Posts Tagged ‘Book Expo’

This was originally a guest post for Armchair BEA, by Lindsey Rudnickas, Digital Concierge at NetGalley

Hello, dear friends! I hope you’re enjoying the bookish delight of BEA from the comfort of your own homes. I’m fortunate enough to attend BEA each year to meet with our publisher clients, and say hello to the many bloggers, librarians, reviewers, and other friends who support NetGalley. This year, I’ll also be speaking on a panel at the BEA Bloggers Conference on Demystifying the Book Blogger & Publisher Relationship. But our love of books and bloggers doesn’t stop at the doors to the Javits center, and we know you don’t have to be at BEA to feel the buzz.

NetGalley has always been a friend to bloggers—it’s been our pleasure to work with you for the past 4 years as the book blogging community has flourished, and we thank you for your enthusiasm for the site. It’s so rewarding for us and for our publishers to see blogger-led contests and read-a-thons like “NetGalley Month” and the year-long “NetGalley Reading Challenge.” For NetGalley and bloggers alike, we’re sure the best is yet to come, and we can’t wait to continue the journey with you!

NetGalley is all about the newest books—helping connect publishers with buzz-makers (like you) to launch titles faster and further. This year for BEA, we’re working with some great industry partners to help bring the galleys to you, so read on.

BEA BUZZ BOOKS: EXCERPTS FROM OVER 30 TOP FALL 2012 TITLES from Publishers Lunch. We were thrilled to join with Publishers Lunch for this cool promotion, which they’re calling “BEA in an eBook.” The best part: it’s available to READ NOW on NetGalley—instant access, no requesting, no waiting.

BEA is all about discovering the fall season’s big books, from new voices to breakout authors, hot nonfiction and beloved bestsellers. Publishers Lunch has packed a convention’s worth of exclusive excerpts from top Fall titles featured at the BookExpo America convention into a single volume. Enjoy new works from Junot Díaz, Mark Helprin, Rhoda Janzen, Barbara Kingsolver, Jessica Khoury, Dennis Lehane, J.R. Moehringer, Neil Young, and many others in the free BEA BUZZ BOOKS. In addition to the excerpts, there’s even a round-up from Publishers Lunch of over 100 Fall books of note of all kinds to have on your radar.

PLUS: Go beyond the excerpts with NetGalley

After most excerpts, look for a link to READ or REQUEST the full galley on NetGalley. Publishers can choose how to provide access to the full galley, so you’ll see two kinds of links—either a link to request the title on NetGalley, or a widget link for approved access as soon as you login. Enjoy!

Barbara Hoffert’s BEA Galley & Signing Guide 2012 for Library Journal. It’s being called “the librarian’s essential BEA 2012 navigation tool” and we have to agree! Barbara’s been tracking some of the show’s top titles, from large publishers and small. Plus, you’ll see embedded icons that will guide you to NetGalleyso you can request a copy even if you won’t be at the show.



Feed Your Reader with NetGalley all year long!

Although BEA is an especially busy time, we’re working everyday adding new titles from publishers for you to request and review. Browse our catalog anytime, and keep updated on what’s happening at NetGalley with our newsletters (spoiler alert: a facelift and lots of big changes are coming—stay tuned!).

Speaking of which, here are two of our recent BEA-related newsletters:

NetGalley Roundup: Get Ready for BEA

Feed Your Reader with the biggest buzz books at BEA

And watch your inboxes for the NetGalley Roundup: BEA Edition, going out the week of the show! Sign up to receive our newsletters, or find them on our NetGalley Roundups page.

Happy reading,


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Oh my goodness folks, BookExpo America is just around the  corner!

If you’re already a NetGalley member, you probably got our email last week about our BEA plans. We have an exciting update, so I wanted to share the details of our promotion with all you “follow the readers.”


By BEA, NetGalley will have over 26,000 registered members and 100 publishers–which we think is something to celebrate! Our theme for NetGalley at BEA will be “COUNT ME IN” and we hope you’ll join the fun.

We’re bringing our Facebook Wall to life by asking all of you to come by booth #3718 to “like” our booth wall using the cute “I heart NG” sticker you see here and below.

Plus it’s your chance to enter our drawing to win one of three eReaders! That’s right, now we’re giving away 3 devices:

Just announced: a NOOK Color—The Reader’s Tablet (thanks  to our friends at Barnes & Noble)

a Kobo eReader (thanks to our friends at Kobo)

and a Kindle!

Of course we want the fun to extend online, so you can also pose for a picture with your sticker on the booth wall, and we’ll post the pics on our NetGalley Facebook page.


Show that you love us too by putting this sticker on your blog.


Plus, if you comment on our Facebook page during BEA Week (May 23-27), you’ll also be entered into the drawing for one of the eReaders!

And one last friendly reminder:


I’ll  also be on the Technology for Blogging panel at the Book Blogger Convention (at the end of BEA).

See my guest blog post for the BBC here. Follow the updates on Twitter @bookbloggercon.

If you’ll be there too, make sure to say hello!

Can’t handle waiting another whole week for all this fun to start?

In the meantime, check the NetGalley Features page for links to our BEA FICTION Preview and BEA NONFICTION Preview to see which galleys will be promoted at BEA. Request them now for a sneak peek.

That’s it for now–thanks, as always, for all your support. See you soon!

–Lindsey, Digital Concierge, NetGalley

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BookSwim.com's Nick Ruffilo (@bookswim)

We bookish folks currently live in a funny and expanding universe. Funny and expanding because much of it, for many of us largely takes place virtually. Well, #followreader is one prime example. And, chatting about books and publishing outside of #followreader with fellow Twitter bookish tweeps is another. As are: all the groups and fan sites and friends of a bookish feather we hang out with on Facebook. Did I forget to mention book blogs? Perish the thought! Bookish blogs are a big virtual stop for many of us.

Added to this is the increasingly (again, for many – not all – of us), digital nature of reading itself. Ebooks and ibooks and book apps and whatever will electronic reading gizmo or format will come out in the seconds it takes me to finish typing this sentence — many things about the lit life have gone virtual.

So, it’s pretty fabulous to consider the flip side of all this online activity — it can lead to some wonderful real world interactions with real world books. Consider if you will: I’m in Cambridge a few weeks ago. I casually tweet about being in Cambridge. Not moments later, my Twitter buddy @ConMartin (whom I have never met in real life), direct messages me back, and asks if I’d like to meet for coffee. REALLY meet. For REAL coffee. Well, how cool is that? Long story short, we did meet (real coffee was nixed in favor of real frosty adult beverages). And Constance gave me one of the best tours of Harvard Yard and Harvard BOOKSTORE (definitely worth a visit) that anyone could ever hope for.

@conmartin + @katmeyer meet IRL

In addition, we have a really great conversation, and I learn more about Constance’s own love of books — real booky books– and “in real life” book clubs. I, on the other hand, was able to impart to her some of the reasons I’m crazy about e-reading opportunities and online reading communities.

This is but one example of a bonding with virtual book buddy in the physical plane — another being, just last night I got to meet @susanmpls for the first time in real life for a real dinner at a real restaurant. (more accurately: a really fattening and delicious dinner at a really fabulous Italian restaurant). We talked a lot. A LOT. Almost entirely about books and publishing, but also about chocolate, and family, and – come to think of it, it was mostly about books and publishing.

Begs the question, if virtual relationships can manifest in the real world, what of the connection between physical books and ebooks? I’m not one of those alarmists (I use the term with a tiny grain of salt – please do not take offense all you alarmists, you) who worry that the paper book will be obliterated from the planet. I think paper and plastic will co-exist nicely for as long as we flesh and blood readers remain more real than virtual. But, I have also been running into a lot of cool things happening with booky books lately that make me more and more excited about the book as a real life object. One is visual search, which is a technology that allows the physical to be married to the virtual via smart phones ( QR codes for example, only, visual search ot less bar code-y and a lot more seamlessly integrated into your day to day life).

I’m working on a post over at my day job (Tools of Change) that will offer a glimpse into just how cool this technology is, and how rapidly it’s evolving. So, go over there and check it out tomorrow. (Fingers crossed it will be up tomorrow — I swear, Jamey!).

I’ve also run into some booky-bookish touchstones lately that while are not in the least bit high-tech, do a fabulous job of blurring the lines of what a book is and what the physical book as object means to us as flesh and blood readers. Another story for you: Last month I’m frantically running around BookExpo America, and I have the good fortune of meeting up with the calm, cool and collected Nick Ruffilo of BookSwim.com. We catch up (in real life, for a change) — Nick telling me some of the very interesting things that BookSwim has in store in the near future, and before parting ways, we decide to do the proper IRL thing and exchange real papery business cards. In my usual uncool, uncalm, uncollected manner, I fumble through the black hole that is my purse, looking for one undamaged and mostly legible business card. Nick, on the other hand, reaches calmly into his messenger bag and pulls out an old, leather-bound book:

Nick's book

How odd, you might think – as did I.

But, Nick is full of surprises. Turns out his book is no mere book. His book hides many secrets.

Nick's business card holder

Yeah – that’s cool. As a hobby, and side-gig, Nick takes old, damaged books and converts them into really cool bookish artifacts-with-a-purpose.

It’s interesting how the virtual and the real worlds of books and the bookish tend to collide. Interesting in a good way, I think.

p.s. – Check out Nick’s etsy store. He creates his secret compartment books on request. I might have gone and gotten one. And I might love it to death and highly recommend getting one yourself, if you’re so inclined.

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It’s almost that time, when bookish folk flock to the largest publishing event in North America: BookExpo America (BEA)/ Twitter @BookExpoAmerica. This year BEA is at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC Tuesday, May 25 – Thursday, May 27. NetGalley will be at BEA, so stop by and say hello — we’re part of the Firebrand Technologies booth #3905.

We’ve got a fun way for you to get a sneak peek at new books! See below for our NetGalley BEA Buzz Schedule (taking place all day Wed and Thurs). We’ll demo a new title on NetGalley, show you how to get it on your favorite e-reader, and “pitch” the book itself so you can see where all the buzz begins. Check out which titles publicists have selected as potential breakout releases!

The best part is if you watch our demo, you’ll be among the first to view the galley on NetGalley after the show — with an invite from the publisher to download the galley and read it in full. Plus, select titles are available to request on NetGalley NOW if you’d like to get a jump-start on your reading!

So check out (and request) the NetGalley BEA Buzz titles here, mark your calendars, and we’ll see you at the show!

NetGalley BEA Buzz Schedule

WEDNESDAY MAY 26 @ NetGalley booth #3905

  • 10:00 AM: The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors

A Novel
By Michele Young-Stone
The Crown Publishing Group @CrownPublishing
Pub Date: April 2010

  • 10:30 AM: Truly, Madly, Deadly

The Unofficial True Blood Companion
By Becca Wilcott
ECW Press @ecwpress
Pub Date: June 2010


By Jorge Cruise
Hay House, Inc
Pub Date: December 29, 2010

  • 11:30 AM: Harvest to Heat

Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans
By Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer
The Taunton Press @tauntonmktg
Pub Date: October 2010

  • 12:00 PM: Around My French Table

More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours
By Dorie Greenspan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt @hmhbooks
Pub Date: October 2010

  • 1:00 PM: Outside the Ordinary World

By Dori Ostermiller
Harlequin @HarlequinBooks
Pub Date: August 2010

  • 1:30 PM: Billie Girl

By Vickie Weaver
Leapfrog Press
Pub Date: September 2010

  • 2:00 PM: The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit

A Step-by-Step Legal Guide
By Peri Pakroo, J.D.
NOLO @NoloLibrary
Pub Date: May 2010

  • 4:00 PM: Safe From the Sea

By Peter Geye
Unbridled Books @unbridledbooks
Pub Date: September 2010

THURSDAY MAY 27 @ NetGalley booth #3905

  • 10:00 AM: Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

By Russell A. Barkley, PhD
Guilford Press @GuilfordPsych
Pub Date: August 2010

  • 11:00 AM: Vestments

By John Reimringer
Milkweed Editions @Milkweed_Books
Pub Date: September 2010

  • 11:30 AM: Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married

By Gary Chapman
Moody Publishers @moodybooks
Pub Date: September 2010

  • 12:00 PM: Simple Secrets

The Harmony Series, Book One
By Nancy Mehl
Barbour Publishing @BarbourBuzz
Pub Date: June 2010

  • 2:00 PM: Desserts 4 Today

By Abigail Johnson Dodge
The Taunton Press @tauntonmktg
Pub Date: September 2010

  • 2:30 PM: Deadline Man

By Jon Talton
Poisoned Pen Press
Pub Date: May 2010

NetGalley BEA Buzz Schedule (grid)

WEDNESDAY MAY 26 @ NetGalley booth #3905
10:00 AM The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors Crown Publishing Group Pub Date: April 2010
10:30 AM Truly, Madly, Deadly ECW Press Pub Date: June 2010
11:00 AM THE BELLY FAT CURE™ FAST TRACK Hay House, Inc Pub Date: December 29, 2010
11:30 AM Harvest to Heat The Taunton Press Pub Date: October 2010
12:00 PM Around My French Table Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pub Date: October 2010
1:00 PM Outside the Ordinary World Harlequin Pub Date: July 2010
1:30 PM Billie Girl Leapfrog Press Pub Date: September 2010
2:00 PM The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit NOLO Pub Date: May 2010
4:00 PM Safe From the Sea Unbridled Books Pub Date: September 2010
THURSDAY MAY 27 @ NetGalley booth #3905
10:00 AM Taking Charge of Adult ADHD Guilford Press Pub Date: August 2010
11:00 AM Vestments Milkweed Editions Pub Date: September 2010
11:30 AM Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married Moody Publishers Pub Date: September 2010
12:00 PM Simple Secrets Barbour Publishing Pub Date: June 2010
2:00 PM Desserts 4 Today The Taunton Press Pub Date: September 2010
2:30 PM Deadline Man Poisoned Pen Press Pub Date: May 2010

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It’s been three weeks since Book Expo, and the trade show is a fading memory. My feet feel fresh, I’ve caught up on my sleep, and I’m back on top of my work. But that also means it’s time to refer back to the little memo I wrote to myself in the middle of a restless night after BEA, about what to do differently after the show.

1) Focus and specialize

The reign of publishing’s great generalists is winding down: it’s all about niche, now. It’s time to bring one’s most valuable skills into clear focus, and choose key areas in which to specialize. For me, that means focusing on new ways to connect readers and writers in multiple formats, with the help of clear communication and an inclusive, democratic ethos.

2) Keep a “stop doing” list

It’s easy to pile up stuff to do, but not so easy to let go of what’s not working. Here’s what’s on my list:

  • Stop reflexively saying “yes.” If I can’t get out of it, say “let me sleep on it.”
  • Stop assuming I’m the only one who can get it done. Can I delegate it? If not, does it really need to happen?
  • Stop being a perfectionist – just get the idea across and keep moving. A good idea will take on a life of its own.photo via hyd-masti.com

 3) Listen to the pain

In the last few years, I’ve supported my dad through a terminal illness, and had more than my usual share of colds, aches and pains. I find that when I let go of my resistance and really listen to the pain, I open myself to rich and unexpected insights that point me in inspiring new directions. Why wouldn’t this technique also work with an ailing industry?

4)  Keep the big picture and the little picture in balance

The day-to-day details are as absorbing and relentless as ever, but that doesn’t change the fact that the old model isn’t working as well, and the new model doesn’t exist yet. Experimentation is key and so is making time to stay in touch with a variety of viewpoints. But that doesn’t mean the details should get any less than they’re due.

5) Get outside the bubble  

This is a tough one, but every day I aspire to step outside my comfort zone and keep an ear open for distant signals – by reading a blog in another industry; talking to a neighbor, teenager or even a total stranger about books or the Internet; or eating something totally new for lunch.

Is it time for lunch yet?

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photo via www.hydmasti.comMy Book Expo hangover has lasted longer than usual this year, maybe because I crammed four days of meetings into two and, after 10 years of faithful attendance, took Saturday and Sunday off to go to my 20th college reunion. The two events have pushed me to reflect on the past, present and future more intensely than usual, and it’s taken a little while to get my feet back on the ground.

For me, BEA’s bookends were Mike Shatzkin’s talk, Stay Ahead of the Shift: What Product-Centric Publishers Can Do to Flourish in a Community-Centric World, and the CEO Roundtable led by Tina Brown and Harry Evans. While Shatzkin reviewed the considerable changes of the last twenty years and daringly forecasted those of the next twenty, the CEO panel was unhappily mired in the present. Shatzkin fluently played the role of a visionary with Einstein-like hair, pointing out challenges and opportunities with equal verve, but the CEOs were more like grim container ship captains in choppy seas, fastening their attention on e-book pricing, book promotion on You Tube and other threatening icebergs, with all hatches battened.

Shatzkin’s big takeaway was that we are in the twilight of “the good old days,” and entering transitional decades when costs will rise and revenues decline as publishers support inefficient old models and experiment with digital ones that will require many iterations and years to mature. The big takeaway from the CEOs was that it’s just about all they can do to flog the old model: “The Today Show is not as effective as it used to be—and the Internet has not replaced it,” said Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy, who is looking to front-of-bookstore displays to jumpstart sales, even though the recession has markedly reduced store traffic and most browsers start their book searches on the Internet.

Now, to be fair, everyone made generalizations with enough hot air in them to steam up our proverbial glasses. Shatzkin is also an independent consultant who doesn’t have nearly as much at stake from day to day as these venerable publishers. And although both sessions took place (at different times) in the same large conference room at Javits Center, Shatzkin’s talk drew about a third of the audience that the standing-room-only CEO panel did, with fewer recognizable faces in attendance.

I was left with a persistent sense of whiplash as I tried to integrate Shatzkin’s sensible talk about the importance of niche-focused “vertical integration” (e.g. not only creating and distributing content in all formats, but fostering dedicated online communities through content aggregation and curation) with the CEOs’ resolutely traditional view of their role in creating, manufacturing and distributing books in the physical world.

“How are we going to get from resentment about the unsustainable present to a more workable future?” I kept wondering while navigating the crowds between conference rooms. In every panel, everyone seemed on a different wavelength.  Making sense of it all is clearly a big job for as many bright minds as the industry can muster.

Some people, particularly unemployed publishing veterans, are very motivated to start building bridges. But we will also need a whole lot more young, rank-and-file publishing people to attend these forward-looking programs. I’m talking about the 20- and 30-somethings in editorial, publicity, online marketing and sales, as well as in online and bricks-and-mortar bookselling. Though many are on the front lines of the publishing process, they can also be blinkered by their limited roles in the publishing assembly line, and too rarely encouraged by higher-ups to seek out the big picture. But we need their engagement, vision and energy more than ever to make the transition to the future.

(Yes, when I graduated from college 20 years ago, I was one of them – an often blinkered editorial assistant working my way up the ladder at HarperCollins, later moving to Avon Books as an editor, then Publishers Weekly as a writer and editor. But to me, today’s rank and file are luckier than we were, back in the industry’s more stable days, because they have a bigger opportunity now to put their stamp on it.) 

If I have one fervent hope for BEA next year, it’s not so much that consumers will be invited to attend on the last day, as Richard Nash and Michael Cairns have suggested, but that every publishing person in their 20s and 30s has the chance to attend the educational programming and become part of the online and offline conversation about how to get from the present to the future we will create together. Here’s hoping that moving the conference to mid-week next will only make it more possible.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as mine continue to gel.

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I’m just back from BookExpo America. “Just back” being a bit of an exaggeration, since I got back to my little desert home on Monday night, but have been in “BEA Hangover” state until this morning.  Was it worth it? Well, yes and no. In my bookish opinion, this year’s BEA was pretty much business as usual in many respects, but there were a few very fantastic events and many small moments that made this year one to remember, and all of them were about connecting in real life with some of the really great people that make being in the book world really wonderful.

BEA Book Blogger Palooza

@ftoolan All the important stuff at #BEA09 is happening within 50′ of booth 4077 #followreader

Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy proudly displays her blogger trading card. (photo by SmartBitches Sarah)

The truly remarkable Mr. Fran Toolan summed up the biggest BEA highlight in the quote above. Booth #4077, the Firebrand/NetGalley Booth was THE PLACE TO BE on the show floor this year. Fran’s stroke of genius in hosting a bevy of book bloggers at the booth paid off in spades. All weekend long, enthusiastic bloggers “signed” (no really, they signed these fantastic book blogger trading cards that @PermanentPaper – aka Melissa Klug of Glatfelter Paper designed and printed) while a large flatscreen displayed tweetdeck streaming the action live on Twitter.

Let’s just say, the book blogger signings at the NetGalley booth were a huge hit. Masses of people gravitated to the booth, and for those who were unfamiliar with book blogging and bloggers prior to being pulled into the 4077th’s orbit, they didn’t stay unfamiliar for long. I’d go so far as to say lots of conference goers came away from the booth huge fans of book blogging and some even told me they were going to take up blogging themselves.

GalleyCat did a shoutout (complete with video) about it, and Verso’s Denise Berthiaume brought her video crew over to interview a few of the bloggers too. So, that’s success. To quote another esteemed bookish person who knows about such things, one Mr. Richard Nash, “Fran did a very rare thing. He created an event on the floor. It was a gathering place.”


According to all (or all I’ve heard) accounts, the BEAtweetup was also a huge success and I’m pretty sure both sponsors and guests (all upwards of 500 of them) left happy. As an organizer of said event, I was pleased as punch that it even got a good “review” from Miss Carolyn Kellog (@paperhaus to you Tweeple) in the LA Times’ Jacket Copy. And, aside from being thrilled that all went off without any noticeable hitches, I’m really glad it’s over and am planning to have a t-shirt made: “I survived the BEAtweetup of 2009.” So, thank you all you sponsors, and thank you all you organizers, and thank you all you guests who attended. I think the People’s Party needs to be a tradition. (see you next year – who wants to organize?)

But What of the Books, and Readers, and Authors, and Whatnot?

Book: The Sequel

Book: The Sequel

Oh, right. The books. Celebrating and SELLING the books. The real reason all of us were converging upon the Javits Center. Well, there were some books. There were not as many physical galleys as in previous years  (though the hot ones were in big demand — lots of people were seeking copies of Suzanne Collins’ follow-up to Hunger Games, Catching Fire), but there was a lot of action regarding various forms of new-fangled digital book stuff: digital galleys (NetGalley had a  number of new publishers sign up for their e-galley program, and Harper Collins began a trial use of Symptio e-galleys); there were some audio “galley” downloads; Perseus Book Group crowd-sourced and pumped out their flash-fried Book: The Sequel in various formats (note: this book rocks, and you can request an egalley of it at NetGalley by searching “sequel” in the catalog at netgalley.com); the Espresso digital book machine was going full force; and Above the Treeline demo’d their very cool digital catalog, Edelweiss.

As for authors and celebrating books, one particular event really warmed my heart–and made me worry about the future: the ABA’s “Celebration of Bookselling/Indies Choice Book Awards.” I’m still not sure why the good people of the ABA were kind enough to invite me (thank you, Mark Nichols), but boy was I happy to be there. Esteemed author after esteemed author (many from the Indie Next List) got up (or showed up via video) to thank the indie booksellers who have very much been responsible for making the esteemed authors esteemed.

Sherman Alexie, Suzanne Collins, Jon Scieszka, Kristin Cashore, Mo Willems, and on and on…what a cool thing to see people we worship — worshipping booksellers.  (BTW: Sarah Vowell’s video “thank you” for Wordy Shipmates being voted “best conversation starter,” was hilarious and hopefully will show up on YouTube).

What worries me…more of the same I’ve expressed here before. If our beloved and endangered indie booksellers can no longer work as indie booksellers, who is going to help us find the Sherman Alexies and Suzanne Collinses, etc.?

High Anxiety

My sense of worry over whence the indies shall go, is small potatoes compared to the practically palpable vibe of anxiety many publishers were putting out in the conference center. That’s the thing. With all the hope and new ideas and energy of change, the worry and angst from some of the bigger publishers was a real drag. In spite of there being some great educational sessions with lots of ideas for making the book world a better place in leaner times, the people who really needed to be in those sessions were all in their booths lamenting the passing of the golden era.


So, those are my first impressions of BEA09. No doubt many of you who were also there have some impressions of your own to offer. And, as always, Follow the Reader would love to hear them!



Some great posts around the web re: BEA:

PS: Join us tomorrow (Thursday, June 3rd at 1:30 PM EST) for #FollowReader! We’ll be announcing the Book Blogger Signing Sony Reader winners!

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I’ll admit it. On the eve of my 10th Book Expo, I still love it. Within a few miles of the convention center, my blood starts to beat with excitement at the great gathering of the tribe. Ah, to see and be seen – hastening to the next panel, grabbing galleys, hobnobbing in the aisles with everyone I’ve ever worked with – propelled by unabashed bookish enthusiasm through this promiscuous co-mingling of readers in owlish glasses and sensible shoes, and readers who love books enough to strut among them all day in short skirts & heels!  Book Expo NYC

I’m glad that Book Expo’s permanent home is now in New York. Though I’m no special fan of Javits Center or working on Sundays, there are some undeniable advantages to having it here: more authors walking the floors, higher attendance by the rank and file from the big publishers (who are so often denied this kind of opportunity to grasp the big picture), real bagels and yellow cabs, and cheaper subways than in other cities, not to mention the pleasure of sleeping in my own bed. There’s also the prospect of moving the conference to mid-week in 2010, so next year, Sundays may even be out of the question.

I used to arrive late to educational programs on Thursday, and leave early – but have gradually shifted the balance, after discovering that it’s easier to network, receive new ideas and think in full sentences inside the conference rooms than amid the chaotic hubbub of the show floor.

Here’s are the programs I’m especially looking forward to – though there’s no way to catch them all.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

9:30AM – 10:30AM: A Strategic Approach for Harnessing the Power of Social Media:  A Publisher Roadmap, presented by Tim O’Shaughnessy – CEO & Co-founder, LivingSocial

I’m curious to hear about how O’Shaughnessy advises publishers to work with the Visual Bookshelf community, touted here as the most popular Facebook application, even though I’ve personally found Visual Bookshelf too time-consuming to maintain regularly–and it’s not as popular among #followreader discussion participants as Library Thing and Shelfari. 

10:30AM – 11:30AM: Data Crunch: Books and Their Competition for Leisure Time Attention – How do They Stack Up? presented by Kelly Gallagher – VP – Publisher Services, RR Bowker

Gallagher gave a fascinating presentation on consumer book buying trends in 2008 at the Making Information Pay conference a few weeks ago, with fresh statistics drawn from a monthly survey of 36,000 readers that we recapped in our most popular post to date.  His look at where books fit into the general cultural mix is also likely to be provocative.

11:00AM – 12:00PM: Stay Ahead of the Shift: What Product-Centric Publishers Can Do to Flourish in a Community-Centric Web World, presented by Mike Shatzkin – Founder & CEO, Idea Logical Co, Inc

Few can match Shatzkin‘s pedigree as a second-generation publishing brat (his father Leonard created the Dolphin Books imprint at Doubleday in the late 1950s with Jason Epstein and later ran Collier Books), and fewer still can match his willingness to predict the future of publishing 20 years from now.  If you’re looking for new ideas, you’ll find some here.

2:30PM – 3:30PM: The Concierge and the Bouncer: The End of the Supply Chain and the Beginning of the True Book Culture presented by Richard Nash formerly Publisher, Soft Skull Press and Dedi Felman – formerly Sr. Editor, Simon & Schuster

Richard Nash, a clever and experienced independent publisher turned publishing solider of fortune joins veteran editor Felman in asking “what might the ideal publishing company look like? How would we build a new system for connecting writers and readers?” Wild and witty tweets will surely flow at this one, and I’m all ears.

2:45-400pm, Room 1E12 : Social Media and the Independent Bookseller: Len Vlahos of ABA, Stephanie Anderson of WORD Brooklyn, Megan Sullivan of Harvard Bookstore and Ann Kingman, Random House sales rep.

This could be the perfect forum to find more bookseller tweeps and test some of the ideas from our #followreader discussion on how booksellers and bloggers can work together. Plus a chance to meet @lenhouse@bookavore, @bookdwarf and @annkingman.

4:15PM – 5:15PM: BEA Editors Buzz moderated by John Freeman – US Editor, Granta.

Editors and titles include Paul Elie – Editor, FSG (Michael Sandel’s JUSTICE); Deb Futter – VP, Editor in Chief, Grand Central Publishing (Leila Meacham’s ROSES); Alexis Gargagliano – Editor (Alex Lemon’s HAPPY); Harriet Popham Rigney – Executive Editor, Tor Books (Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s A MEMORY OF LIGHT); Ben Sevier – Sr. Editor (Jonathan Tropper’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU); Robert Weil – Executive Editor, W.W. Norton (David Small’s STITCHES).

Friday, May 29, 2009

11AM to 12PM at the Firebrand/NetGalley booth (#4077): Stop by for a quick chat with Kat Meyer and me or check out the list of bloggers who will be signing over the weekend. I’m reserving time to meet as many as possible at the first blogger “signing” at BEA.

Also on Friday, 4:30PM – 5:45PM: 7x20x21 at BEA: Publishing’s most innovate thinkers talk about what inspires them. Presented by Debbie Stier, Harper Studio; Pablo Defendini, Tor.com; Jeff Yamaguchi, Doubleday/Knopf; Matt Supko, ABA/Indiebound; Chris Jackson, Spiegel and Grau; Richard Nash, ex-Soft Skull; Lauren Cerand, independent public relations representative.

Thanks to the generosity of The New Yorker, this panel is the only one at BEA with an open bar.

More liquid refreshment can also be had at the BEA Tweetup, Friday night from 8:00PM to 10:00PM at the Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (Between Vandam & Spring), New York, NY.  Here are more details.

See you there!

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Firebrand is thrilled to announce that 44 bloggers signed up to be at our booth (#4077) during Book Expo America.  It’s clear from how quickly this idea went from concept to reality, that book bloggers need and want to create community-to-community relationships with publishers, retailers, and readers. This is an incredibly exciting time in publishing!

We invite every publisher at BEA to review this schedule and mark their calendars, so they have a chance to meet the bloggers who are helping to sell their books.

The schedule is below. We have a couple of new entries (Sarah Weinman, Ed Champion, and Austin Allen) not listed below, or if you have trouble reading the layout below, Click Here

Friday, May 29th


The Book Maven Bethanne Patrick Books, Publishing, Current Events
Presenting Lenore Lenore Appelhans YA, General Fiction Reviews


Follow the Reader Charlotte Abbott,    Kat Meyer Professional Readers, Publishing Trends
Maw Books Natasha Maw Childrens, YA, Middle Grade, Adult, Author Interviews


GalleyCat Jason Boog Publishing, Technology
Tools of Change for Publishing Andrew Savikas Publishing, Technology, Social Media


Books on the Nightstand Ann Kingman, Michael Kindness Books, Publishing, From a publisher perspective
Beatrice.com Ron Hogan Books & Writers


Booksquare Kassia Krozser Books, Publishing, Technology, Social Media
Jenn’s Bookshelf Jennifer Lawrence Books – All Genres


The Swivet Colleen Lindsay Agenting, Publishing, General Blogging
Book Club Girl Jennifer Hart Books, Publishing,


Booking Mama Julie Peterson Books, Book Clubs, Authors
My Friend Amy Amy Riley Literary, Women’s, Christian, Historical
The Friendly Book Nook Amy Riley Kids, Middle Grade, YA Reviews,  Mysteries

Saturday, May 30th


Beth Fish Reads Candace  Levy Reviewer, Book Professional
Pop Culture Junkie Alea Adou YA Books, Chick Lit, Graphic Novels
She is Too Fond of Books Dawn Rennert Reviews, Author interviews, Publishing


Hey Lady! Watcha Readin’? Trish Collins Reviews, Author interviews, Publishing
Reviewer X Stephanie Leite YA Books
My Cozy Book Nook Molly Totaro British Classics, Contemporary Literature, Mysteries


Book Reviews by Jess Jessica Kennedy Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and YA books
Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sarah Wendell Romance


Personanondata Michael Cairns Publishing, Technology, Social Media
Sharon Loves Cats Sharon Somers YA Books
Janicu’s book blog Janice Y Urban Fantasy, Romance, Suspense, YA books


Book Blogger Panel Hosted by Jennifer Hart
Room 1E15


The Big Picture Laura Dawson Publishing, Technology, Social Media
The Olive Reader Erica Barmash Books, Publishing, From a Publisher perspective
Literary License Gwen Dawson Contemporary Literary Fiction, Int’l Fiction/Translations


Stephanie’s Written Word Stephanie Coleman-Chan Contemporary, Historical, YA Fiction,  some Fantasy, Memoirs
Bookrastination Jay Franco Comics, Sci-Fi, Publishing Professional
Every Day I Write the Book Gayle Weiswasser Current Fiction

Sunday, May 31st


Reading the Past Sarah Johnson Historical Fiction
Literary Kicks Levi Asher Literary Fiction, Poetry


Wands and Worlds Sheila Ruth Juvenile, YA, Fantasy and Sci-Fi
Mother Reader Pam Coughlan Kid Lit, YA


Teleread Paul Biba ebooks, epublishing – News, Commentary, Analysis
Laura’s Review Book Shelf Laura McCarthy YA, General Fiction, Paranormal Romance


The Tome Traveller’s Weblog Carey Anderson Historical Fiction
Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind Sarah Weinman Crime and Mystery Fiction
The Bat Segundo Show Edward Champion Culture and Literary Podcast
The Abbeville Manual of Style
Austin Allen
Arts + Culture, Literary Fiction, Book Industry Commentary

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Here’s a quick note for those of you who will be fortunate enough to attend this year’s BookExpo America in New York later this month. The Firebrand booth will be hosting “meet and greet” session and “signings” with some really wonderful book bloggers and others who write and report on books. Charlotte and I will be hosting this one-of-a-kind event (perhaps even the first of its kind?), and we’re really looking forward to it.

Check out Fran Toolan’s post over at his “Issues in Publishing” Blog for more details. We hope to see you in New York!

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