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Bibliophiles head to the Frankfurt Book Fair as it opens to the public this weekend

Bibliophiles from around the world have gathered to take part in the Frankfurt Book Fair, an event that brings together authors, publishers and book-lovers for the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair.

A man arranges books at a booth in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on October 18, 2016 on th eve of the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair. The world's largest book fair runs from October 19 to 23, 2016.
A man arranges books at a booth in Frankfurt. Image by ARNE DEDERT/AFP/Getty Images

The fair, which dates back more than 500 years, is expected to draw in about 275,000 visitors to the German city.

Books of the 2016 Literature Nobel Price winner US Bob Dylan are pictured at the booth of publisher Hoffman und Campe at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, on October 19, 2016. The five-day Frankfurt fair, which opens to the public on October 19, is the world's largest publishing event.
Books of the 2016 Literature Nobel Price winner US Bob Dylan are pictured at the booth of publisher Hoffman und Campe. Image by DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images

While the book fair is focused on the publishing industry, only the first three days are exclusively for professionals. The fair opens up to private visitors on Saturday (22 October) from 9 am until 6:30 pm and Sunday (23 October) from 9 am to 5:30 pm.  Tickets are €19 for a one-day pass.

General view at the Netherlands Pavillion of the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) on October 18, 2016 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The 2016 fair, which is among the world's largest book fairs, will be open to the public from October 19-23.
General view at the Netherlands Pavillion of the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse). Image by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

Visitors will be able to peruse through books and exhibits, go to a talk, and perhaps even get an author to sign a copy.

Books are pictured at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, on October 19, 2016.
Books are pictured at the book fair. Image by DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images

There will be more than 7100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries at the 68th edition of the book fair, which runs from 19 to 23 October.