There’s No Business Like Book Show Business

In Editorial by Guest Contributor

93-year-old publishing attorney and author Martin Levin reflects on 60 years of book fairs, starting with the American Booksellers Association meeting in 1950. By Martin Levin In a career that spans six decades, and still counting, I have found that there is nothing quite like the annual trade shows in book publishing. 1950s: Washington D.C. I recall my first American …

To BEA, or Not to BEA, That is the Question

In English Language by Erin L. Cox

When you’re an independent publishing professional, is the time and expense of attending BookExpo America worth it? Editorial by Erin L. Cox In August of 2006, I left the publicity department at HarperCollins for a job as the Book Publishing Director at The New Yorker, where I handled the book advertising. It was not until April the following year that I …

A Second Helping of Edouard Cointreau’s Paris Cookbook Fair

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Last year Edouard Cointreau, the force behind the Gourmand Cookbook Awards, extended his reach further into the professional culinary world and launched the Paris Cookbook Fair, a trade fair exclusively dedicated to books about food and drink. Yesterday, on a brilliantly sunny Sunday in Paris, the second edition of the Fair ended and while the final count …

What is the Best Connection You’ve Made on Twitter?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

In today’s lead story, Todd Stattersten describes how he accidentally became a book scout through a connection on Twitter. We’ve written here in the past about the serendipity that can happen on Twitter (see Sharon Glassman’s piece “Finding #happiness on Twitter and The Book Maven’s Virtuous Circle Lunch at the Algonquin).  While many large companies want their social media activities …

It’s Always Party Time at the Frankfurter Hof

In Frankfurt Tips by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson This tip is for the newbies because if you’ve been to the Fair at least once, you know all about the Frankfurter Hof. It’s THE place to grab a drink before dinner, before a party, after dinner, and after all the other parties are over. Officially called the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof, this grand, old hotel is located …

Yerevan, Armenia Named World Book Capital for 2012

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Every year the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to grant the title of UNESCO World Book Capital to one city. This year the World Book Capital is is Ljubljana, Slovenia. Next year it will be Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in 2012 — it has …

Will BEA Be Busier Because of London?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead editorial discusses the importance of book fairs — and getting face-to-face interactions with people — even in the digital age. Since so many Americans missed meeting with their European contacts at the London Book Fair this year, do you anticipate BEA will be better attended as a consequence? Are you getting more calls about meetings …

Face Time

In Editorial by Thomas Minkus

Editorial by Thomas Minkus, VP, Frankfurt Book Fair NEW YORK: We in the publishing community tend to take book fairs for granted: dreading the preparation and extra work, facing questions about how much time and resources are necessary to attend, arranging for time away from the home and office. Only unforeseen events that disrupt our attendance, like 9/11 or the …