Book Fairs 2015

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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: Long Branch, NJ
Deadline: Apr 06, 2015

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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: 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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Location: Beijing, China
Deadline: Aug 03, 2015

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Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Deadline: Sep 14, 2015

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Location: State College, PA
Deadline: Sep 18, 2015

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Location: Peoria, IL
Deadline: Sep 28, 2015

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Location: Syracuse, NY
Deadline: Oct 01, 2015

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Location: Pasadena, CA
Deadline: Oct 05, 2015

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Location: Sturbridge, MA
Deadline: Oct 09, 2015

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Location: Columbus, OH
Deadline: Oct 16, 2015

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Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Deadline: Oct 16, 2015

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Location: Lake Placid, NY
Deadline: Oct 17, 2015


CBE Industry Blog
Having your book displayed at any of our shows can generate sales, interest and most importantly give your project exposure. As with...
Even through Random House, Inc. is very big, the staff of the Library Marketing Department is relatively small -- and our show budget is not unlimited -- so what to do about representation at those important state shows that we can't attend in person??   Combined Book Exhibit to the rescue!   
For over 15 years Random House, Inc. has relied upon CBE to represent us at from 8 - 10 shows per year all around the country.  Their staff is knowledgeable, conscientious, pleasant and they always get their attractive booth up right on time.  No worries with CBE.
And two additional points -- when we do show up unexpectedly at one of these state shows, the CBE booth is a place to hang our hats, host an unexpected author, visit with collection development browsers.
So on behalf of all the Random House, Inc. imprints and our Client Publishers, thanks for a job very well done indeed!
Marcia Lane Purcell
Random House, Inc.
Vice President, Director, Library and Academic Marketing
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