The American Library Association is the largest and most encompassing group representing and lobbying for the national library industry. ALA Midwinter has 8-12 thousand making up an attendance that includes library staff of all levels from across the country and the spectrum of librarians (public, private, school, research, etc). A reported 82% of the attendance of the show play a role in the purchase of books alone! While almost half of the attendees of ALA Midwinter represent institutions with over $5 million in operating expenses, the opportunity is huge. With the additional exposure that CBE's seniority granting us a great location, your titles will appear front and center... Read More
The Bologna Book Fair is the oldest and most reputable international book fair focusing exclusively on children's books. Not only is opportunity abound because of the average attendance from over 67 countries, but with personnel including book publishers, distributors, packagers and printers, literary agents, TV and film producers and licensors, the opportunities presented by the Bologna Children's Book Fair seem endless. Located within the USAPavilion, organized by the American Collective Stand, the Combined Book Exhibit offers the opportunity to have your books on display front and center for this diverse audience! Read More
The Association of College and Research Libraries is one of a few divisions of the American Library Association that holds its trade show only once every two years. As such, the trade show is always popular and busy. In 2013, the conference saw it’s biggest attendance ever at over 3 thousand attendees, and the show has shown steady growth over the past few years it was held. Attendees include librarians from higher education institutions, both private and public, from all over the US. Read More
Comprising of over 3 thousand members, the Michigan Reading Association is one of the largest and most stable of its kind in the Midwest. After two straight successful shows in Grand Rapids in 2012, 2013, and 2014 MRA is being held in Grand Rapids again in 2015, where the annual conference regularly receives over 2,700 in attendance. MRA is a great venue for marketing your k-12 materials. As a population concerned with literacy, and often times comprised of teachers with ever tightening budgets, the opportunity to see books before purchasing them is a huge draw for MRA attendees, making the Combined Book Exhibit a popular... Read More
Last year, The London Book Fair rebranded its popular New Title Showcase into the PubMatch Bookshelf to focus further on rights. LBF annually receives 25 thousand in attendance, all from publishers, agents, authors, distributors, media and more, all focusing on rights (whether buying or selling). Participants in the PubMatch Bookshelf--an official exhibit of The London Book Fair--will have their books on display in a very heavily trafficked area, promoted onsite and before the fair even begins by the London Book Fair itself. 2013 yielded dozens of rights inquiries for PubMatch Bookshelf participants, and 2014, with the move to a new venue, expects to see PubMatch... Read More
Texas is the no question king of all state library association, with an annual conference averaging over 7 thousand in attendance. 63% of attendees reportedly use the exhibits as an information gathering exercise for new products and Combined Book Exhibit represents a great way to get your information into the hands of this reputable group. The 2015 fair in Austin should see an increase in attendance as the popular capital city is an historically great draw for attendance. Read More
Considering the fact that the wealthy state of Connecticut has over 3.5 million citizens, fewer than 200 libraries (not including schools and universities) are scattered across the state, which means that each branch serves, on average, 17.5 thousand patrons. If the librarians in Connecticut don't have their work cut out for them, who does? Because of this, the over 500 people that attend the Connecticut Library Association annually take their opportunities very seriously, not only including the great programs available, but also the extensive exhibit hall. CTLA members know that the number one place to find new books is Combined Book Exhibit, making it a... Read More
Few venues exemplify the adage "quality of quantity" quite like the Pennsylvania School Library Association--especially when they hold their annual conference in the popular venue in Hershey, PA. While the thousand-member association might not be the largest, their annual show's attendees (which averages about 750 each year in Hershey) spend more time going through the exhibits, and specifically the Combined Book Exhibit's bookcases, than any other. It's not uncommon for a single librarian to spend over an hour at a time going through the Combined Book Exhibit collection book by book, and it's rare for there to be any catalogs leftover at the end of... Read More
Libraries in Florida have--for the last several years--been dealing with less than favorable legislation, from that limiting their budget to that limiting their growth, even in the most populous areas. The years of 2011-2013 have seen a slight loosening of the state’s budget, allowing for some more library spending. With this spending increase, and an attendee base most certainly accustomed to dealing with adversity, and how to plan around it, it’s no surprise that librarians in the Sunshine State have also grown accustomed to making the utmost of informed decisions. They know the trade show is the best way to find new products, and especially... Read More
The 2014 BookExpo America saw some huge changes, including the addition of BookCon, which brought 10 thousand members of the public onto the show floor. Another addition to the show floor in 2014 was the New Title Showcase, an official exhibit of BEA that used to be located in the lobby of the Javits Convention Center. The move of the New Title Showcase to the inside of the hall, near the popular downtown stage, and in the BookCon accessible area, so a huge uptake in activity, with attendance at a constant within the popular exhibit. Publishers, booksellers, librarians, distributors, media and many other facets of... Read More
The 2014 ALA Annual Conference saw bigger numbers than expected, with over 25 thousand in attendance! Library staff of all levels--from genre librarians to selector librarians to board members and everyone in between--from all over the country make their way to ALA Annual to see the best new books. ALA hasn’t held it’s annual conference in California (the state with the largest library budget as per ALA’s research) in some time, so excitement is at an all time high. Combined Book Exhibit is one of the 10 longest running exhibitors with ALA and as such, CBE has the best possible location, bringing great attention to... Read More
"As a small publisher I thank my lucky stars for the exhibition service CBE provides. My personal representative keeps tabs on what is needed, and reminding me when I forget and advising me when I am too busy to read their fliers. Most important, my rep at CBE has always been open and honest about which shows will benefit me most. If I could hire a personal staff of book exhibitors to work for Bright Ring, I would hire CBE. My library sales have risen markedly since employing their exhibit service, and I will continue to use them for all my new titles."
MaryAnn F. Kohl, President
Bright Ring Publishing, Inc.