Being a member of the Book Industry Guild of New York offers many benefits!

See below for more information about membership benefits and registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Bretan, our Financial Secretary at

Benefits of BIGNY

Informational Program and Networking Nights (7 times/year) – Seminars on important, timely, and engaging topics are presented by leading professionals across all aspects of publishing. Corporate accounts are allotted a set number of free admissions to each meeting, dependent upon their account level.

Prior to the event, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer* while meeting others within the publishing industry to build professional networks that will enrich your career.

$45/online purchase for members, $75/non-members and at-the-door member purchases. (Please note we are discontinuing the $5/speaker-only admission option.)

Barge Bash – An annual cruise party with full meal, drinks*, and entertainment provided.

The New York Book Show – Our annual design and production contest. Come see some of the winning books on display while mingling with other industry professionals. Food and drink* are provided.

Holiday Happy Hour – Celebrate the holidays with other industry professionals. BIGNY members admitted for free. Open bar* and appetizers provided.

Basically Books  –  An annual series of lectures geared toward junior-level industry professionals.

Annual Plant/Mill Trips – Each year, we visit one or two printing plants and/or mills to learn more about book production. Transportation and overnight accommodations are provided for junior-level BIGNY members or employees of corporate accounts.

BIGNY Volunteer Opportunities – BIGNY has many ways you can serve the publishing community while utilizing your existing talents, learning new skills, building your resume, and having fun. Committees include the Programs Committee, a number of Book Show committees, and many more. For more information, click here.

*Alcoholic beverages are provided only to those 21 and older. ID may be requested.

Membership Fees

Membership fees are paid for one full year.  Rates are as follows:

Individual Membership – $50/year

Corporate Memberships – Yearly membership includes a set number of FREE Program Admissions AND Corresponding Memberships**. Membership levels are as follows:

  • Copper Membership – $700/year (1 FREE Program attendee/month & 2 Corresponding Memberships)
  • Bronze Membership – $1,400/year (3 FREE Program attendees/month & 5 Corresponding Memberships)
  • Silver Membership – $2,100/year (5 FREE Program attendees/month & 7 Corresponding Memberships)
  • Gold Membership – $2,800/year (7 FREE Program attendees/month & 10 Corresponding Memberships)
  • Platinum Membership – $3,500/year (10 FREE Program attendees/month & 15 Corresponding Memberships)

** Corresponding Memberships can be granted by a corporate member to any of its employees. That employee will enjoy full BIGNY individual membership status for as long as he/she remains employed by their company and/or as long as their company remains a corporate member in good standing. Corresponding memberships can be transferred from one employee to another upon notification to the the Guild’s Financial Secretary.