You have to love the book business in all its idiosyncrasy. For years exhibitors complained about the third day of the show, and we have archived pictures of last year’s vast, empty aisles on Sunday. But nothing makes you miss something like taking it away.
Writing that “while people like the two-day format, a lot of people genuinely need three days to meet their objectives at BEA,” show director Steve Rosato said they will add back a third day of exhibits next year. They will retain the mid-week schedule, and are likely to still have the conference day precede the three days of floor exhibition. We wish them well their decision–and hope their customers will be happy once they get what they wished for. Yesterday was packed–probably too packed–but today is already discernibly more moderate (except, perhaps, in the standing-in-line for an autograph).