The week before last I was granted a press pass to attend the London Book Fair, and I proceeded to interview no one and then write a piece that’s largely about my feelings. Though to be fair, when it comes to books and technology, I have a lot of feelings. My latest, for millionsmillions:
“The London Book Fair: Many Tote Bags but Few Industry Solutions”
The biggest takeaway from the London Book Fair? The free tote bags. Yes, you heard it here first. There are pens, too, but the totes are where it’s at. I collect four on the first day, even though I own duplicates of two already — one from Granta, one from Foyles. It’s near the end of the second day that I see a spate of official LBF totes hanging on peoples’ shoulders — with my seasoned tote-bag eye, I can tell by their stiffness that they have just been removed from a box and distributed within the past half hour, maybe even less. I assault a woman carrying one in her hand, and she points me to the information desk. “It looks like there’s one left,” the woman there says, pointing to a rack maybe thirty feet away. “You might have to —” I break into a sprint.