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Frankfurt Book Fair: Takeaways from the World’s Largest Trade Show for Books ›

Perhaps the most covetable trade show IPG participates in is the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. Every October, our lucky program directors and CEO fly to Germany for a week of the “world’s largest event for the publishing industry.”
Last year, IPG CEO Joe Matthews gave us the rundown of his experience for one of our very first trade … Read More »

People Love Pittsburgh: Takeaways from NAIBA Fall Conference ›

“People love Pittsburgh.” This was Janet Potter’s biggest takeaway from this year’s New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association’s Fall Conference, even though the show was held in downtown Baltimore.
Here, Janet discusses her first impressions of NAIBA’s annual fall conference, the effects of having a short 4-hour window for exhibition, and the importance of “handing someone a book … Read More »

Messages from the Midwest: Takeaways from the Heartland Fall Forum ›

IPG Marketing Associate Niki Stuckmann left the bustle of Chicago last weekend to travel across the Land of 10,000 Lakes to the Heartland Fall Forum. Here, she shares her biggest takeaways of the gathering of “the backbone of literary culture throughout the Midwest.”
What were the main events of the show? How do they relate/tie-in to theRead More »

A Vibrant Indie Book Market: Takeaways from NEIBA’s Fall Conference ›

The NEIBA Fall Conference lights up Providence every September, bringing with it booksellers, publishers, and representatives from all over the region eager to learn more about what’s happening in the industry. This year, IPG Trade Sales Manager Aaron Howe relays the importance of building relationships with emerging indies, the successful presence of IPG publisher Coralstone Press, and the … Read More »

Bookstores and Southern Charm: The SIBA Discovery Show in Savannah ›

Savannah, Georgia, a city aptly nicknamed “The Hostess City of the South,” welcomed hundreds of independent bookstores and booksellers to the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance annual trade show last week. Hosted by a different city every year, SIBA’s annual trade show aims to unite in one organization individuals and businesses actively engaged in the writing, selling, publishing, distribution … Read More »

Demand for Spanish-Language Books Is Soaring: Lessons from ALA 2016 ›

As the largest distributor of Spanish-language books in the U.S., IPG takes a special interest in the trends we see in that market—and demand is not slowing down! Here, IPG’s Spanish Sales Representative Kelsey Wayne walks us through the Spanish-language market’s presence at American Library Association‘s Annual Conference in sunny Orlando, Florida, and how IPG fits in.
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BEA, Pub Summit, and Sales Conference: IPG Staff’s Biggest Takeaways ›

Two weeks ago the IPG staff, inspired by Book Expo America returning to our beautiful city of Chicago, came together in what can only be called a feat of publishing endurance. Dubbed by many as the “three-ring circus” of publishing, we set out to tackle our annual IPG Publisher Summit, bi-annual Sales Conference, and the largest trade … Read More »

Stability is Back for Publishing: Lessons from London Book Fair 2016 ›

Over 25,000 publishing professionals flocked to “the most creative city in the world” this April to learn, exhibit, and make connections. The London Book Fair celebrated its 45th anniversary this year in a big way—and IPG was there for it all.
Here, CEO Joe Matthews shares his biggest takeaways from his trip across the pond.
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Why Book Publishers Should Always Exhibit at Comic Expos ›

Report from the Field: Chicago’s C2E2 2016
Every year, IPG’s hometown of Chicago plays host to C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo)–a gathering of the comic book and entertainment world’s most exciting household names.  In this post, IPG Marketing Manager Lauren Klouda shares her experience attending (as Captain Planet, we might add) and organizing IPG’s presence at this … Read More »

Report from the Field: Havana’s International Book Fair 2016 ›

IPG’s CEO Joe Matthews and Spanish Distribution Program Manager Diana Calice have just returned from beautiful Havana, Cuba where they attended and presented at Havana’s International Book Fair 2016. Each February, Havana’s International Book Fair transforms the old Spanish fortification San Carlos de La Cabaña that overlooks the Havana harbor into one of the biggest book parties … Read More »