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Bernice Crouse
Bernice CrouseExecutive Director Franklin County Library System Chambersburg, PA
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!Read More
Talia Sherer
Talia ShererDirector of Library Marketing, Adult Trade Macmillan
The Combined Book Exhibit team is friendly, energetic, and extremely hard-working. Our books have never been in better hands!Read More
Virginia Stanley
Virginia StanleyDirector Library Marketing HarperCollinsPublishers
Combined Book Exhibit has consistently provided the best exposure for our books at trade shows.
If we can’t attend a particular conference (or even if we can!) our books are well-represented by CBE.
Their exhibits are always impressive and attractive and their booth staff is knowledgeable, engaging and attentive to attendees.
We have been exhibiting through CBE for years because of their trusted reputation and the integrity of their work. In a nutshell: they care about customer satisfaction: the publishers, the authors and the librarians.Read More
Marcia Lane Purcell
Marcia Lane PurcellRandom House, Inc. Vice President, Director, Library and Academic Marketing

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!

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Dina Sherman
Dina ShermanSchool & Library Marketing Director Disney Book Group
Nothing can replace the experience of holding a book in your hand and looking through it at your own pace. It’s why we exhibit at conferences! When we can’t be at a conference in our own booth, Combined Book Exhibit allows us to display our books and get them into the hands of the teachers and librarians who make the purchasing decisions. They’re pros, and a pleasure to work with.Read More
Richard E
Richard EThompson Retired Director Wilmette Public Library Wilmette, Illinois 60091
Mr. Peter Birch The Combined Book Exhibit 277 White Street Buchanan, NY 10511 Dear Peter: I wanted to put into writing my comment to you at ALA this past summer. The Combined Book Exhibit was, for me and I am sure many others, still is one of the high points of the conference. I consistently spent more time perusing your exhibit than attending any of the individual programs. Keep up the good work.Read More
Pamela A. Hatton
Pamela A. HattonGeneseo Middle/High School Librarian

Letter from a School Librarian –
Dear Mr. Malinowski:
Last week I attended the NYLA conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. From time to time over my career I have gone to these conferences. I have always found that one of the most valuable parts of the conference is the time that I am able to spend at the Combined Book Exhibit. it is the one time when I get a chance to actually examine and review for myself new books. I can examine the photographs, the graphics. I can scan the index and table of contents and skim through the pages getting an overview of the content. I can examine the materials for information pertinent to our curriculum and assignments students are given. I can check the size of the print and binding to determine if it will take the wear students will give it. I don't have to rely on one reviewers point of view.

While perusing this exhibit I discovered one book which had lots of information and would have been well-suited to a middle school but the graphics on the cover would have stopped any but the most determined user. Another had a lot of god information on its subject matter but a particularly gruesome photo of a shooting victim changed my mind about the book. I discovered Eleanor, a most appealing early biography I will recommend to our elementary librarian. I haven't mentioned the books that had not been reviewed anywhere and were appealing and informative that I have now added to my list to order in the near future.

This exhibit for me is one of the highlights of the conference. I always plan to spend an extended time examining these wonderful new books. Please keep up this most helpful and needed service!

In this day and age when the Internet is constantly in the news and most definitely in our lives as librarians we cannot forget the importance of selecting books wisely for our collections. Your exhibit makes this task easier and more enjoyable.

Thank you.

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Susan Mess
Susan MessRe: Source Publications
“Good Program! You’ve definitely helped me sell books:Read More
MaryAnn F. Kohl
MaryAnn F. KohlPresident Bright Ring Publishing, Inc.
“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.”Read More
Jim Milliot
Jim MilliotBusiness & Finance Editor Publisher’s Weekly
“An outstanding promotion, service, and value.”Read More