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Fall Co-op Marketing Events

04 Aug 2015 1:26 PM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

Exhibit to Booksellers, Librarians, at the famed Boston Book Festival, & more!

We call them the "Big Three" - NEIBA, NELA, and the BBF. Add in the Annual Conference, and IPNE’s Fall event schedule is packed with exciting, affordable opportunities for members to learn, network, and expand their businesses.

NE Independent Booksellers Association

Who do we love? Independent book stores… and they love us! New England is a hotbed of indie bookstores, and they're experiencing a revival, thanks in part to the efforts of the book-lovers at NEIBA, the New England Independent Booksellers Association. You can be a part of it on October 6-8, 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. 

By exhibiting with IPNE, your titles are presented to an estimated 1,000 actively interested individual booksellers, 250 independent bookstores, and hundreds of top buyers, agents, editors, authors, and industry insiders at the largest regional show of its kind in the U.S. - for far less than an individual exhibit would cost. 

Special exhibitor signings and presentations are among the IPNE add-on options.

Boston Book Festival

Showcase your titles at New England's premiere book event! Everyone at IPNE is excited to again have a booth at the Boston Book Festival (BBF) on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in downtown Boston. What's even more terrific is that even though self-publishers are not allowed as solo exhibitors, IPNE can represent self-published members' books at this important event.

New England Library Association


2015 will be IPNE's 10th year as exhibitors at the New England Library Association Annual Conference (NELA). This year finds NELA at the Radisson Hotel Manchester (NH) Downtown on October 26-27 . The event is co-sponsored with the New Hampshire Library Association, which expects 600 attendees.

Librarians are looking for books they know will interest their patrons as well as books to expand specific collections, so they are as interested in “back list titles” as those that have just been published.  By exhibiting at NELA we give independent and self-published books greater visibility in the important library market, and boost the overall reputation of independent publishers.

Many librarians will already be familiar with IPNE; a few will get to meet us for the first time. Over the years, librarians have been delighted with the quality of books on display. All eagerly pick up the IPNE catalog with its NELA insert showing all books exhibited.  Librarians frequently gather information for future use when their budget permits, and they often pass along a copy of the catalog to a colleague.

We arrange the books by genre in order by publisher. Attendees can easily locate the book they've spotted in the catalog, or find descriptions and contact information for books that catch their attention on the racks. Five to eight word “page talkers” are an extra invitation to browse in the books.

It’s the responsibility of those of us who staff the booth to introduce attendees to IPNE; note what catches their eye and engage them in conversation; and wherever possible to point out that we have just what they’re looking for!  If you’d like to volunteer for one of a limited number of time slots to promote IPNE and the range of books displayed, as well as promote your own books and your availability for programs as appropriate, please contact organizer Tordis Isselhardt.


Click here for the IPNE-at-NELA schedule and registration form.
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