Friday, June 26, 2015

Australian Bookseller Shares Thoughts on First BEA Experience

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    After attending his first BookExpo America this year, Australian bookseller Jay Lansdown offered Bookselling This Week a unique perspective on the American bookselling industry’s biggest event. 

    Lansdown, who owns Constant Reader Bookshop, one of the oldest independent bookstores in Sydney, said he invested in making the long trip to New York City after speaking to colleagues who had previously attended the conference. 

    Once he got to the trade show, Lansdown was delighted to meet authors whom he had long admired, including Neil Stephenson and Alice Hoffman, to gather up “many kilos of proofs” (or, in American parlance, many pounds of galleys), and to attend BEA’s Bloggers Conference, which he deemed an “invaluable learning experience.”

    Overall, the three-day event at the Javits Convention Center this May was overwhelming in its sheer size and scope, Lansdown said, especially for an enthusiastic booklover like himself.

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