BookExpo America

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BookExpo America
Genre Book publishing
Location(s) varies (New York City 2009-2015, Los Angeles in 2008, Chicago in 2016)
Country United States

BookExpo America (commonly referred to within the book publishing industry as BEA) is the largest annual book trade fair in the United States. BEA is almost always held in a major city over four days in late May and/or early June. Nearly all significant book publishers in the United States, and many from abroad, have booths and exhibits at BEA, and use the fair as an opportunity to showcase upcoming titles, sell current books, socialize with colleagues from other publishing houses, and sell and buy subsidiary rights and international rights. Authors, librarians, and buyers for book retailers also attend the event.

The book fair was held in Washington, D.C. as the American Booksellers Association Convention and Trade Show from 1947 until 1971.[1] In the 1990s and early 2000s, BEA was often held in Chicago. BEA was held in Washington, D.C. in 2006, in New York City in 2007, and in Los Angeles in 2008. BEA was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from 2009[2] through 2015.[3] BEA returned to Chicago in 2016. [4]

The 2015 book fair featured Chinese publishers for the first time.[5][6]

DigiCon from the International Digital Publishing Forum runs concurrently with BEA. [7]

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  1. ^ "Past And Future". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. 
  2. ^ "BookExpo America homepage". Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  3. ^ "BookExpo America Show Page". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ "BookExpo America Show Page". Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  5. ^ "BookExpo America Formalizes Plans to Host China at 2015 Show". BookExpo America. February 4, 2014. Archived from the original (press release) on May 29, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015. BookExpo America (BEA) has formalized plans to host China at its Global Market Forum in 2015. 
  6. ^ Alexandra Alter (May 28, 2015). "China's Publishers Court America as Its Authors Scorn Censorship". The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2015. ...Chinese publishers were being feted as international guests of honor. To mark the event, the Chinese government sent a 500-person delegation from 100 publishing houses, and 26 of its top authors. Chinese publishers claimed close to 25,000 square feet of floor space at the hall…. 
  7. ^ "IDPF DigiCon". Retrieved 2016-04-02.