April 25, 2018

BEA For All: A Librarian’s Guide to BookExpo America 2013

New York can be gorgeous in the spring, and there’s plenty to see. Relatively near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the now-perennial site of BookExpo America (BEA), is great shopping, the spectacular Highline Park, and the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman Building, with its fascinating exhibits. You might not see any of it though; changes are afoot at BEA, and they mean more…of everything. Along with a return to weekend hours—the show now runs from Wednesday, May 29, through Saturday, June 1, 2013, including LJ’s and SLJ’s warm-up Day of Dialog events—there is now a third author stage. Attendees will find almost 300 autograph signings on the three stages, as well as the relocated BEA Editors’ Buzz sessions, which cover children’s, YA, and adult books. The stages will also welcome the new “BEA Selects,” featuring indie publishers discussing their fall 2013 romance, mystery, literary fiction, and sf/fantasy titles.

You’ll want to take in the exhibits, of course, and the dozens of programs offered during the conference. Below are the offerings that are best for librarians—not all of them are particularly aimed at our profession, but eavesdropping on “the other side” can be illuminating. Though ebook questions feature heavily, we’re moving on from library availability concerns to debates surrounding secondhand ebooks, the effects on authors, and e-publishing of out-of-print titles. For a break from it all, do what the fun crowd did at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting: check out the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Library Family Feud. Featuring Simon Doonan on the author team, it’s a hotter ticket than any Broadway show.

Or take a load off at any point during the show at LJ’s Librarians’ Lounge, open Thursday through Saturday, at booth 757.



8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

School Library Journal Day of Dialog (Columbia University, Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive; registration required)

SLJ will host a full day of dynamic, fun programs for librarians and educators, including panels such as “Informational Picture Books,” “Middle School Drama and Trauma,” “Real World Horror in YA,” and “Visual Storytelling.” Award-winning author and illustrator Kevin Henkes will deliver the welcome keynote. Best-selling YA author Holly Black will be the lunch speaker. Register at slj.com/dayofdialog.

9 a.m.–6 p.m. 

LJ Day of Dialog for Publishers, Vendors, and Librarians (McGraw-Hill Conference Center, 1221 Avenue of the Americas; registration required)

This year’s LJ Day of Dialog includes five big panels, starting with the ever-popular Editors’ Picks, featuring editors from HarperCollins, Random House, Penguin Group (USA), and more. Other choices include Poetry Opens Doors, Collection Development 2020, The Art of Science Books, and Great Voices in Fiction. Register at lj.libraryjournal.com/dayofdialog.

9:30–10:20 a.m.

Your Next Readers Are on Twitter (Rm. 1E07)

Drawing on case studies of successful authors, Twitter’s Andrew Fitzgerald (@magicandrew) will show how authors and publishers can build engagement through Twitter.

9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. plus cocktail reception

Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC) (Rm. TBA)

This one-day conference is collocated with BEA. Registration is through APA. Included is a session called “Library Downloads” on “trends in how libraries are acquiring digital audio.”

11–11:50 a.m.

Hosting a Global Book Tour Using Google+ —Learn To Market & Host a Virtual Book Tour (Rm. 1E11)

Promoting a book, finding new readers, and hosting book tours can all be done using Google+. Learn how to host a virtual video “hangout” and broadcast and promote it to the world. Hear ideas about types of events and how to set them up on Google+ step by step.

1–1:50 p.m.

Building Community Through Podcasting (Rm. 1E02/03)

Podcasting is one way in which stakeholders in reading can build community. Learn the ins and outs of podcasting: how to develop an idea; the time, equipment, and cost involved; the audience potential; and how to promote. You’ll hear real-world stories of how panelists have used podcasting to create real-life communities and to promote projects about which they are passionate.

1:45–2:45 p.m.

BEA Keynote: Shaping the Future of the Book:

Insight from Leaders Who Are Transforming How We Read (Rm. 1E14/1E15/1E16)

Booksellers, publishers, and others aligned with the book industry are seeking new ways to engage readers, build community, and encourage reading at every age. Ingram Content Group CEO John Ingram will moderate a panel of thought leaders who are helping to shape the future of the book through innovation, new business models, and determination.

4:15–5:30 p.m.

BEA Editors’ Buzz (Rm. 1E14/1E15/1E16)

A panel of editors discuss six of the fall’s biggest potential breakouts. Editors from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Overlook, Macmillan, Crown, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins, present Wendy Lower’s Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, Eric Lundgren’s The Facades, Amy Grace Lloyd’s The Affairs of Others: A Novel; Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Katy Butler’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, and Jennifer Senior’s All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.

6:30 p.m. 

Annual BEA Librarians Dinner

(Yale Club, 52 Vanderbilt Ave., Grand Ballroom; registration required) Presented by AAP, this year’s program has John Searles (Help for the Haunted) as emcee, presenting Martha Grimes (Double Double: A Dual Memoir of Alcoholism); Nancy Horan (Under the Wide and Starry Sky); Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings); Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch); and Erica Jong (Fear of Flying: 40th Anniversary Edition). By invitation only; register your interest here.



10–10:50 a.m.

“Do Kindle Owners Really Read More?” (And Other Nagging Questions About Ebooks, Reading, and Amazon.com) (Rm. 1E02–1E03)

Simba Information’s (Trade E-Book Publishing 2013) Michael Norris will present exclusive cross-tabulated data on Kindle users culled from the company’s ongoing study of the ebook sector. You’ll learn about trends in usage, reading, and buying—as well as where the Kindle stands in relation to competing devices. Data on print book and ebook consumption patterns will tie everything together.

10–11:50 a.m.

Authors and Librarians, Get Ready for the

Feud…Library Family Feud! (AAP) (Rm. 1E11)

With AAP Library Committee chair Chris Vaccari as game show host to two “families.” The Librarian family features Christopher Platt and Betsy Bird (both NYPL), Erin Shea (Darien PL, CT), Elissa Miller (District of Columbia PL), and Jamie Watson (Baltimore Cty. PL). The Author family consists of Simon Doonan (The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences), Stephanie Evanovich (Big Girl Panties), John Rocco (Super-Hair-O and the Barber of Doom), Jill Shalvis (It Had To Be You), and Obert Skye (Pinocula).

11–11:50 a.m.

All’s Fair? Book Reviews & the Missing Code of Ethics (Rm. 1E10)

The Society of Professional Journalists’ guidelines are widely accepted in the newspaper industry, but book reviewers have no comparable code. Should there be one? What should its rules be? How would it affect bloggers and moonlighting critics—novelists writing about fellow novelists, say, or experts assessing competitors? Would such a code effectively restrain practices that can taint current reviews? NPR’s Maureen Corrigan, New York Times Book Review’s Parul ­Sehgal, plus an author and agent (TBA), will tackle these questions and others as part of an ongoing National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) survey into ethics.

12:15–1:45 p.m.

BEA Librarians Author Lunch (AAP) (Rm. 1E14–1E15; registration required)

Alene Moroni (King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA) and Stephanie Chase (Seattle PL) host authors Lee Smith (Guests on Earth), Koethi Zan (The Never List), Jayne Anne Phillips (Quiet Dell), Louise Penny (How the Light Gets In), and Bill Bryson (One Summer: America, 1927). By invitation only; register your interest here.

1–1:50 p.m.

Goodreads 201: Advanced Tips for Helping Readers Discover Your Books (Rm. 1E10)

With more than 15 million members, Goodreads, recently purchased by Amazon, is the world’s largest site for readers, book recommendations, and discovery. Patrick Brown, Goodreads director of community, will discuss strategies for promoting books to this growing, passionate universe.

2:15–3:30 p.m. 

AAP Annual Librarians Book Buzz–Part I. (Rm. 1E16)

Hear what book publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season. Panelists represent Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, Hachette Book Group, Harlequin, John Wiley & Sons, Macmillan, Penguin Group (USA), and Sterling.

3:30–4:20 p.m.

Ebooks from Libraries: Good for Authors? (Rm. 1E10)

Is ebook lending here to stay? Is it beneficial to authors, libraries, and publishers as well as to library patrons? Can it lead to valuable exposure, “discoverability,” and, ultimately, more sales? What concerns should authors and agents have about library ebook lending? Featuring ALA president Maureen Sullivan; OverDrive president and CEO Steve Potash; Jack Perry from 38enso Inc., a consulting firm focusing on digital publishing transitions; and representatives of the Authors Guild.

3:30–4:20 p.m.

How To Measure Digital Marketing Success (Rm. 1E07)

Which digital marketing channels are the most effective? A panel will address this topic from the point of view of publisher and author marketing, discussing options, and the metrics they use to implement their strategies.

3:30–4:20 p.m. 

Rising Industry Insiders: What Those New to the Publishing Industry Think About Its Future: Students in the NYU M.S. in Publishing Program Speak Out (Rm. 1E16)

Graduate students in the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies Publishing: Digital and Print Media program discuss the future of the publishing industry. Topics will focus on life inside the publishing office from the vantage point of those new to the industry. What do they think of their bosses’ social media strategies? What would they do differently if they were in charge?

Friday, May 31


9:30–10:20 a.m.

Digital Book Resale: What Does It Mean? How Would It Work? (Rm. 1E07)

The potential resale of ebooks is of significant interest to the publishing industry, especially in light of recent court cases and patents filed by both Amazon and Apple. This panel—discussing topics such as who actually owns the ebook, what the patents enable, the nature of digital rights management (DRM) and enforcement of copy protection, customers’ rights, and the issues surrounding selling “used” ebooks—is aimed at publishers, authors, and book stores but will be of interest to ­librarians.

11–11:50 a.m.

Backlist to the Future: How Will e-Releasing Out-of-Print Works Change Reading & Publishing? (Rm. 1E09)

Learn why some publishers are releasing an author’s collection of titles and why ­ebook companies are buying up backlists. Find out how digital technology is affecting the publishing business. Lively discussions will cover the benefits of straddling the choices of print versus ebook and what having both formats available means.

11–11:50 a.m.

Building MetPublications: A Guided Tour of How the Metropolitan Museum of Art Redefined Art Publishing & Created Broad Digital Access to Its Publications, Backlist & Collections. (Rm. 1E10)

In October 2012, the Metropolitan Museum of Art launched MetPublications, an online resource offering in-depth access to its renowned published works, covering close to 700 titles from 1964 to the present. It includes robust searching, downloading, previewing, and print-on-demand capabilities, as well as connections to Met online features including the museum’s online collection database. Staff members who were involved from the beginning will give a guided tour of the yearlong process that went into this significant addition to art history scholarship.

11–11:50 a.m.

Perspectives in Publishing: An Author’s Transition from Traditional to Self- Publishing (Rm. 1E16)

Guy Kawasaki and Leigh Haber, books editor for O magazine, discuss Kawasaki’s transition from traditionally published to self-published, with discussion of the importance of social media and how authors can follow his approach.

11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Where Goeth the Book: The Multimedia Future of Books (Rm. 1E08)

An in-depth review of the multimedia future for books as EPUB3, HTML5, and platforms like Inkling offer content creators an ever greater number of options for expressing content in digital formats. A panel of experts will discuss the realities of both creating and clearing content for use on a variety of platforms.

1–1:50 p.m.

Libraries + Tumblr = Connecting Readers + Writers (Rm. 1E09)

More libraries are using tools like Tumblr to help readers discover their next great read. Learn how various stakeholders can collaborate on this exciting platform better to connect readers and writers. Moderated by LJ assistant book review editor Molly McArdle.

2–3:30 p.m.

AAP Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part II (Room 1E11)

The second installment of what publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season. Hear representatives from HarperCollins, Perseus Books Group, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Workman, and W.W. Norton.

2–2:50 p.m.

Self-Publishing: Disruptor or Defender of the Book Business? (Rm. 1E16)

As James McQuivey (Digital Disruption) has noted, publishers are taking advantage of digital technologies to undercut competitors, get closer to customers, and disrupt business as usual. Panelists from Author Solutions and Carina Press offer commentary.

3–4:20 p.m.

Trending Sales with BookStats: How Publishers Identify Macro & Micro Shifts in the Marketplace (Rm. 1E14/1E15)

Have nonfiction ebooks started to gain traction? Has downloadable audio overtaken physical media, and what does that mean for the audio market? Is print still holding its own? Questions like these and more are answered by BookStats, a joint venture of AAP and the Book Industry Study Group. Industry thought leaders will demonstrate how they use BookStats to aid in strategic planning, company acquisitions, list planning, title acquisitions, company benchmarking, and more.

3:30–4:20 p.m.

The Translator & the Editor: A Fraught Relationship (Rm. 1E07)

What is the role of an editor in a work of translation? Often translators feel a responsibility to the original text that precludes strong editorial intervention, but the editorial culture of the author’s original country of publication may not allow for an editor to improve the book. If an editor who doesn’t know the original language invites a second translator as an external editor, this can create further tension. As more international literature moves from the realm of small and university presses to the major commercial publishers, this situation needs to be addressed. Organized by the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

3:30–5 p.m.

4th Annual Librarian Shout ’n Share @ Book Expo (Javits Center, Rm. 1E11)

Cosponsored by AAP and LJ

Hear about the books librarians from across the country found on the BEA show floor. Hosted by King County’s Alene Moroni. Panelists include Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York, and editor of the Adult Books 4 Teens blog for School Library Journal; Douglas Lord, Connecticut State Library, longtime LJ book reviewer and LJ Books for Dudes columnist; Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH; and Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library, MO, a writer for Booklist and Nove­List and recipient of 2012 Public Library Association Allie Beth Martin Award.

Margaret Heilbrun is Senior Editor and Henrietta Thornton-Verma is Editor, LJ Book Review

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