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BEA May Open to the Public

In 2013, book lovers could get a chance to explore BookExpo America (BEA), the major publishing industry trade show that has been traditionally limited to industry professionals.

BEA event director Steven Rosato posted about the potential change on the show’s official blog. What do you think–should book lovers be allowed to attend BEA?

Check it out: “This will not happen immediately, but are looking at 2013 to shift BEA to a Thursday – Friday – Saturday, leaving the trade portion exclusive on Thursday and Friday so the industry can continue to meet and conduct the B2B business that is inherent to BEA and open the doors on Saturday for consumers built around author events, but also allow them onto the show floor to look behind the curtain, see what new works from their favorite writers will be coming out like ComicCon does.  This will also give a day of exhibits on the weekend that small but vocal portion of librarians and booksellers miss.” (Via Michael Cairns)

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