BookExpo America 1997

July 1997
by Jan Nathan, PMA Executive Director

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We all went to the BookExpo show with great trepidation. Our biggest fear was regarding the attendance. Who would show up at the site if the major houses weren’t in attendance?

I think that the show this year reflected the book publishing industry as a whole. Those of us who did show up and display our wares were the independent presses (which, we all know, is the growing side of the publishing business). And though many of the major bookseller chains chose not to attend the show in support of the major New York publishing houses’ boycott, quite a few independent booksellers decided to support the show and we became a beneficiary of their support.

Here are some comments on the issuing of badges for the BEA (as many of you know, the badges are color-coded, and we all look for those “blue” badges which are supposed to indicate a Bookstore Owner or Bookseller):

I feel that all booksellers who attend this show should be admitted at no charge. They are the reason we exhibitors attend this show. We, in effect, by paying for our booths and displays, subsidize the attendance of our national booksellers at this show. (Booksellers currently pay a lower admittance fee than general trade visitors.) Anyone who owns or works in a bookstore should be admitted at no charge to the exhibit floor.

Many publishers who attended the show identified themselves to the registration staff as “booksellers” so that they could obtain those desirable “blue” badges….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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