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.
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.
A passion for books meets industry savvy in Tory Lyne-Pirkis’ success as a public relations ace and a Bookseller Rising Star in the UK book scene.
Speakers at the 2016 FutureBook Conference in London emphasized putting disruptive technology to work for book publishers and readers, not fearing it.
‘I’m not afraid to ask questions,’ says Meze Publishing’s Phil Turner, whose line of pre-sold cookbooks has found traction in the aisles of Waterstones and other UK bookstores.
Tech specialist Emily Labram knows the digital context of publishing’s potential and she’s spreading the word in the UK industry.
‘Readers want to feel like they’re collaborating in some way,’ according to editor Liza Thompson, who was drawn to publishing by ‘the process of creating something powerful or beautiful or fascinating.’