According to this post on today’s Boston Globe website “booksellers again have good news to report as the publishing industry prepares for its annual national convention, BookExpo America.” In a third straight year of annual increases “core membership of the American Booksellers Association rose by 55 over the past year, from 1,512 to 1,567.” And perhaps more importantly “the number of books sold through mid-May by around 500 ABA stores increased by 13.4 percent compared to last year.”
The article also discusses book industry trends like the continued emergence of digital companies, increased participation by suppliers of non-book and gift items and the growing presence of Amazon.com and its book publishing program – despite the fact that “many stores refuse to stock books released by Amazon.”
Libraries are also being given much deserved attention. “One convention panel is titled ‘‘What Librarians Wish Publishers Knew: Libraries Build Book Buzz,’’ addressing a perennial conflict between libraries and publishers: Whether free books, especially free e-books, mean lost sales or potential new ones.” And of course there are other issues being discussed like the “alleged price fixing” Apple-Amazon lawsuit, a publishers roundtable on ebooks and a book blogging conference.
Given that much of BookExpo is interactive and is being streamed live on video, you can see some of the sessions at Book Expo America. Check it out when you get a chance.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.