SOURCE: New Marketing Labs, Bargain Book News

March 17, 2011 10:20 ET

Spring Book Show to Become GABBS Atlanta; GABBS Network for Bargain Books and Related Products Announced

KNOXVILLE, TN and ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - LB May & Associates today announced the creation of the 'GABBS Network,' a year-round set of products and services under the 'Great American Bargain Books' branding. The GABBS Network, a first of its kind network structure in the United States, provides end-to-end solutions for publishers, wholesalers and retail outlets in the book marketplace globally.

"Our two national face-to-face event programs have been growing well in recent years, and with our expanded online news services the time was right to bring all of the opportunities together under a common brand: GABBS. The GABBS Network now offers single sourcing of offline and online marketplaces, keeping GABBS and our customers extremely competitive in this changing publishing and retail world," said Larry B. May, president and founder of the GABBS Network. "With the turmoil in the mainstream book retail market, bargain books and related products including puzzles, stationery and games continue to do well and with the Network we are now able to help maximize customer promotions."

The first 2011 program in the GABBS Network line-up is the Atlanta-based Spring Book Show, a sold-out program for over 70 exhibitors, March 25-27 at Cobb Galleria in Atlanta. Along with the Spring Book Show, now known as 'GABBS Atlanta,' comes the debut of the GABBS Bargain Book News Magazine, a buyer's guide for the wholesale and retail book trade. 

The GABBS Network includes:

  • GABBS Atlanta and GABBS Boston exposition marketplaces
  • GABBS Bargain Book News e-newsletter, and the associated GABBS website with deep, searchable archives
  • GABBS Bargain Book News Magazine, buyers guides associated with the marketplaces
  • GABBS Training, including conference sessions onsite at the expositions and web-based webinars
  • GABBS Research, a service providing insight and analysis on trends in the off-price and bargain book and related markets globally
  • GABBS TV, a series of web TV short programs with leading industry influencers and customers

Jeff Press, founder and CEO of World Publications Group and JG Press in East Bridgewater, MA and a major client of the GABBS Network, added, "Larry and his team provide an excellent and valuable set of marketplace opportunities. Tying them together under the GABBS Network structure enhances their positioning and will help both the industry and the individual companies grow and gain valuable exposure at the wholesale and retail level."

For more information on the GABBS Network and their offline and online opportunities contact or (865) 922-7490.

About GABBS Atlanta: The Spring Book Show, in its 16th year this year includes several significant industry education partners: SIBA, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and the ABA, the American Booksellers Association. GABBS Atlanta opens on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM for the conference and 10:00 AM for the exposition.

About LB May & Associates: founded in 1992 the company has specialized in both bargain book reselling and includes affiliates Freight Management Systems and Wordsworth Classics booksellers. and

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