Exhibit Curation Guidelines

Starting this year, IPNE exhibits at most of our book shows will be curated. Through this process, our intent is to raise the overall quality of books that readers and industry professionals can discover through the public face of IPNE. 

This process is designed to enhance the reputation of the organization as a whole and its members individually, as it does with similar organizations.

Books will be considered for exhibit if they meet A and B, below:


  1. IPNE Award winners or finalists.
  2. Winners or finalists of other established awards programs.
  3. Books accepted to previous shows under 2016 curation guidelines.
  4. Books on established trade organization publication lists (see guidelines).
  5. Library of Congress Catalog Number.
  1. Publisher has completed, signed, and submitted our curation checklist.
  2. Completed IPNE profile, including book metadata and cover images.

If you don't meet at least one of the first set of 5 qualifications, send a copy of the book by the shipping deadline of the event at which you wish to exhibit. Books that do not meet the currently posted guidelines will be returned and exhibit fees refunded; and publishers will be offered mentoring sessions and resources to help their books meet curation for future exhibits. Final curation approval rests with the IPNE Board of Directors.

Former board member Kathy Brodsky at the Boston Book Festival, 2015

Book 'em - at IPNE events!

The Independent Publishers of New England participates in three major cooperative book-marketing events each fall, and a number of smaller ones.

The "Big Three" this year include:

  1. New England Independent Booksellers Assn. (NEIBA), Sept. 20-22 in Providence, RI. Reach 1,000 regional booksellers, agents, distributors, and readers.
  2. New England Library Assn. (NELA), Oct. 16-18 in Danvers, MA (2016). Reach 600 regional librarians.
  3. The Boston Book Festival (BBF), Oct. 15 in Copley Square, Boston. Event draws estimated 15,000 avid readers, plus many key industry professionals.
The IPNE Conference Bookstore, in Portsmouth NH, is operated by members Steven & Dawn Porter of ARIA and Stillwater River Publications. Register for the conference and bring your books - members can make back the cost of the conference in book sales!*
You'll also find IPNE exhibits and members at events like the BBF's Hubbub children's festival in Boston; Bookstock in Woodstock, Vermont; New England Authors Expo in Danversport, MA; the ARIA Authors Expo in Rhode Island; League of Vermont Writers; and other regional festivals, town days and markets. Suggest one in your area!

Farther afield? Not to worry - you don't have to attend, or even be in New England, to exhibit at most of our events; though you may wish to attend when you can. It's fun to mingle and help other Indies; you'll get backstage access to excellent networking; and you'll be able to represent your books as only you can! Click here to join one of our event Project Teams.

Perhaps best of all, exhibiting with IPNE is a small fraction of the cost of mounting a full exhibit on your own and our volunteers get to know your books and represent them with genuine enthusiasm.  Please join us!

*  Unsold books will be taken from IPNE sales events (in 2016, Bookstock & BBF) to the IPNE conference bookstore; from there unsold books can be picked up by the publishers or will be donated to literacy programs and libraries.

Book Shows, Festivals & Education

Upcoming events

    • 01 Nov 2016
    • 01 Mar 2017
    • http://ipne.org/event-912771

    IPNE 2017 Spring/Summer Catalog

    *** All display ad materials due by 4/30/2017 ***

    Contact: IPNE Catalog Team

    This bi-annual IPNE Catalog is an effective, low-cost way to promote your books at a variety of events that IPNE sponsors and attends throughout the year.

    The 2017 Spring/Summer Catalog will be published at the end of May, 2017. This edition will be distributed at the summer & fall book events with inserts for exhibited books.

    We print and distribute approximately 1,000 copies of each issue to a highly targeted audience of booksellers, distributors, and readers. We also distribute it electronically on our website and via direct email to to key contacts. 

    Your early registration is very much appreciated!

    • BASIC BOOK LISTING $35 (members only): Full color, 1/8 page listing including book cover, 350-character description, ISBN, and other basic bibliographic metadata. Please make sure all information is up-to-date in your IPNE profile. Cover images should be in both high and low-resolution (upload to your IPNE photo album accessible through your profile).
    • DISPLAY ADS, starting at $45: For display ads of 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and full page, you will receive a follow-up email with instructions, after your registration and payment is received. Camera-ready ads must be submitted by April 30, and earlier is greatly appreciated.


    For display ads, please provide camera-ready print-quality PDFs in the following sizes:

    • Full page = 7.25" x 9.75" or 8.5 x 11" plus bleeds
    • Half page = 7.25" x 4.5"
    • Quarter page = 3.5" x 4.5"
    • Eighth page = 3.5" x 2"

      If you would like more information about cooperative and premiere-level event and conference sponsorship, please refer to our rate card or give us a call or email.

    Past events

    10 Dec 2016 IPNE 2016 Annual Meeting & Elections
    03 Dec 2016 IPNE@ARIA2016 - Rhode Island Book Expo
    21 Oct 2016 IPNE 2016 Conference Exhibitor/Sponsor
    21 Oct 2016 IPNE 2016-2017 Conference Catalog
    21 Oct 2016 IPNE 6th Annual New England Publishing Conference 2016
    21 Oct 2016 IPNE 3rd Annual Book Awards 2016
    16 Oct 2016 New England Library Association 2016 (NELA)
    15 Oct 2016 Boston Book Festival 2016
    21 Sep 2016 New England Independent Booksellers 2016 (NEIBA)
    29 Jul 2016 2016 Bookstock, VT
    27 Jul 2016 New England Authors Expo 2016
    25 May 2016 IPNE 2016 Spring/Summer Catalog
    05 Apr 2016 IPNE/APSS Webinar - Media & PR Secrets
    26 Mar 2016 IPNE Metro Boston Meetup - 2016 Events Preview
    30 Jan 2016 Metro Boston Meetup & Printing Plant Tour
    05 Dec 2015 IPNE 2015 Annual Meeting & Elections
    26 Oct 2015 NELA Conference 2015 (New England Library Association)
    24 Oct 2015 Boston Book Festival 2015
    25 Sep 2015 New England Publishing Conference 2015
    25 Sep 2015 IPNE 2015 Fall Catalog
    29 Jul 2015 New England Authors Expo
    24 Jul 2015 Bookstock in Woodstock, Vermont
    30 May 2015 IPNE Metro Boston - 2015 Events Preview
    28 Mar 2015 IPNE Metro Boston Branch - Special Sales Workshop
    06 Dec 2014 IPNE Annual Meeting & Elections
    22 Nov 2014 IPNE Metro Boston Branch - Cranky Pants Publishing
    08 Nov 2014 ARIA - Rhode Island Book Expo
    30 Oct 2014 IPNE Metro Boston Branch - with Bunker Hill Press
    25 Oct 2014 Boston Book Festival
    19 Oct 2014 NELA Conference 2014 (New England Library Association)
    30 Sep 2014 NEIBA Fall Conference 2014 (New England Independent Booksellers)
    04 Apr 2014 New England Publishing Conference 2014
    04 Jan 2014 IPNE Book Awards
    20 Oct 2013 NELA Conference 2013 (New England Library Association)
    06 Oct 2013 NEIBA Fall Conference 2013
    26 Aug 2013 Book Ads, IPNE Fall Catalog, Deadline Sept. 18
    19 Apr 2013 New England Publishing Conference 2013
    27 Oct 2012 Boston Book Festival
    14 Oct 2012 NELA Conference 2012 (New England Library Association)
    03 Oct 2012 NEIBA Fall Conference 2012
    28 Jul 2012 Bookstock (taking place in Woodstock, Vermont)
    27 Apr 2012 New England Publishing Conference 2012
    03 Dec 2011 IPNE Digital Publishing Tutorials: Tutorial 2. Digital Book Production: Deep Dive
    22 Oct 2011 IPNE Digital Publishing Tutorials: Tutorial 1. Digital Publishing: An Introduction
    15 Oct 2011 Boston Book Festival
    12 Oct 2011 NEIBA Fall Conference 2011
    02 Oct 2011 NELA Conference 2011 (New England Library Association)
    30 Jul 2011 Bookstock (taking place in Woodstock, Vermont)
    15 Nov 2010 How to Negotiate Large-Quantity Sales
    08 Nov 2010 Preparing For And Making Presentations For Large-Quantity Sales
    01 Nov 2010 How to Find More Buyers for Your Books in Non-Bookstore Markets
    19 Oct 2010 November 2010 Vendor Spotlight
    17 Oct 2010 IPNE Annual Members Meeting - Pay your own lunch
    17 Oct 2010 NELA Conference 2010 (New England Library Association)
    16 Oct 2010 January 2011 Vendor Spotlight
    16 Oct 2010 December 2010 Vendor Spotlight
    09 Oct 2010 October 2010 Vendor Spotlight
    01 Oct 2010 NEIBA Fall Conference 2010
    31 Jul 2010 Bookstock (taking place in Woodstock, VT)
    04 Jun 2010 Espresso Book Machine tours
    15 Jan 2010 American Library Association - Midwinter Meeting 2010
    18 Oct 2009 NELA Annual Conference
    02 Oct 2009 NEIBA - New England Independent Booksellers
    25 Sep 2009 Burlington Book Festival 2009
    06 May 2009 Massachusetts Library Association
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