The room where I gave my talk at ALA Midwinter 2012 had this view of the exhibit room. For many, the conference starts with the opening of the exhibits, in no small part due to the FREE BOOKS. Seriously. Let me just say that again. FREE BOOKS. Publishers have advanced reader copies / uncorrected proofs available at their booths, and you can just walk up and take them. Some people really take advantage of this. When your arms get full, the vendors give you tote bags. And when the tote bags overwhelm, there’s a post office where you can mail your haul to your house.