At the event, the association also bestows the Best First Book Award, the Best Book Design Award and the Schwentner Award for outstanding publishing achievements. The Publishing Academy features discussion and debate on current issues affecting the books and publishing sector.
Each year, the fair brings a number of guests from the selected country or countries in focus: in 2017, the countries in focus were Germany, Austria and Switzerland, while the Slovene Book Fair 2018 brought into focus Hungary. In 2019, the organisers decided to add to the 35th-anniversary edition of the fair by expanding the already established bilateral cooperations more multilaterally with a focus on our continent, Europe.
In 2016, the fair with a focus on Italian publishing and literature was opened by Elisabetta Sgarbi, the well-known La Nave and Bompiani editor engaged in literature and film. The year before, the Slovene Book Fair hosted French authors Pascal Bruckner, Jacques Rancière and Frédéric Beigbeder, and the editors from publishing houses Zulma, Auzou and L'ecole des loisirs. Yves Gaudin's beatbox poetry and French animated film screenings in collaboration with Kinodvor Cinema brought some alternative flair.