So CES is next week and I haven't done any of the posts I did last December. Sorry about that; I honestly didn't know that I could afford to go until the 23rd. I'm not going to go into the same level of detail as last year; there's not enough time left and I'm too busy getting ready.
Parties & Events
Last year I got invited to 4 parties; this year I don't have any invites, at least, not any that interest me. I don't think I've pissed off that many people (I'm good but not that good) so my guess is that no one had the budget this year.
On the upside I did get credentials for the Pepcom event Wednesday night. This isn't a party; it's a trade show run separately from CES. I'm really glad I'm going because I've seen the exhibitor list and I found a number of companies that won't be exhibiting at CES. They're only going to be at the Pepcom event.
I've touched bases with my competition and it turns out that neither TeleRead nor EbookNewser will be sending anyone.This is great because it means I won't have any direct competition, but on the other hand there are far too many stories for me to cover on my own. I'm going to run myself into the ground again.
On the gripping hand, my list of booths to visit is only a third the size of last year's. Even factoring in the many tablets I'm expecting to appear out of nowhere I'm still going to have fewer things to see.
My flight leaves on Tuesday, and on Wednesday I will likely attend a couple of the press conferences. Last year I only went to the tail end of one press conference and that was only because Samsung had an ereader on hand. Wednesday night I will be at the Pepcom event.
I only have a tentative plan for Thursday and Friday. On Thursday I plan to work in South Hall and on Friday I'll be in North and Hilton Halls. I'm leaving the weekend open in anticipation of something interesting happening.
This year I'll be carrying around my 9" Novel tablet, paper, pens, and a camera. I was planning to go laptop free this year but I I'm just not comfortable with leaving it in a hotel room.
P.S. If you're going to be at CES keep an eye out for me.