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BEA 2009: Observations Around the Internet

For the orphans of BEA, there has been great internet coverage from established publications and from the new media (aka bloggers!).

Smart Bitch Sarah attended the Harlequn Art Show.   Harlequin had awesome swag including vintage covers on matchbook type notepads.   She (and Harlequin) are giving away two bags full of this awesome swag.

Publishers Weekly had these articles that I found interesting although almost all were worth a read:

  • Publishers and Booksellers agree that things are bad in publishing but there are few solutions.   One suggestion from Bob Miller of HarperStudios was that booksellers start publishing.   Praveen Madan, a bookseller, asked for a digital catalog of publisher books to assist booksellers in selling online.   Dominique Raccah asked for independents to give more shelf space to small and mid sized presses which account for 54% of all sales (as opposed to the big 6).
  • There was a packed house to hear the blogger panel which was composed of all women and quite a few YA bloggers.   Katiebabs attended this panel and said that much of what the bloggers were pushing for had already been accomplished in the romance blogging community.   (Visit Kate’s site for more BEA musings. It’s worth a read).
  • Amazon is reaching out to small print publishers outlining all the “free” benefits that Amazon offers while also pushing its premium features like Search Inside the Book; it’s POD program; and Kindle publishing.

Edward Champion:

  • During the “book reviews 2010” panel, sponsored by NBCC, the panelists and moderators largely ignored the question of “whether book reviews were even worth saving.”   Champion was dismayed by the lack of passion for books (and the topic) exhibited by the panelists.
  • The Big Ideas panel by Chris Anderson and Lev Grossman was also a disappointment (heard on Twitter that Champion wasn’t alone in this sentiment.
  • It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Champion who suggested that the best way for BEA to survive (and possibly publishing) is that “It has become vitally important for us to listen to the opposite perspective. We can’t just keep to the comfortable corners of the room.”

Teleread had wonderful pictures and commentary:

  • Publishers are spending a lot of money on generating take down notices but not enough on filtering software to use technology to prevent the infringing work from even appearing on sites like Scribd and Wattpad.
  • Smart Bitch Sarah looked great at the Blogging Signing Booth sponsored by Firebrand Technologies.
  • Amazon and Sony, however, didn’t spend much money in enticing the BEA crowds.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Lyrical Press, Inc.
    May 31, 2009 @ 11:14:51

    Frank and I attended BEA yesterday. It was truly a memorable event. We met so many people and took in so much information in just one day, we’re still fired from the overload. My desk is sea of business cards!

    With such fantastic internet coverage we can catch up on what we’ve missed – and I suspect even if we’d been able to attend the full conference, there wouldn’t have been enough time to do all we’d have liked to.

    Oh, and we had the pleasure of meeting Smartbitch Sarah, who was lovely to speak with. Actually, everyone we met was wonderful and we’re glad for the shift in our schedule that allowed us to make it on Saturday.

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