EBMA 2024 Annual Meeting
February 5-8, 2024
Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado

The mission of the Educational Book and Media Association is to foster a unique community that brings together a wide range of wholesalers and publishers in order to address the ever-changing book & media buying needs of the educational marketplace. EBMA’s roughly, 30 wholesale and 90 publisher members coordinate to provide informational webinars and gather annually for a conference featuring industry leaders and influencers engaged in one-on-one meetings, keynote addresses and award celebrations. The annual conference also provides vital publisher programming from industry experts and content providers.

2024 is the 50th Anniversary of the EBMA! The meeting will be held February 5-8, 2024 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The EBMA 2024 programming is “50 Years Strong, Efficiently Navigating a Data Driven Market” which will provide publishers with information about fine tuning their data processes and commerce execution featuring sessions with industry commerce and data specialists. We also have dynamic and challenging keynote speakers and programming that addresses difficult but timely issues regarding content creation and acceptance as well as political and social issues facing our educational industry.

The 2024 Annual Meeting Program Committee, Nathan Getchell of American Reading Company and Eric Heidemann of Union Square and Co. are pleased to announce the 2024 meeting theme:  Efficiently Navigating a Data-Driven Market

Click the buttons below for details regarding the agenda, hotel reservations, transportation information, one-on-one session advice and to register. For questions, please contact info@edupaperback.org


After continued success over the last six years, EBMA will continue to offer sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.  Sponsorship opportunities and benefits may be found here.  Thank you to our 2024 Annual Meeting Gold Sponsors!

CG Printers

Focus Strategic Communications, Inc

Forum Communications Printing

HF Group



School Library Journal

SPS Commerce

Unitech EDI


 Monday, February 5th  (All time MST and subject to change)
 9:00 AM Board of Directors Meeting - Gaylord Ballroom
 3:00 PM Registration Opens and 1-on-1 Set Up Begins - Mountain View Foyer
 5:00 PM First Timers Meeting - West Tower Lobby
 5:30 PM Opening Reception - Mountain View Foyer
 6:00 PM

Awards Dinner - West Ballroom

See old friends, meet new ones, and celebrate the achievements of our Ludington Award recipient.

Ludington Award Recipient: Jeff Kinney, ABRAMS Books

 8:30 PM Fun Activity - West Ballroom
 Tuesday, February 6th  
 8:00 AM Breakfast - West Ballroom
 9:00 AM Education Session - West Ballroom

Data is Strategic, not Clerical

    This session will help users manage detail from a wide range of data creators.  It will also focus on the importance of accurate, publisher generated metadata including bisac codes, key words and formatting and provide practical tips and tricks for implementation and distribution of metadata to the market.  The session will also provide information on data ingestion and best practices for efficiently utilizing title data.

      Andy Holcomb, Fujii Associates
      Joshua Tallent, Firebrand

       10:30 AM 1-on-1 Session Group A - Rocky Mountain Ballroom
       10:30 AM

      Publisher Education Session - West Ballroom

      How to Build Your Crystal Ball

      This publisher focused session will provide publishers with tools and strategies for forecasting, content creation, gap analysis, inventory management and backlist optimization through data driven reporting and analytics.


      Meredith Baker, Big River Consulting
      Dan Lubart, Iobyte Solutions

       12:30 PM

      Lunch - West Ballroom

      Over a working lunch, Jeff will get the industry up to speed on the landscape and actions taken in the censorship debate. 

      Featured Speaker: Jeff Trexler, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

       2:00 PM 1-on-1 Session Group B - Rocky Mountain Ballroom
       6:00 PM

      Dinner and Fun Night - Cheyenne Lodge

      Casual fun networking evening.  You will board a bus for a short 4-5 minute ride up to the Broadmoor's Cheyenne Lodge for an evening of fun.  Busses will run to and from the hotel.  Dress warmly and casual.  

       Wednesday, February 7th  
       8:00 AM Breakfast - West Ballroom
       9:00 AM Education Session - West Ballroom

      Planes, Trains and Receivables?

      This session will focus on the benefits of efficiently evaluating, implementing and navigating supply chain systems and solutions at the publisher and account level.

        Danny Schmitz, SPS Commerce
        Tyna Hull, UnitechEDI

         10:30 AM 1-on-1 Session Group B - Rocky Mountain Ballroom
         10:30 AM

        Publisher Education Session - West Ballroom

        How to Build Your Crystal Ball

        This publisher focused session will provide publishers with tools and strategies for forecasting, content creation, gap analysis, inventory management and backlist optimization through data driven reporting and analytics.

        Meredith Baker, Big River Consulting
        Dan Lubart, lobyte Solutions

         12:30 PM Lunch- No Programming - West Ballroom
         2:00 PM 1-on-1 Session Group A - Rocky Mountain Ballroom
         6:00 PM 50th Anniversary Reception - Pompeiian Room
         7:00 PM

        President's Dinner and 50th Anniversary Celebration - Lake Terrace Dining Room

        Featured Author Speaker: Nic Stone, Penguin Random House

        Thursday, February 8th  
         7:30 AM Breakfast - West Ballroom
         8:30 AM 1-on-1 Session Groups A & B (1-on-1 sessions ending by 11AM) - Rocky Mountain Ballroom
         11:00 AM Membership Meeting - West Ballroom
         11:30 AM Meeting Concludes


        Hotel Reservations
        Hotel Reservations may be made via the following link: https://book.passkey.com/go/ebook2024 or by calling 855-634-7711 and saying you are with the EBMA group.  Hotel rates are guaranteed through January 12, 2024.  After that date the rates will likely increase. Hotel rates are available from February 1- February 11, with rooms outside of February 4-9 subject to availability.  A hotel reservation link will be provided soon for online reservations but the phone number may be used now.

        Rates are based on room type and subject to taxes of about 13% and a $39/night resort fee which provides internet, fitness center and classes, on-property shuttle services, bottled water, and numerous on-property activities.  The rates for rooms are:

        $220 - Classic
        $240 - Superior
        $260 - Premier


        There are two options for flying and transport to the Broadmoor hotel.  One option is to fly into Colorado Springs and take a taxi/rideshare/shuttle to the airport (about 20 min).  The other option is to fly to Denver and take a car service, or drive a car, to the Broadmoor (90 minutes).  Hotel shuttle reservations or car service may be made through Gray Line here- https://www.broadmoor.com/the-resort/getting-here 


        Several EBMA members have indicated on their evaluation forms that it took them a few years to make their One-on-One sessions really pay off, especially since they are only eight minutes long. To get everything possible out of these brief meetings, you really have to plan ahead. Here are some tips that may get you up and running more quickly.

        1. In early January, you will receive from EBMA, by e-mail, registration lists for the 2024 EBMA Annual Meeting.
        2. Complete the Profile Form by December 22, 2023: The Profile Forms are offered as an electronic web form that you will fill out online (Publisher Form or Wholesaler Form). The material collected on the form has also been updated and reduced to pertinent information about your company. During the registration process you will be given the option to select receiving an online profile book only prior to the meeting or a hard copy bound profile book onsite at the annual meeting.
        3. Be sure to characterize your business clearly—EBMA members are NOT all alike!
        4. Be certain that the people who read your Profile Form will know who to contact for what service.
        5. EBMA One-on-One sessions have no agenda. Think of ways to use your session profitably. Time is short but, among the possibilities, you could:
          • Bring printouts and do a business review with each firm. Printouts could include sales figures, marketing plans or an overview of the prior year’s highlights. 
          • Evaluate your year-to-year growth with each other.
          • Discuss new promotions or marketing efforts.
          • Come up with ways that you can work better together or do cooperative marketing.
          • Ask for suggestions as to how your firm can be more helpful to the other.
          • Suggest better ways to use posters, teaching guides, and bookmarks.
          • Discuss creative ways to involve reps.
          • Ask about new trends, new markets, new products--EBMA is the place to hear about them.
          • Bring news from editorial about new books and publishing programs.
          • Find ways to use authors regionally or nationally.
        6. Remember that all EBMA members are not alike. Don’t assume you know what another business focuses on. Read the Profile Form.
        7. And don’t forget that “the other side” has an agenda too! Sometimes one side does all the talking and none of the listening.
        8. What if you have run out of time and there’s more to discuss?
          • There is time each afternoon to continue talking at the wholesaler’s table. Keep a calendar and schedule additional time during one of these time periods.
          • If time runs out, set up ways to keep talking by phone or e-mail when you’re both back at work.
        9. Establish a system for taking notes and keeping track of each discussion. The days are long and the there is too much input to leave everything to memory.


        Shipping Instructions

        The Broadmoor, C/O EBMA Meeting Table #X, 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906.  

        Please plan for your shipped materials to arrive at The Broadmoor between January 31 and February 2, with everything arriving no later than Friday, February 2. You can find your assigned table numbers here.


        EBMA has naturally adopted a business or smart casual dress code, although we have been known to mix it up in the past.  We just ask that things like flip-flops, shorts, tank tops and t-shirts with any provocative pictures or words be avoided. If you’re more comfortable in business casual or dressy attire please dress in this manner.

        The opening awards dinner and the President's dinner are a little more formal.  We will be doing another group picture this year and we want you to look your best.

        Educational Book & Media Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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        Ph. 540-318-7770


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