Spring Book Show 2006 Comes to Atlanta’s World Congress Center March 17-19

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More than 50,000 bargain book titles will be available for quantity buyers – bookstores and chains, online vendors, librarians, school media specialists.

Spring Book Show 2006, the South’s largest bargain book show, comes to Atlanta on March 17-19.

This year’s show will draw more than 100 dealers to the Georgia World Congress Center. They will be offering more than 50,000 book titles at bargain prices to hundreds of buyers from bookstores, public and academic libraries and K-12 school media specialists.

According to show organizer Larry May of Knoxville, Tenn., this year’s theme, “Think green this spring,” was chosen to reflect the St. Patrick’s holiday weekend. A “good ole’ Irish gig” to permit conferees to socialize is planned for the evening of March 17. Special activities planned include the giveaway of a St. Patrick’s Day “pot o’ gold” (a skid of books) to one lucky attendee.

May said the largest remainder dealers from the United States, Canada and Great Britain will be attending the Atlanta show. They’ll display their wares – the largest collection of remainder books, returns, slightly hurts and white sales and promotional books in the nation – at 500-plus display units in more than 60,000 square feet of space.

The Spring Book Show caters to buyers who purchase 25 or more copies of individual titles from dealers who specialize in remainders. A number of innovations will be featured at this year’s show.

A new Christian Bargain Book Forum, designed to introduce Christian bookstores to the world of bargain books and general trade bookstores to inspirational products, is among the new features.

Another innovation is that school media specialists, public and academic librarians, school principals and superintendents and other public employees who purchase books in quantity will for the first time be able to attend the show free. They’ll be able to buy titles – including Caldecott and Newbury children’s book award winners and a wide selection of classics – for far less than retail. “We wanted to give school systems, colleges, librarians and educators the opportunity to essentially quadruple their book buying budget for the coming year,” May said. “Any educator can come to the show for free. Educators and librarians who plan to attend should register at the Spring Book Show Web site (http://www.springbookshow.com) to get their credentials.”

New educational programming will also be a feature at this year’s show. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) will conduct bookseller education during non-exhibit hours. “In addition to exhibiting at this year’s show, SIBA will provide independent booksellers with the opportunity to share their successes with each other,” said Cathie Eargle, the show coordinator.

Wanda Jewell, executive director of SIBA, added, “We are excited to partner with The Spring Book Show and take the opportunity to gather together and learn from one another.” SIBA will conduct seminars and round table discussions on the mornings of March 17-18 before show hours.

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