Book Fairs 2014

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Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Deadline: Sep 22, 2014

Perhaps no venue on Earth reaches the depth and breadth of the publishing industry the way the Frankfurt Book Fair does.  It might be because of the near 300 thousand in attendance, the eight full halls of exhibits covering 100 different countries, or maybe it's just the reputation Frankfurt has as the industry's 100% absolute must-participate event for over 60 years.  One thing is certain however, and that's that regardless of the cause, there's no question that the Frankfurt Book Fair is the most important event on the publishing industry's calendar each year.  Reach publishers, agents, distributors, printers, booksellers, librarians, book buyers, authors, journalists, rights... Read More

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Location: Springfield, IL
Deadline: Sep 26, 2014

The state of Illinois receives loads of fanfare from the library community, no doubt in part because the American Library Association's main offices are in nearby Chicago.  And with such an important part of the national library world located right in their backyard, the Illinois Library Association has good company when advocating for the staff and members of the 3,802 libraries in the state.  With over 3,700 members in the association, they stand as the third largest state library association in the entire US, making it a great opportunity for marketing your titles to a serious and seriously large audience.   Read More

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Location: Boxborough, MA
Deadline: Oct 03, 2014

With six states being encompassed by New England, the New England Library Association has a lot of ground to cover.  As with events in any region, sometimes it’s best to be centrally located in order to get attendance from everywhere, but it’s also always best not to ignore anyone.  Massachusetts is the state that always garners the most attendance, so the 2014 show should see a spike in the number of people on the show floor. Nonetheless, NELA always presents a great and varied opportunity for publishers and self published authors. Read More

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Location: Oakland, CA
Deadline: Oct 06, 2014

Between Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and all of their surrounding areas, California has many library systems on which to focus, and Combined Book Exhibit is happy to support CALA by bringing some of the best books from independent and large publishers—and providing these publishers and authors a way of getting their books to the CALA audience.  Budgetary concerns always seem drive interest in seeing books before buying, which is exactly the experience that Combined Book Exhibit provides—and is unfortunately a truism in California where the state budget is of constant concern. Read More

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Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Deadline: Oct 17, 2014

There are almost 800 individual library branches in New York State, which is one of the most populous states in the union, so New York State is obviously ambitious in regards to libraries and the library community.  .  Each conference sees conversation and research inside the exhibit hall for how to best allocated the (reported) near $1.9 billion they spend on materials and resources.  While this number is staggering, it has a lot of ground to cover, and a lot of the decisions on how it's covered are made at the annual trade show.  The return to the shows usual—and most popular—venue in Saratoga Springs... Read More

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Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Deadline: Oct 20, 2014

After a successful debut in 2013, which saw the entirety of the Combined Book Exhibit fill up in record time, Combined Book Exhibit is returning to the Guadalajara International Book Fair even bigger and better in 2014!  GIBF represents the best chance to break into the Latin American Market as over 20 thousand members of the trade descend on the city to find books for nearly 2 thousand publishing houses from 43 countries (nearly 700 thousand attend the fair, including the public).  Attendees to the fair include publishers, agents, distributors, booksellers, librarians and the public, but as a rights fair, the trade visitors focus on... Read More

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Location: Syracuse, NY
Deadline: Oct 27, 2014

The New York State Reading Association serves a large population of educators and reading professionals in one of the most populous states in the union.   New York’s state tests make these state-wide conferences even more popular with attendees—where they can gather together and discuss the necessary approaches to helping their students best prepare for their early reading education tests, straight through the high school regents exams.  The teachers love the Combined Book Exhibit and love being able to see the books from larger presses and smaller presses that would be well suited either for their classroom, their school library or for the own professional enhancement.   Read More

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Location: Chicago, Il
Deadline: Jan 14, 2015

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

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Location: Bologna, Italy
Deadline: Feb 06, 2015

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

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Location: Portland, OR
Deadline: Feb 25, 2015

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

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Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Deadline: Mar 06, 2015

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

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Location: London, UK
Deadline: Mar 16, 2015

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

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Location: Austin, TX
Deadline: Mar 16, 2015

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

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Location: Groton, CT
Deadline: Apr 10, 2015

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

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Location: Hershey, PA
Deadline: Apr 15, 2015

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

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Location: Orlando, FL
Deadline: Apr 17, 2015

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

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Location: New York, NY
Deadline: Apr 27, 2015

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

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Location: To Be announced
Deadline: May 15, 2015

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Location: Orlando, FL
Deadline: Jun 03, 2015

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Location: San Francisco, CA
Deadline: Jun 05, 2015

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


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I love “The Combined Book Exhibit” at PaLA conference!  I have grown to count on it to learn about books by new authors and those that don’t show up in the review publications with starred status.  On a limited budget, it really helps to see the real thing, close up and personal!  I usually spend an couple hours browsing the exhibit for items of interest to the communities I serve.  It is always worth my time, because I discover such treasures!
Bernice Crouse
Executive Director
Franklin County Library System
Chambersburg, PA
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