After 12 years away, BookExpo America returned to Chicago’s McCormick Place last week. Here’s our coverage of the show, from the expo’s hot galleys to its conversation-starting programming on rights, royalties, and the state of digital publishing.

BEA 2016: How the Creator of the World Wide Web Sees the Future of Publishing

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, laid out a sprawling vision for the future of digital publishing at IDPF's DigiCon conference.

BEA 2016: IDPF, W3C Explore Merger But Skeptics of Deal Respond

A proposed merger of IDPF and the World Wide Web consortium is intended to speed up the development of digital publishing technologies, but not all IDPF members are on board.

BEA 2016: Kobo's User Data Reveals Its 'Sexiest' E-book Consumers

Rakuten Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn notes that readers over the age of 50 drive e-book sales, though they still love their print titles.

BEA 2016: Getting Out the New Localism

The next step for the buy local movement is to move it into the policy arena, said Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

BEA 2016: In Poland, Plenty of Potential To Grow

Polish publishers see a promising future in the country's billion-dollar book market, but growth will not come without challenges.

BEA 2016: Is A Flat Royalty Rate Possible?

A discussion on Wednesday between two publishers, a literary agent, and the executive director of the Authors Guild floated the possibility of a single royalty rate across book formats.

BEA 2016: For Booksellers, Change of Venue a Welcome Relief. For the Big Houses, Not So Much

While some attendees, especially booksellers, rejoiced at a more “intimate” BEA, this year's show, in the Windy City for the first time in 12 years, left others concerned about what’s lost when the event leaves its standing locale of New York City.

BEA 2016: How Booksellers Can Create Better In-Store Events

Building relationships in one's local community is key to creating productive and profitable events, a panel of four veteran booksellers told an audience of 50 at BEA on Wednesday.

BEA 2016: A Rather 'Adult' Adult Breakfast

The Thursday adult author breakfast at BEA mixed humor with difficult subjects like slavery and the continuing divisions within our country.

BEA 2016: 'Strange Disease Books' and Other YA Trends

For the Thursday morning panel called Current Trends in YA, author Daniel Kraus rattled off a few crops of recent strains he’s observed, including books about “body parts, agoraphobia, and strange disease books.”

BEA 2016: Three Authors Agree: There's No One Way to Publish

A panel of three bestselling authors criticized the traditional publishing model and advised writers to maintain as much control over their intellectual property as they can.

BEA 2016: One in Five Books Sold in China Are from International Authors

“For many, China is a black box,” said Ruediger Wischenbart, director of international affairs for BookExpo America, as part of his introduction to China By the Numbers, a panel discussion which sought to deliver straightforward data to those interested in the Chinese market.

BEA 2016: E-book Sales Fell 13% in 2015, Nielsen Reports

Unit sales of e-books published by traditional publishers fell 13% in 2015 compared to 2014, said Kempton Mooney of Nielsen during a Thursday panel aimed at examining different publishing markets.

BEA 2016: Booksellers Talk Up Their Favorite Books for Young Readers

While there are always plenty of big books and authors from major publishers at BEA, in talking to frontline booksellers and librarians we found a lot of interest in books from smaller houses as well. Here we present a sampling of the books that especially caught the eyes of conventiongoers.

BEA 2016: Books by Whitehead, Patchett Among Show’s Biggest

There are a lot of heavy hitters at this year's BEA, but four titles consistently came up in conversations with book buyers: Colson Whitehead's 'The Underground Railroad,' 'The Nix' by Nathan Hill, 'Commonwealth' by Ann Patchett, and 'The Girls' by Emma Cline.

BEA 2016: Indies Are Back—with Concerns About Minimum Wage, Removing Cover Prices & Universal Billing

At the ABA town hall, booksellers raised a range of issues, from paying a living wage to whether cover prices should be removed from books.