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Attendance up slightly at Frankfurt Book Fair as public arrives

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Frankfurt (dpa) - The Frankfurt Book Fair moved into high gear Saturday with its doors opening to the general public after three trade-only days where attendance was up 3 per cent from a year ago.

During the trade days, world publishers negotiate on translation and other rights to books. Export and domestic sales to booksellers are another main focus at the world's biggest book exhibition. Organizers reported 53,142 visitors during the three trade days.

The cultural side of the fair comes to the fore during the two public days which end Sunday. A quarter of a million people were expected to have attended the fair by the time it closes.

A key focus was the special exhibition on Korean literary culture, Enter Korea. The Koreans are this year's guest of honour. An exhibition of early Korean printing and calligraphy underlined the nation's ancient literary credentials.

Next year's guest of honour is to be India, and on Friday, Juergen Boos, the fair director, signed the contract that will make Catalan culture the 2007 guest of honour.

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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