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The Combined Book Exhibit a Book promotion and marketing service for authors and publishers at major trade and consumer book fairs around the world. We help 100s of traditional and self-published authors and publishers market their books through book fairs and shows each year.

The target audience at the shows we attend annually include librarians, publishers, distributors, booksellers and consumers. CBE’s service is an affordable way to reach these markets without having to attend personally. CBE’s 85 year service has helped thousands of authors and publishers showcase and promote their books to buying audiences, saving themselves thousands of dollars in booth costs and travel.

In addition to book display services at book fairs, CBE also offers a complete social media consultation and set-up, book trailer production and promotion, autographing services at book fairs, and help with Rights sales globally through our affiliated company, Pubmatch.com.

A targeted marketing campaign is the key to increasing your sales and CBE is there to help with exposure of your titles in the United States and around the world.

1. What is the Combined Book Exhibit®?

THE Combined Book Exhibit® is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected names in the publishing community. For over 75 years, CBE has been showcasing published works at national and now international book shows and expos, becoming a dependable resource for the publishers it serves, and the librarians and educators who depend on it. THE COMBINED BOOK EXHIBIT’S® reputation with publishers has helped it grow into one of the biggest-if not the biggest-exhibitor at each show it attends, while it’s reputation with educators and librarians makes it one of the busiest.

2. Where can a Combined Book Exhibit® be seen?

THE Combined Book Exhibit® is showcased at most high-volume and highly active state and regional library conferences in the U.S. CBE also attends (as both an exhibit and a partner) the largest English-speaking trade fair in the U.S, BookExpo America, as well as major international venues in London, Frankfurt and Beijing. See the SHOW SCHEDULE for a detailed and complete list of shows.

3. What type of titles does the Combined Book Exhibit® display?

A Combined Book Exhibit® displays books of almost every subject, genre, or classification. CBE will display books from large, small, or independent publishers.

4. How are the exhibits organized?

Most domestic exhibits are arranged according to the Bisac System of Classification. Exhibits and catalogues at bookseller and international venues are arranged alphabetically, first by publisher then by title.

5. An attendee sees my title at one of your displays and is interested. How can they contact me?

Combined Book Exhibit® creates an Exhibit Catalogue for each show it attends. Each catalogue includes a Publisher Directory that lists the ordering and contact information of every publisher on display. The COMBINED BOOK EXHIBIT® also has a comprehensive database on its website with publisher contact information for each book it handles for an entire year.

6. Why wouldn’t I just cut out the middleman and be an exhibitor at these shows myself?

When you allow the COMBINED BOOK EXHIBIT® to display your book, you get the help of over 75 years of experience and reputation bringing attention to your books. CBE also handles the cost of freight, labor, travel and show expenses, making what could be a several thousand dollar venture for you (per show!), into a single manageable fee.

7. I read you have a Membership Program. How much does it cost and why should I subscribe?

The annual membership fee is $150 for the calendar year. This makes you a member for the entire year and makes you eligible for our discounted member rates.

8. I only have one title. How much would it cost me to display with the Combined Book Exhibit®?

You can check the title price at 2016 Show Rates.

9. I publish a lot of titles? What other options do you have?

You can contact to CBE staff for more information.

10. What other services does the Combined Book Exhibit® offer?

Aside from displaying your work at shows, which includes inclusion in the show catalogue, your title and company information will also be included on the CBE online database (www.thebookcheckout.com) for a full year. This site is fully searchable by title, author, subject, and publisher and is utilized, free of charge, by librarians and educational professionals.

You may also reserve a full-page ad in one of the COMBINED BOOK EXHIBIT’S catalogues for only $150. Full Page Ad should be emailed to [email protected] in a PDF file.

11. What shows will you be attending this year?

Click here to see our full schedule

12. How do I sign up?

On the HOW TO PARTICIPATE page of the CBE website, you can sign up by either completing the registration form and faxing it, or using the new register online feature.

13. I still have some more questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-462-7687 or email:

Jon Malinowski, President [email protected]