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ALREADY AN IBPA MEMBER? Great! Simply log into the "members only" area of the IBPA website to download a current copy of the IBPA Membership Benefits Handbook containing all the information you need to take advantage of each IBPA member benefit.

The IBPA member benefit

ALA Annual Meeting | BookExpo/BookCon | Frankfurt Book Fair

Through IBPA's Trade Show Exhibit Program, members can purchase the following at major domestic and international book trade shows:

  • Single-title display within IBPA's Cooperative Booth on the show floor
  • Full-shelf display within IBPA's Cooperative Booth on the show floor
  • Discounted booth space (full or shared) within IBPA's complex on the show floor
  • Low cost author signings held on the show floor
  • Low cost recorded interviews held on the show floor

Titles in IBPA's Cooperative Booth are displayed face-out on the shelves and within a full-color catalog handed out at the show. In addition, because it's always a good idea to attend the show at which your title is displayed, exhibitors within IBPA's trade show complex are eligible for a discounted or free pass to attend the convention.

ALA Annual Conference
IBPA member Cindy Pon (right) poses with a fan (left) during her author signing event in IBPA's cooperative booth at the ALA Annual Conference

Dates: June 25-30, 2020
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Single-Title Display: $185
Full-Shelf Display: $725
Private Booth: Cost varies; contact Terry Nathan

Over 10,000 librarians attend the American Library Association Annual Conference each year in order to save time and money by reviewing the books and services put on display by the hundreds of onsite vendors. The focus of IBPA's participation in the ALA Annual Conference is to provide IBPA members with title visibility to acquisition librarians. Since IBPA has been attending the ALA Annual Conference for over 20 years, we have first pick of preferable space on the show floor. If you display with IBPA you won’t be stuck in the back corner of the exhibit lot: you’ll be up front and center where you belong!

-- IBPA Show Report - ALA 2019 | IBPA Photo Album - ALA 2019
-- IBPA Show Report - ALA 2018 | IBPA Photo Album - ALA 2018

IBPA member Steve Snyder, speaker and author of SHOT DOWN, signed copies of his book in IBPA's Cooperative Booth at BookExpo/BookCon

Dates (BookExpo): May 27-29, 2020
Dates (BookCon): May 30-31, 2020
Location: New York, New York
Single-Title Display: Not available
Full-Shelf Display: Not available
Private Booth: Cost varies; contact Terry Nathan

Traditionally, BookExpo marks the launch of book publishers' fall lists -- generally the biggest and most robust book list of the year. For publishers, BookExpo's primary function is to showcase these upcoming books in order to get them in front of those who want to buy and/or promote them: the thousands of booksellers who attend; libraries and school systems; foreign publishers; producers and other members of the media.

In 2020, the trade portion of the convention, the BookExpo portion, will be held Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29, 2020 and the consumer convention, BookCon, will be held Saturday, May 30 through Sunday, May 31, 2020. There will be no overlap of the two on the show floor.

In an open letter to members dated Septembr 25, 2017, IBPA announced plans to forgo cooperative book display at BookExpo 2018. In a report published July 11, 2019, IBPA reaffirmed its decision for the 2019 show. As of July 26, 2019, a cooperative book display is not planned for BookExpo 2020. Instead, IBPA will continue to focus on educational sessions, one-on-one meetings, and member networking.

-- IBPA Show Report - BookExpo 2017 | IBPA Photo Album - BookExpo 2017
-- IBPA Show Report - BookExpo 2016 | IBPA Photo Album - BookExpo 2016

Frankfurt Book Fair
IBPA Chief Operations Officer Terry Nathan talks about the books on display in IBPA's cooperative booth at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair.

Dates: October 14-18, 2020
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Single-Title Display: $185
Full-Shelf Display: $750
Private Booth: Cost varies; contact Terry Nathan

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest international book fair in the world. 2020 marks IBPA’s 35th year at the Fair and we have a list of more than 400 international contacts with whom we request meetings in order to make contacts for you to license your rights throughout the world.

Many IBPA members have achieved great success through participation in Frankfurt Book Fair and can now boast Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian and French versions of their titles.

-- IBPA Show Report - Frankfurt 2018 | IBPA Photo Album - Frankfurt 2018
-- IBPA Show Report - Frankfurt 2017 | IBPA Photo Album - Frankfurt 2017

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