Thursday, May 26, 2011

BEA Day 3

Even on day 3, people are lining up anxious to get on the show floor for the opening Bell.  This mornings breakfast included a very funny short video Ellen Degeneres made specifically for this morning's Book & Author Breakfast (moderated by Jim Lehrer with Roger Ebert, Anne Enright & Erik Larson).  There will be a short press conference to share news on the some of the plans for the BEA's 2012 Global Market Forum feature country of Russia.  One year out and the planning is already well underway.  The news will provide details and scope for how ambitious of a project next year's program will genuinely be for BEA and Russia.

I expect to be back here later today or early tomorrow to report BEA's final attendance numbers from what has been a great show.   In 2011 BEA saw more first time exhibitors (150+), more content on the show floor with programming on the Insight Stages, the IDPF Digital Zone and the new Made in America Pavilion.  There was a special networking breakfast for museum store buyers that I have received a number of e-mails on citing what a great experience it was, already planning for 2012!!    From everything I saw and heard - 2011 has been decidely upbeat and smooth.  I anticipate a big jump in out attendee satisfaction scores as all the problems that we encountered last year with lines in the food courts and crowding in autograpging or navigating the show floor were addressed and relegated as non-issues. 

I want to also acknowledge a number of our partners for delivering on things that improved the BEA show experience from the jammed show daily the PW delivered to the Publishers Lunch conference which was a great program, the Book Bloggers Convention grew considerably....I am out of time as I am being paged now - I will get back to offer a recap on some of the other highlights that helped stamp this BEA as one with a future that is more vibrant than it has been in years 

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