on the side)and over 260,000 visitors. Publishers come from everywhere in the world. Rumor has it that more book contracts are signed here in the seven days of the Fair than anywhere else, and there are so many celebrity authors that it makes the ALA conference look like a convention of vanity presses held in the parking lot of a mom-and-pop motel. Statistics, official photos, and background info and be found at frankfurt-book-fair.com \"