The End of BEA 2012

Jun 08, 2012

It's the Friday after BEA and book folk are on their way home, or if based in New York City, maybe sleeping late-or already on their eighth cup of coffee and catching up on emails.

The ebook might not be a physical thing but its presence was everywhere at BEA 2012. The digital bound galley was utilized much more this year, with access via website download codes. The autograph lines were as long as ever but there was even ebook "autographing" available this year.

Digital software, warehousing, and distribution for publishers: they're burgeoning industries and companies such as Impelsys are leading the way. Content and rights management is another growing segment, for both publishers and non-publishers. The Copyright Clearance Center works with content owners to monetize digital content and make usage rights easy to figure out for the user.

Amazon's Kindle Direct and CreateSpace are now working more in harmony allowing CreateSpace authors to easily convert their POD books into Kindle ebooks. Self-publishing platforms particularly those aimed at individual authors were everywhere, with more functionality and control for the author than ever before.

BEA has evolved over the years-from the time before email, the internet or even faxes when BEA was the first, and sometimes only, time booksellers and librarians might have direct interaction with publishers straight up through today and the ever-growing presence of digital publishing and ebooks. It's also a time for everyone in publishing, both print and digital, to celebrate the good years and commiserate in the bad ones. Ten years from now who knows what new technologies will once again change the face of publishing-one thing's for sure: there will always be books whatever the format and the people who make and sell them will be meeting at BEA.