The ABA Convention is now
known as BEA (Book Expo America). It's the
largest book show in the USA, with about
35,000 people attending each
year. Most are connected with
the book industry in some shape
or form, but it also attracts
many savvy members of the public as
The key attraction for many are the approximate 1,000 authors (many of whom are household names) who autograph their books at each BEA, often giving away free copies in the process.
In 2005, industry sources estimated that about 50% of all books signed at BEA were for sale on Ebay within the week - some within only a few minutes of being signed!
BEA will return to Las Vegas in 2010, for the first time in 20 years.
This article was originally published in July 2005, and has been updated for the
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