Book Manufacturers’ Institute Brings Back Publishers and Manufacturers Event, Book Manufacturing Mastered


Conference will bring together publishers, manufacturers, and other suppliers to help foster collaboration and learning in the changing book industry

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) is bringing back its industry event Book Manufacturing Mastered. The 2022 version will be held Thursday September 15th at the Westin Chicago North Shore. The first event was held February 10–11, 2020 in New York City just prior to the pandemic.

Book Manufacturing Mastered 2022 will feature a morning “Paper School” that will cover all things paper. As it is one of the, if not THE, top challenges facing the industry today, attendees will learn how it’s made to its different properties, to the impact it has on the environment. After a networking lunch, the afternoon panel featuring both publishers and manufacturers will give everyone a lay of the land as it stands today. Then attendees will have the chance for roundtable discussions with publishers, printers and suppliers about the top challenges facing the industry today and how they can be addressed. Lastly, the day will end with a networking cocktail reception that will feature tabletop exhibits from printers and suppliers to allow publishers in attendance to speak directly with those that help bring their ideas to print.

Matt Baehr, Executive Director of BMI, said, “Book Manufacturing Mastered was a great success in 2020. We’ve been trying to find the best way to bring it back as we see the need to bring publishers and printers together during this changing environment . It is critical that publishers, manufacturers and suppliers are all on the same page to ensure the success of the industry. This event helps to foster learning between all three groups while also giving folks the opportunity to have those critical conversations.”

Working with BMI, Book Manufacturing Mastered is being produced in partnership with a number of other book related trade associations, including: the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) , the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), the Protestant Church-Owned Publishers Association (PCPA) and the New York Book Forum.

The event is organized by an advisory panel comprised of publishers, manufacturers and suppliers. Also assisting the event are sponsors HP, Maple Press and Midland Paper.

Registration is now open. All agenda, hotel and registration information can be found at www.bookmanufacturingmastered.com.

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