NEW YORK (AP) -- Looking to cut costs, and gain media attention, the book world's annual national convention is staying in New York through 2012.
BookExpo America traditionally rotates among cities around the country. Already scheduled for New York this May, the show had been scheduled for Washington in 2010 and Las Vegas in 2011.
BEA show manager Lance Fensterman said in a statement Tuesday that staying in New York will provide the majority of exhibitors with a cost reduction — and more flexibility in managing their presence at the show.
Most of the major publishers are based in Manhattan. They have complained that the benefits of attending BookExpo don't justify the costs of traveling to other cities.
Says Fensterman: "We feel that this is a move that is timely and responsive to industry needs."