In a year when everyone is trying to read the runes to see what 2009 will bring, some positive signs on the exhibit hall floor. When I came past, the ProQuest stands was mobbed – admittedly they were serving champagne but plenty of meaningful conversations seemed to be happening at the same time. Alban Smith, Head of Licensing and Development at BSI www.bsi-global.com reported enthusiastically that business was growing and the company looking to expand; while Mo Siewcharran, Head of Marketing at Nielsen Book www.nielsenbook.co.uk was optimistic for the outlook for the year ahead. While there are plenty of more pessimistic tales to be overheard in the show aisles and cafes, it’s not all doom and gloom.
Snippets from the exhibit hall – not all doom and gloom
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