The British Book Awards shortlist for the 2018 Books of the Year include top-selling titles and reader favorites across seven categories. Sales, literary merit, and publishing strategy will determine the final winners.
With one bookstore reporting a 36-percent increase in business in 2017, almost 40 retailers are put into contention for the Independent Bookstore of the Year prize at the British Book Awards, the Nibbies.
With roughly 25 awards on the list, the British Book Awards—the ‘Nibbies’—are selected by a sizable jury of industry players. The deadline for entries is February 9.
British Book Award organizers have added an Author of the Year and Illustrator of the Year honor to the list of ‘Nibbies,’ as well as a new audiobook category to the Books of the Year division.
What’s changed in a career like Kate Hibbert’s? ‘The status of rights selling,’ says this historian’s daughter who’s seen a lot of the industry.
The combination of the UK’s leading book industry awards with the ‘Nibbies’ produces The Bookseller’s broad picture of a robust and busy books community.
International rights directors at two UK book publishers survey the continued importance of rights to an industry in search of new revenue channels.
With 23 categories, the newly re-introduced British Book Awards are an uber suite of combined honors, known to some as the Nibbies.