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THE 2015 IPG INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING AWARDS

IPG Independent Publishing Awards shortlists revealed
The Independent Publishers Guild is delighted to reveal the shortlists for the ninth annual IPG Independent Publishing Awards, run in association with Fox Williams LLP and The Bookseller. The shortlists are in 12 categories and feature a total of 39 nominations. They are:
Inkubate Trade Publisher of the Year
Carcanet Press, Pavilion Books, Pushkin Press
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IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year
Bloomsbury Publishing, Nosy Crow, Usborne Publishing, Walker Books
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Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year
Bloomsbury Publishing, Academic and Professional Division; Jordan Publishing; Liverpool University Press
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Librios Education Publisher of the Year
Illuminate Publishing, Jolly Learning, Letterland
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IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year
How2Become, Quiller Publishing, Search Press
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The Nick Robinson Newcomer Award
Galley Beggar Press, Really Decent Books, Rowman & Littlefield International
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The Bookseller International Achievement of the Year
Edward Elgar Publishing, Letterland, Usborne Publishing
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Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award
Bloomsbury Publishing, Academic and Professional Division; Edward Elgar Publishing; Nosy Crow
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Nielsen Digital Marketing Award
Edward Elgar Publishing, How2Become, Nosy Crow
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The Alison Morrison Diversity Award
Alanna Books, Carcanet Press, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, Shade 7 Publishing
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IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year
Tom Bonnick, Nosy Crow; Sam Hutchinson, B Small Publishing; Hajera Memon, Shade 7 Publishing
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GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award
Abrams & Chronicle Books, Faber Factory, Faber Factory Plus, Propagator
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One more Award, for the overall Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year, will have a shortlist that is made up of the winners of the five Publisher of the Year categories.
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The shortlists were compiled over two days of scrupulous and intensive judging by more than a dozen industry experts working in panels. They honour 25 different companies and three individuals, drawn from all fields of publishing and representing the very best of the independent sector.
Three publishers have three company nominations apiece on the shortlists: Bloomsbury Publishing, Edward Elgar Publishing and Nosy Crow. Another five have secured two shortlistings: Carcanet Press, Faber & Faber, How2Become, Letterland and Usborne Publishing.
The nominations also include 11 companies—nearly half of the total—for whom this is a first time on an IPG Independent Publishing Award shortlist: Abrams & Chronicle Books, Alanna Books, Carcanet Press, Galley Beggar Press, Illuminate Publishing, Letterland, Propagator, Pushkin Press, Really Decent Books, Rowman & Littlefield International and Shade 7 Publishing.
The 13 winners of the 2015 IPG Independent Publishing Awards will all be revealed at a Gala Dinner during the IPG’s Annual Spring Conference on Thursday 5 March. They will join a roll-call of winners that includes eight previous IPG Independent Publishers of the Year: Jessica Kingsley, Templar, Alastair Sawday, Earthscan, Continuum, Constable & Robinson, Bloomsbury Publishing’s Academic and Professional Division and Usborne Publishing.
IPG Chief Executive Bridget Shine said:
Competition for places on the shortlists in our ninth year was stronger than ever, and we thank every IPG member who made it so by submitting entries. Our judges have produced a dozen superb shortlists and we salute all the companies and individuals on them. We are particularly delighted to welcome so many newcomers to the lists, which show not just the vibrancy and diversity of independent publishing but the constant emergence of exciting new companies. We are really looking forward to celebrating the achievements of all of them in early March.
The IPG is proud to be associating two of its Awards in 2015 with admired individuals from the publishing industry. The Nick Robinson Newcomer Award honours the founder of Robinson Publishing and chairman of Constable & Robinson, Nick Robinson, whose entrepreneurialism and spirit of independence inspired many IPG members. The Alison Morrison Diversity Award is named in memory of Alison Morrison, former marketing director at IPG member Walker Books and chair of Booktrust, who died late last year. She was co-founder of DipNet, a pioneering network promoting equality in publishing that did much to encourage diversity in the industry.

The Independent Publisher of the Year award is sponsored by Fox Williams.

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With thanks to all the official sponsors and supporters of the Independent Publishing Awards 2015.
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