BookCon was horrible. It was the worst bookish experience of my life. Maybe that’s not saying much because my bookish experiences have been rather pleasant so the bar isn’t really all that low to begin with, but BookCon set a new low that I don’t think any other event/panel/insertyourbookeventhere will ever be able to match.
This person even went so far to make videos of the crowds:
And yeah, there were crowds. Have I ever mentioned that the Javits Center was not designed for consumer shows? The comments on the above post are also pretty uniformly negative, so there is some PR to be done here.
Despite the problems, it does look like Reed Expo/ReedPOP is set on making BookCon a permanent adjunct of BEA, and perhaps even making the two events separate down the line. With the crowding and other logistical issues addressed, I still think this concept is here to stay.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.