I know that many readers of this blog don’t work in publishing or the book industry, but I thought they still might like a glimpse at what’s happening at this year’s BEA. Reports are that it’s smaller in attendance than 2007 but up from last year’s showing. Publishers, however, are not as well represented, with fewer publishers exhibiting and less square-footage overall. It’s not surprising that the hot topics at this year’s expo are the rise of ebooks and digital content and the demise of, well, just about every other aspect of publishing. If you’re interested in following along with what’s happening at BEA, I recommend the following blogs:
- Jacket Copy’s Carolyn Kellogg has already posted a couple of interesting reports, including this piece about Richard Nash and Dedi Feldman unveiling their new project, a sort of social publishing company that would bring readers further into publishing than ever before. This is in line with Nash’s thinking on the subject of “the digital concierge.” (More on this panel from Publishers Weekly.)
- Teleread always provides great coverage of ebooks and related issues, so they are a great place to look for stories about digital content. Expect this to be a busy spot over the next few days, as this is THE issue of this year’s BEA.
- Galleycat’s Jason Boog will be providing posts –including videos– throughout the next few days, so check in there, as well.
Finally, if you’re not already, follow along on Twitter. The hashtag is #BEA09 (hashtag for today’s ABA Day of Education is #abaed). And if you’re actually at BEA, don’t miss the Two Dollar Radio booth (4506), where publicist Lauren Cerand will be hosting a happy hour tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.