The 2014 Awards
The Independent Publishers Guild is proud to reveal the 13 winners of the 2014 IPG Independent Publishing Awards, run in association with The Bookseller and The London Book Fair. They are:
IPG Independent Publisher of the Year
IPG Trade Publisher of the Year
Also shortlisted: John Blake, Constable & Robinson
IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year
Also shortlisted: Barefoot Books, Nosy Crow, Walker Books
Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year
EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING
Also shortlisted: Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, Liverpool University Press, SAGE
Librios Education Publisher of the Year
CROWN HOUSE PUBLISHING
Also shortlisted: Bright Red Publishing
PrintOnDemand Worldwide Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year
Also shortlisted: How2Become, Quiller Publishing, Search Press
The Nick Robinson Newcomer Award
Also shortlisted: Fine Feather Press, Sedition Publishing
The London Book Fair International Achievement Award
Also shortlisted: Advance Materials, In Easy Steps
Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award
FABER & FABER
Also shortlisted: Bloomsbury Publishing, Jordan Publishing, Nosy Crow
Nielsen Digital Marketing Award
Also shortlisted: Constable & Robinson, Faber & Faber
IPG Diversity Award
Also shortlisted: Barefoot Books, Phonic Books
IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year
DAVID HENDERSON, TOP THAT! PUBLISHING
Also shortlisted Tom Bonnick, Nosy Crow; Ola Gotkowska, Nosy Crow
GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award
COMPASS INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING SERVICES
Also shortlisted: Attwooll Associates, Bounce Sales and Marketing, Compass Independent Publishing Services, Faber Factory, powered by Constellation and Faber Factory Plus
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Leading the winners as the overall IPG Independent Publisher of the Year is Usborne Publishing, the widely respected children’s publisher that has just marked its 40th anniversary under the steerage of founder Peter Usborne. It becomes the eighth recipient of the flagship honour, following in the footsteps of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Templar Publishing, Alastair Sawday Publishing, Earthscan, Continuum, Constable & Robinson and Bloomsbury Publishing’s Academic & Professional Division.
Usborne also receives the title of IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year, making it the second children’s publisher, after Templar, to go on to take the overall Award. It was one of five separate Publishers of the Year making up the shortlist for the flagship Award, alongside Summersdale, IPG Trade Publisher of the Year; Edward Elgar Publishing, Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year; Crown House Publishing, Librios Education Publisher of the Year; and Absolute Press, PrintOnDemand Worldwide Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year.
Other winners at the Awards include Nosy Crow, pipped by Usborne to Children’s Publisher of the Year but winner of both The London Book Fair International Achievement Award and the Nielsen Digital Marketing Award. Faber & Faber secures the second digital category, the Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award.
Winner of the Nick Robinson Newcomer Award, named in honour of Robinson Publishing founder and Constable & Robinson chairman Nick Robinson, who died last year—is Critical Publishing. The IPG is honoured that Nova Jayne Robinson has chosen to contribute a prize of £1,000 for the winner of this Award in memory of Nick, to be spent on training.
Accent Press meanwhile wins the IPG Diversity Award, and David Henderson of Top That! Publishing becomes the third recipient of the title of IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year. The list of winners is completed by Compass Independent Publishing Services, which takes the GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award.
The 13 winners all received their Awards at a Gala Dinner on Thursday 27 February, staged at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire as part of the IPG’s Annual Conference. They were chosen from shortlists that featured a total of 27 different companies and three individuals.
Chief Executive Bridget Shine says: “Huge congratulations all the winners of the 2014 IPG Independent Publishing Awards. The standard of entries was incredibly high this year, and our judges had to deliberate long and hard to allocate the Awards. We are grateful to them for their efforts, as well as to those who support the Awards through sponsorship. We must also thank the many IPG members who entered the Awards this year and have helped to make them such a wonderful celebration of the fantastic success and inspiring diversity of independent publishing in the UK. They reveal just how dynamic the IPG’s membership is.”
The IPG thanks its partners on the Awards, The Bookseller and The London Book Fair; its Awards sponsors, codeMantra, The Frankfurt Book Fair, Grantham Book Services, Ingram Content Group, Librios, Nielsen and PrintOnDemand Worldwide; its print sponsor, CMP; and its judges: Graham Bell, EDItEUR; Nick Clee, BookBrunch; James Daunt, Waterstones; Fionnuala Duggan, CourseSmart; Peter Faber, Fox Williams LLP; Jonathan Griffin, PLS; Graham Hardy, Blackwell’s; Jo Howard, Mosaic Search & Selection; Peter Lake, John Smith’s; Brigid Macleod, BookBrunch; Edward Milford, IPG; Lindsey Mooney, Kobo; Hal Robinson, Librios; David Roche, LBF Advisory Board Chair; John Skelton, IPG Patron; Kieron Smith; and Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller.