Last week, we asked our New York based friends, Widad Franco and Lisa Goldman, to check out Book Expo America in New York City this weekend. Widad is an cialis illustrator and co-founder of PixelPanthers and Lisa Goldman is a media producer [Women in Animation]. They were very excited to share their experience with us and our community.
The Usborne & Kane Miller booth set up.
Lisa and I got to BEA on Saturday at 9:30 AM and started roaming the trade show section. It seems the majority of independent or smaller publishers are doing children’s books and graphic novels. I was pleased to see that independent publishers doing books in different formats like accordion books, or even hand made books are sprouting. There is a lack of digital products that are accessible to the user in a direct manner like Demibooks Composer. Most services seem to require them to do design and composition of elements. There is a lack of publishing options for those who want to retain control of the design process. By 9:30 AM on Saturday morning most of the digital area was gone, there was only a Korean digital publisher who does a 70-30 revenue share. They offer to convert the books across platforms. There was also an independent firm who has 1 project where they teach kids about animals in Africa and the rainforest. The art was beautifully executed, very realistic but the book was simple in terms of behaviors and effects—only a few sounds and voiceovers. At BookCon, there were many independent authors using Create Space and happy to share their self-publishing ventures and success stories. Mostly, they were children’s books but curiously there were too many books about yoga. Within the big publishing houses, mystery novels took the center stage and levitra I managed to get a free copy of Walled City by Ryan Graudrin at Little Brown. On Saturday, one of the viagra coupon most popular events was Grumpy Cat’s appearance. Lines formed 3 hours in advance. One of the most bizarre things about the BEA was the gigantic empty stands by the Qatari Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia, UAE and the Government of Oman, when I approached them to ask if they were there because they had some great literacy programs and if they were interested in partnerships to create digital books for the Middle East and the world, the man just looked and me and said – “No, we just bring the books”. –Widad Franco cialis vs viagra
Lisa Goldman with Michelle Nelson-Schmidt at BEA.
Demibooks is most loved at BEA. At the booth for EDC publishing, cialis price I met popular children’s book author Michelle Nelson-Schmidt who used Demibooks Composer to create her children’s book, Jonathon James and the Whatif Monster. BEA is the happening place for authors, publishers and fans. It was wonderful to see so much excitement about books and eBooks. Although it was quite overwhelming due to the size of the show at the Javitz Center, I left feeling quite inspired. –Lisa Goldman