Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Sunny Day at BEA

Tomorrow, Ingram Publisher Services is going live with Firebrand's Title Management software and Eloquence Metadata services. This is strategically important for both IPS and Firebrand, and we have been working away for the past several months to bring the project together.

I think the most interesting aspect of this project is the marriage of the industry leading services of Ingram - with IPS and it's sister companies - and Firebrand's leading solutions in Title Management and Eloquence Onix services. Like Barnes & Noble, Ingram trusts our Eloquence service to make it a central conduit to send IPS title information not only to the industry, but through to Ingram Book as well.

This morning as I write this, I am at BEA 2009 and we happen to be across the aisle from the Ingram Acre (my words) and their palatial 'Booth', abuzz with activity. Despite the effort required to pull a show like this together, I am always pleasantly reminded that, at the end of the day, this show for us is about getting together with the many different people we have worked with in the past and present, and hope to work with in the future.

A late afternoon chat with Mark Ouimet and Karen Cross from Ingram was a perfect example. There was a bit of house-cleaning to discuss about the Title Management project, but it was more focused on ideas and what we can do in the future to help make IPS publishers more successful. These conversations are simply fun.

So as I prep for a sunny Sunday in Javits, I pump myself up and simply remind myself that I just like people in book publishing, and enjoy catching up with old and new friends. Despite the sunny weather outside.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Glad we got the big booth at BEA this year

I thought everyone would be interested in taking a look at this blog post about our ‘Blogger Signing’ at BEA. We (Fran) came up with the idea to invite bloggers to our booth so that their communities can meet them in person – similar to the Author Signings, but with a more new age twist. Within a couple of weeks, we had more than maxed out every possible time slot and have published this schedule this morning – the response has been overwhelming. I am really glad we got the bigger booth this year.

You might find some bloggers that you follow on the list so I hope to see you at the booth!

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