Sainsbury’s Finalists for Ebooks of the Year 2014

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

The UK retail chain Sainsbury’s has opened voting for its “ebooks of the year” prize, with several international names shortlisted.

By Edward Nawotka

Sainsbury's ebooks of the yearFor the second year, eBooks by Sainsbury’s has announced its shortlist for the annual eBook of the Year awards, with several first time authors and some top international names.

The winner will be decided by public poll at eBooks of the Year. Voting closes on December 11 with the winners announced on the 15th.

“These awards are unique in that they celebrate Britain’s most popular eBooks, the books that bring reading to a huge audience wherever they are,” said Sharon Nightingale, Head of Commercial at eBooks by Sainsbury’s. “Our long list for 2014 is rich and varied, fully reflecting what a spectacular year it has been, particularly for debut authors. We are honoured to support the industry and authors alike by encouraging people to go out and discover the fantastic reads that have made this year so special.”

Highlights from the eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year long list include:

Literary Fiction

  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Penguin UK)
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (Random House UK)
  • The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker (Quercus Books)
  • The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop (Headline)

Popular Fiction

  • The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh (Headline)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Penguin UK)
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Orion)
  • The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (Penguin UK)

Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • The Martian by Andy Weir (Random House UK)
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (Headline)
  • The Girl With All The Gifts by R. Carey (Little Brown)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Headline)

Historical Fiction

  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (Little Brown)
  • The Blood Crows by Simon Scarrow (Headline)
  • Lamentation by C.J. Sansom (Macmillan)
  • Desert God by Wilbur Smith (Harper Collins UK)


  • This Boy by Alan Johnson (Random House UK)
  • There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You by Linda Bellingham (Hodder)
  • So, Anyway by John Cleese (Random House UK)
  • Guy Martin: My Autobiography by Guy Martin (Random House UK)

Crime and Thriller

  • Cross My Heart by James Patterson (Random House UK)
  • Want You Dead by Peter James (Macmillan)
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Little Brown)
  • Personal by Lee Child (Random House UK)
About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.