BEA’s Chicago move divides fair-goers

BEA’s Chicago move divides fair-goers

It had been a dozen years since BookExpo America (BEA) convened in Chicago, its base for much of the 1990s and early 2000s. The decision to return was controversial, the rationale being that booksellers and librarians put off by Manhattan prices would attend. On the other hand, New York publishers were unhappy about travel costs to Chicago: some skipped the fair, others brought skeleton crews.

So much has changed in the interim: Borders’ death; print’s resurgence; and Amazon, helped by the Department of Justice, has grown supreme. Hachette c.e.o. Michael Pietsch emphasised that for publish...

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