Bomb Threat, but Brisk Business for Israel, at Frankfurt Book Fair

A bomb threat sent police reinforcements rushing to the Israel pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Monday. But business continued as usual during the final day of the fair.

The extra police protection did not put off potential customers, according to Menachem Biale, an Israeli official in charge of the pavilion.

In fact, said Biale, who works for Israel’s Commerce and Industry Ministry, the 27 Israeli publishers displaying their wares have gotten high marks for their competitive products.

Many of the books deal with biblical or other traditional Jewish themes. The publishers said business was brisk, but cautioned that until deals are finalized — a matter of several months — the pavilion’s commercial success cannot be assessed.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest, according to organizers. Participation is a “must” for any publisher who hopes to do business on an international scale. This year, 7,965 publishers from 95 countries put 340,000 titles on display. Of that number 102,860 are new works.

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