On Tuesday this week, trade show organizer ReedPop announced that its book publishing shows BookExpo and BookCon are being “retired.”

ReedPop, the pop culture event–focused subdivision of Reed Exhibitions, said that uncertainty surrounding in-person events related to the coronavirus pandemic had led to the decision to “retire” the current iteration of events.


“Show director Jenny Martin noted that the pandemic arrived ‘at a time in the life cycle of BookExpo and BookCon where we were already examining the restructure of our events,’”, reports Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer.

The move hardly comes as a complete surprise to the industry, though it leaves New York City – the nation’s publishing heart — without a major trade publishing event.

“Post-COVID, I hope we can find a way to create a publishing event that will work,” Albanese tells CCC. “I enjoyed seeing everyone here in New York every year. It was always hectic, but always fun.”

Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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