I had a good time at the recent BookExpo America 2014 a few days ago. Sprawled out over three days in the cavernous Javits Center in NYC, hundreds of publishers mingle with authors, librarians, media companies and book lovers of all stripes. At the last minute, I grabbed a day pass and met up with fellow paper engineer, Sam Ita, to patrol the aisles for interesting pop-up titles and to see if more novelty books are on display in this ever improving economy. I was pleased to see a lot of simple pop-up books for young readers at AZ Books, including a mechanism I had not seen before (which is rare these days). Baker & Taylor showed a trio of finished pop-ups from Alan Brown and Richard Ferguson that I peeped last year. I’m a big fan of the subject matter and ‘Edgar Allen Poe’, ‘the Brothers Grimm’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ all have cool pop-up elements sprinkled throughout the collection of stories. We met up with the legendary Robert Sabuda for some lunch and heard about his upcoming title ‘The Dragon and the Knight” due out this Fall. (I later learned that Robert has a new fan that some of you may have heard of. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItctwLoV7Rw&feature=youtu.be&t=3m40s)
There were many booths with pop-up titles and I was happy to come across Corina Fletcher’s cute pop-up playsets at Nosy Crow as well as a series of pop-up scrapbooks by the clever Kees Moerbeek. It is always a treat to stop by the booth of Up with Paper and see some of the 900! dimensional items they have to offer. Sam and I just missed a book signing there with the talented Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, but did manage to bump into her colleague and paper engineer, Yoojin Kim.
We saw many familiar faces and met with a few new companies. One if which was an augmented reality publisher that sparked in interesting argument about information integration and presentation between Sam and I. (Needless to say, I am in Camp AR and think it has untapped potential, but we decided to agree to disagree.) Soon the day was fading as so was our energy, so I left the Expo with a hopeful view that there is still a place for interesting and thoughtful pop-up books and hopefully I will get to see one of my titles promoted there next visit.