Think books are dead?
John Paul Owles
BookExpo America 2015 New York
Ah yes, we have all heard the news...Books are Dead! Digital is the new book. Throw away those printed books of yours and load them into your Kindle.
Well, if you attended the BookExpo America in New York this week, you would have found aisles filled with avid readers, booksellers, librarians, authors, and everyone else who is involved in the industry. Far from being dead, the book is alive and well. And flourishing. Of course, eBooks and digital books were very well represented, but people stood in line to get an autographed copy of the newest books just released or coming this fall.
China was this year's Guest of Honor at the BookExpo and had a huge presence on the convention center's floor. Speakers presented various topics including, The China Model and The Future of the World.
Christie Brinkley stood for pictures with fans. Actress Julianne Moore had fans lined up nearly an hour before she even arrived. They must have written...or had written...a book about themselves or something. But I digress.
And there were serious authors there as well. The New York Times' best seller Brian Klimeade on George Washington's Secret Six. Oh wait, he's on Fox & Friends. Really, there were serous authors in attendance, signing their books.
The Mystery Writers of America had a constant line of people wanting to meet their favorite authors. Across the aisle were the Romance Writers of America. And not to be out done were the Horror Writers. Yes, every genre imaginable was there to showcase their new books and products.
The Book Publicists of Southern California had a booth with books from the Beattles to our favorite, Dreamland in Reality: Conception, by my favorite author, myself.