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Book Expo Will Limit Attendees, Revert to Two Days of Exhibits

In a promotional piece from PW, Book Expo now confirms what they would not make official for us a week ago (though it was between the lines if you read carefully): With convention attendance dwindling steadily over the past five years and then dropping precipitously for the 2016 Chicago event, the new…

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BEA Chicago Attendance Was Down By Over A Third

Back in May we all knew that the Book Expo show in Chicago was smaller and quieter than recent conventions in New York, though at the time conference did not release attendance estimates. Rather, representatives said their expectation -- and then their post-show rough estimate -- was about the same level of…

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To BE Is Not to BEA: Show Changes Name to Book Expo

Budweiser changed their name to America for part of this year, but the big US trade book show is going the other way, telling booksellers that "Book Expo America" has officially changed its name to Book Expo (or, rather, BookExpo). A refreshed web site shows off the new Book Expo…

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Past the Hype, Data Shows Modest Dealmaking As Dollars Move Away From Big Fiction

With the Frankfurt Book Fair underway, our annual analysis of actual dealmaking data stands in contrast to the standing fair daily stories hailing a few big deals made a few weeks ago. Our data shows overall dealmaking just below last year's soft season, comprising the fewest pre-Frankfurt deals since 2012. (And…

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People, Etc.

Doug Jones has been promoted to the new position of svp, deputy publisher of the Harper group, reporting to Jonathan Burnham. In addition, he will serve as publisher of Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks. All marketing and publicity for the Harper imprints and lines will report to Jones, who has been svp, sales for…

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Moving On

Earlier this week, FW Media announced that Ted Hill will oversee programming for a rebooted, more finely- and skills-focused DBW, as our conference partner Mike Shatzkin noted in a long blog post on the end of the "big change" era in publishing that he will no longer program the event.…

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People, Etc.

Julie Will has been promoted to editorial director at Harper Wave. Allison Hunter will join Janklow & Nesbit as an agent on July 11. Previously she was an agent at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. Erin Simpson has been promoted to senior agent at the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau. Patti Hughes,…

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Bookselling Briefs: Teen Fest, More BookCon, Amazon College and iBooks Extras

Barnes & Noble says that for their weekend teen book festival, June 10 through June 12, sporting the hip and happening name "B-Fest," they have lined up "more than 1,800 author appearances at stores nationwide." Chief merchandising officer Mary Amicucci says in the announcement, "This is not only the most author appearances…

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BEA Shrinks, As ABA Continues Growth

As Book Expo America heads to Chicago, with the show opening this Wednesday, the convention will be considerably smaller. Event director Brien McDonald confirms for the AP that the show will occupy almost twenty percent less floor space than last year, taking up just over 126,000 square feet at McCormick Place. (Last year China…

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LBF: This Will Be Familiar

Back at Olympia for a second straight year, the London Book Fair opened Tuesday in familiar form, similar to last year's show. The special above-ground train that is supposed to connect London's tube directly to Olympia is still out of commission (fortunately it was a good morning for a leisurely wall).…

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