This post perhaps should be titled "Books I'm Carrying Around to the nth degree." Yesterday I went to the Book Expo America in New York City and am going home with a whole bunch of books. I mean, as in 2 big tote bags, and that's after leaving a few with my friends New York.
|Just some of my BEA2013-swag haul|
|Something for the girls|
As an avid reader and blogger, I got a PowerReader Pass. For $49, a regular person (I.e. not a book industry professional) can get access to the Exhibit floor on Saturday, the closing day. Worked out for me that both of these events were on Saturday, so I went up and down the escalators all day, between the exhibits and conference sessions.
And the exhibit floor was huge! Late in the afternoon, as I felt about as weighed down as a pack mule, I realized that I had only made it through half the booths. On the side I missed was the autographing area and the PowerReader lounge. If only I had actually looked at the map they handed out with registration. What a concept, right? One of the books I picked up that is available for free is the Buzz Books 2013, a compilation of samples of books due out in the fall, published by Publishers Lunch - available in the digital versions from B&N and Amazon.
|Excerpts of books-to-come - available for FREE in eBook formats|
- The day is short enough that you could attend and return home if you don't want to stay over in NYC (well, obviously that only applies to those in a couple hours of NYC or own private jets)
- There is a bag check, so you can drop off luggage or totes of books that you've collected through the day (wheeled carts are not allowed)
- Look at the map, check the schedule, and make a plan so you don't miss the signing authors or special sessions you really want to see.
- Use the mobile app for the Expo. I used it to note all the conference sessions I wanted to go to - found that to be useful in keeping me on task. But, even by Saturday, there were some features that were still "coming soon".
- Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- A lot of the vendors gave out reusable totes, but I still brought my own. I like those canvas tote bags and use them all the time for travel and carrying all my stuff.
- Bloggers - aside from books, there are product booths - let them know you are a blogger and have a conversation about products you like and would like to mention or review (if you do that kind of thing)
- Book Bloggers - there is a separate conference day for you specifically, check it out. (Or if you went, let me know how it was.)
- Bring a bottle of water, some snacks.
- Enjoy your haul of books!