DOTHAN, AL, May 31, 2013 — BookExpo America (BEA) is the granddaddy of all book shows and is now open at the Javits Center in New York City.
The show is primarily for industry professionals, including publishers and booksellers, but it opens to the public for one day only on Saturday, June 1. Power Readers, the official BEA term for consumers and non-industry attendees, can get access to a thousand exhibitors and over 500 authors for the admission price of $49 for the day.
Savvy book lovers know there are a lot of freebies at the show, including new and upcoming book titles. Publishers are pretty generous with their samples, but BEA does not allow rolling carts to collect swag so you are limited to what you can carry in a tote bag.
There is also an autograph area with over 500 authors available to sign your books. Be sure you match the right book to the right author. Having an author sign someone else’s book does nothing to enhance the value of the title.
Some tips for surviving BookExpo:
If you cannot get to New York to attend in person, you can follow the speakers via a live video stream on the BEA website at http://bookexpoamerica.com/Home/. Two video streams are running live for all three days of the show. If that is not an option either, watch here for more details on the show, new technology and upcoming book titles.
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