IBPA to focus on active participation at BookExpo 2018, forgoing cooperative display
Overwhelming consensus during August 17, 2017 Board of Directors meeting that by removing cooperative book display, a service no longer benefiting its members, IBPA frees up significant resources to better focus on the services that do.
|IBPA member Steve Snyder, speaker and author of SHOT DOWN, signed copies of his book in IBPA's Cooperative Booth at BookExpo/BookCon
Traditionally, BookExpo marks the launch of book publishers' fall lists -- generally the biggest and most robust book list of the year. For publishers, BookExpo's primary function is to showcase these upcoming books in order to get them in front of those who want to buy and/or promote them: the thousands of booksellers who attend; libraries and school systems; foreign publishers; producers and other members of the media.
In 2018, the trade portion of the convention, the BookExpo portion, will be held Wednesday, May 30 through Friday, June 1, 2018 and the consumer convention, BookCon, will be held Saturday, June 2 through Sunday, June 3, 2018. There will be no overlap of the two on the show floor.
September 25, 2017 Open Letter to Members: IBPA to Forgo Cooperative Book Display at BookExpo 2018
In an open letter to members dated September 25, 2017, IBPA announced they will forgo cooperative book display at BookExpo 2018. Here is the letter in entirety:
Dear IBPA Members:
We’re writing to inform you about an important change in the way IBPA’s Board of Directors has decided to engage with BookExpo on behalf of IBPA members in 2018.
In a unanimous vote during its August 17, 2017 meeting, the IBPA Board of Directors decided to forgo cooperative book display at BookExpo 2018. This means IBPA will not purchase a large area on the trade show floor in which to passively showcase IBPA member titles. This decision comes after months of deliberation and several dedicated conversations between IBPA and BookExpo kicked off by a disappointing 2017 program.
Read “IBPA Report from BookExpo/BookCon 2017.”
IBPA has managed a cooperative book display at BookExpo for over 30 years. During this time, the evolving nature of the event has made it increasingly difficult for small and midsized publishers to realize tangible signs of success. For example, although BookExpo once embraced a diversity of publishing models, over the past several years, it has focused almost exclusively on traditional publishing (the Big 5), rights sales, and pre-publication marketing. Independently published books, whether produced by a small press or a self-published author, are sidelined.
Despite discontinuing the cooperative book display program, IBPA will continue to explore ways to actively represent IBPA members at BookExpo 2018, including the continuation of our author signing opportunities, onsite video interviews, and cocktail hours. At the same time, IBPA will continue to fully participate in cooperative book display programs that offer exposure for and real benefit to our members. This includes cooperative display programs at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The decision to discontinue cooperative book display at BookExpo was not taken lightly by IBPA’s Board of Directors, but the consensus was overwhelming that by removing a service no longer benefiting its members, IBPA frees up significant resources to better focus on the services that do.
IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. The IBPA Board’s decision to forgo cooperative book display at BookExpo 2018 was made in accordance with this mission and we are optimistic it will make the association stronger and better equipped to serve the needs of its members in the future.
As always, feedback from IBPA members is welcome. Please email IBPA CEO, Angela Bole, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be sure all feedback is shared with the full IBPA Board of Directors.
Board Chair, Independent Book Publishers Association
CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association
-- IBPA Show Report - BookExpo 2017 | IBPA Photo Album - BookExpo 2017
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