BEA to Feature Unique eBook Technology Center

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BookExpo America (BEA), in partnership with the Open eBook Forum (, will present the eBook Experience, a unique business and learning environment, at this year's convention in Los Angeles, May 29 - June 1. The special interactive center will provide book industry professionals with the opportunity to learn about the latest digital technology on display by participating exhibitors. The eBook Experience has been designed to be a total experience, with a modular layout that provides for a single point of entry and exit.

"eBooks and eBook technology are a growing part of the publishing and bookselling landscape," noted Greg Topalian, vice president and show manager for BEA. "With the recent release of Tablet PCs and the proliferation of PDA in use by students, travelers, and professionals, thousands of eBook titles are selling every day in every category of publishing. The creation of the eBook Experience at BEA is a great, fun way for everyone to see what is going on, sit down in a comfortable easy-chair, read from several different types of eBooks, and experience for themselves what the future holds."

Steve Potash, president of OverDrive, Inc. and an Open eBook Forum board member, stated, "BookExpo America 2003 attendees will have a great opportunity to learn and experience how publishing, retailing, and technology leaders are enabling everyone to participate in the growth of the eBook industry. Whether you are an author, editor, or bookseller, the eBook market is ready for all to participate."

In addition to OverDrive, Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Systems, and Palm Digital Media will be among the companies participating in the eBook Experience.

BEA annually draws up to 30,000 book industry professionals to its annual meeting, including more than 1,500 members of the media. It will be held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For more information and registration information concerning BEA and the eBook Experience, call (800) 840-5614 or visit the BEA Web site at


Watch BTW in the next few weeks for details about ABA's full-day of educational programming scheduled for Thursday, May 29, at this year's BookExpo America.