Monday, March 30, 2009

Texas Can Keep Its Music, We Still Have Our Books


Unfortunately, the first chapter of the Christian Book Expo did not result in the success it deserved for being the first major Christian publishing convention. The three-day event had geared up to greet 15,000-20,000 people but only saw about 1,500 consumer attendees, according to Publishers Weekly.

What was the cause?

Economic? The publishing industry has taken a devastating hit due to the country's financial crisis. Even HarperCollins dropped the Collins of its namesake recently.

Location? Michael Covington graciously wrote in to Asphalt Eden to explain that Dallas was a strategic choice for a location. And while we agree that a Christian expo of any sort probably would meet with better success in the South than in New York City, we can't help but notice that BEA announced it would be staying in New York until 2012.

Timing? Perhaps Texas just couldn't handle two major festivals happening on the same weekend, and SXSW won. Come on, we think authors can be just as cool as musicians!

Technology? Things with flat screens and buttons reign supreme over things made out of paper. Hello, Kindle. Good-bye, paperback.

So, what would get you to go to the next Christian Book Expo?


Anonymous said...

If its close, I would be there...NYC

Anonymous said...

if it was close and if there were some authors i know of. i hear the president of World Vision, Richard Stearns, has a new book out that may be interesting.
have you read The Shack? i heard its got some buzz but no idea what its about.

Anonymous said...

I agree, if it were held nearby, I'd attend. NYC of course, Boston, Philly, but not Dallas.