BookExpo America (BEA) To Debut New Digital Platform Tools At Annual Event Enhancing Networking Opportunities For All Attendees

03/17/2016

Launch of BEA Network and Complimentary Access to PubMatch – the Premium Global Rights Trading Platform for Book Publishing Industry – Reinforce BEA as Premier Destination for Industry Professionals

Norwalk, CT, March 17, 2016:  BookExpo America (BEA), North America’s premiere event for the publishing industry, is amplifying its networking capabilities for attendees by unveiling two new digital platforms that promise to connect and enhance the event experience as never before. The new platforms, available for the first time for all attendees at this year’s show, will provide onsite networking capablities and free access to the world’s premium global rights trading platform – PubMatch.

BEA will debut the BEA Network at the show to the approximately 10,000 industry professionals attending the event, giving them a chance create more connections than ever before. Located within BEA’s online planning tool, “My Show”, the BEA Network will allow attendees to create profiles similar to basic social networks and then search and message anyone else signed into the platform. Not only will the platform allow people to communicate and connect prior to the show, new this year, it will provide personalized exhibitor and product recommendations along with recommendations on whom people should meet at the show based on mutual interests.

The introduction of PubMatch was made possible through a partnership between BEA and the online service for those involved in the buying, selling and marketing of copyrights and intellectual property (IP). Through the partnership, PubMatch will be available to BEA participants on an initial trial basis that then offers a preferential rate upon signup. Designed to make the marketing of titles, aggregation of data and rights trading simple and easy to navigate, this development will enable the conversations opened at book fairs to continue within a straightforward commercial context.

"As good as BEA is in making on-the-ground personal connections, we have so much more opportunity by accessing those digital and social platforms that connect us all every day,” said Brien McDonald, Director of Publisher Relations for BEA. “The debut of the BEA Network and offering of PubMatch takes the core benefits of BEA – networking – and makes it even stronger.”

BEA, North America’s largest gathering of book industry professionals from around the globe, and BookCon, the consumer extension of the show, combine to make the ultimate event destination for the publishing industry and book lovers worldwide. BEA is widely known as the leading business event for publishers, booksellers, digital content creators, traditional and self-published authors, media, rights professionals, and movie and television executives who attend to discover new voices, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BookCon is the ultimate fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide – offering fans unprecedented access to authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see.

 To register or for more information, go to www.bookexpoamerica.com  

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ABOUT BEA
BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. The event is widely known as an ideal place for content creators, media, booksellers, rights professionals, and movie and television executives to meet new authors, discover new books, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BEA is foremost a gathering place for creative writers and thinkers and the commerce they create. It is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself. BEA is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).

ABOUT PUBMATCH
Founded in 2009, PubMatch offers a complete rights toolkit for publishers, agents and authors. It is a worldwide community for the publishing industry that encourages the creation of business relationships and the worldwide spreading of ideas. PubMatch facilitates rights title management, data warehousing, communication and the simplification of rights marketing for publishers, agents and authors, making it the go-to place for the international publishing community to find new titles and new talent. The organization is a joint venture between Publishers Weekly and Combined Book Exhibit (CBE). PubMatch’s members include 150 countries.

For more information about PubMatch, contact Christi Cassidy, 505-986-1142 or 917-217-4269, ccassidy@publishersweekly.com.

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