IPG Shortlist Announced from Record Number of Entries

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The 2016 shortlist for the IPG Independent Publishing Awards showcases how publishers are generating sales from new business models and digital projects.

By Hannah Johnson | @HannahSJohnson

IPA logo 2015Judging by the newly announced shortlist for IPG’s 10th annual Independent Publishing Awards, independent publishing in the UK is flourishing. The 2016 shortlist was chosen from a record-breaking number of entries, and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on March 3 as part of the IPG Annual Spring Conference.

The judges ended up selecting a longer shortlist than in the past (four candidates for each award instead of the usual three) because, the IPG’s prepared statement says, “the standard of entries was higher than ever before, and competition was extremely strong in many of the categories.”

Many of the shortlisted nominees were praised for their ability to generate sales and improve their market position as a result of new business models and digital innovation.

Bridget Shine

Bridget Shine

The agility and entrepreneurial success of independent publishers is truly on display in this shortlist. In an interview with Publishing Perspectives, IPG CEO Bridget Shine said, “…many of the big opportunities in publishing are unique to independents, like the ability to be flexible and responsive and get very close to both readers and authors.”

Shine went on to say of the shortlist: “Every company and individual on these lists should feel very proud, and those who did not make the final cut from such an excellent range of entrants should not be discouraged.”

Here is the complete IPG Independent Publishing Awards 2016 shortlist:

Ruth Killick Publicity Trade Publisher of the Year

  • Faber & Faber
  • Head of Zeus
  • Oneworld
  • Pavilion Books

IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year

  • Barrington Stoke
  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Nosy Crow
  • Quarto Publishing Group

Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year

  • Berghahn Books
  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Policy Press
  • SAGE Publishing

Publishers Licensing Society Education Publisher of the Year

  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Bright Red Publishing
  • llluminate Publishing
  • PG Online

IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year

  • How2Become
  • SPCK
  • V&A Publishing

Nick Robinson Newcomer Award

  • Meze Publishing
  • Orenda Books
  • PG Online

The Bookseller International Achievement Award

  • Accent Press
  • Nosy Crow
  • Pavilion Books
  • Walker Books

Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award

  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Faber & Faber
  • Nosy Crow

Nielsen Digital Marketing Award

  • Accent Press
  • Faber & Faber
  • How2Become
  • Nosy Crow

Alison Morrison Diversity Award

  • Barrington Stoke
  • Carcanet Press
  • Oneworld

IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year

  • Joshua Brown, How2Become
  • Ola Gotkowska, Nosy Crow
  • Sam Richardson, SPCK
  • Rachel Williams, Quarto Publishing Group

GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award

  • Graham Bell, EDItEUR
  • Compass Independent Publishing Services
  • Firsty Group
  • Stison

Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year
Shortlist chosen from the winners of the Ruth Killick Publicity Trade Publisher of the Year, IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year, Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year, Publishers Licensing Society Education Publisher of the Year, and the IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year.

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Hannah Johnson is the Publisher of Publishing Perspectives. Before joining PP in 2009, she worked as Project Manager at the German Book Office New York.