Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Booksellers on learning trip to the Netherlands
Booksellers from around the world gathered between 11 and 14 June 2008 in Amsterdam to attend the joint annual conference of the European and the International Booksellers Association.
Under the theme of “From Basic to Virtual Bookselling”, the conference addressed the challenges the book trade is currently facing and the need for booksellers to adapt to changing business models and increased digitization. Some of the seminars and working sessions took place at the Centraal Boekhuis, a book distribution facility jointly run by booksellers and publishers, which stocks around 40 million books and also provides its customers with a whole range of ancillary information and logistic and financial services.
The conference participants were also visibly impressed by the focused campaigns of the Dutch Foundation for the collective promotion of the book trade (CPNB) and in general by the efficiency and the good cooperation between all the partners in the Dutch book trade chain.