Awards 2015

FUTUREBOOK AWARDS SHORTLIST

Digital Leader of the Year

sponsored by Mosaic Search and Selection

  • John Bond, founder, Whitefox
  • Susan Jurevics, c.e.o., Pottermore
  • Marcus Leaver, c.e.o., Quarto
  • Hannah Telfer, group director, consumer and digital development, Penguin Random House
  • Angela Tribelli, chief marketing officer, HarperCollins
  • Asi Sharabi, founder, Lost My Name

WINNER: Hannah Telfer, group director, consumer and digital development, Penguin Random House

Digital Achiever of the Year

sponsored by Frankfurt Book Fair

  • Anna Jean Hughes, co-founder and editorial director, The Pigeonhole
  • Crystal Mahey-Morgan, digital publisher and founder, OwnIt
  • Matt Haslum, consumer marketing director, Faber & Faber
  • Anna Lewis, founder, Valobox
  • David Eagle, digital services & IT manager, NBN International
  • Laura Cremer, digital manager, Octopus Publishing Group
  • Emily Labram, product manager, HarperCollins
  • Emma Barnes, founder, BiblioCloud
  • George Burgess, founder, Gojimo

WINNER: George Burgess, founder, Gojimo


Platform of the Year

sponsored by Firebrand Technologies and NetGalley

  • PelicanBooks.com
  • DKfindout!
  • FaberMembers.com
  • MacGuffin
  • Oxford Learner's Bookshelf
  • This is Your Cookbook
  • HarperCollins BookLab at the Seaport Culture District

WINNER: FaberMembers.com


Best use of Digital in a Marketing/Publicity Campaign

sponsored by Atwood Tate

  • Harry Potter Jonny Duddle Relaunch & Harry Potter Book Night, Bloomsbury  
  • "Naked on Snapchat”, Fjeldbraaten & Waage  
  • Scrabble Week, HarperCollins  
  • The Sick Bag Song, Canongate  
  • Summer of Penguin, Penguin Random House
  • Tim Weaver's MISSING, podcast campaign, Penguin Random House
  • My Brother is a Superhero, Nosy Crow
  • Shazam Partnership, HarperCollins  
  • Ingrid Winter - the bookseller game, Fjeldbraaten & Waage
  • Little Black Classics,  Penguin Books

HIGHLY COMMENDED: "Naked on Snapchat”, Fjeldbraaten & Waage  

WINNER: Scrabble Week, HarperCollins

Book-Tech Company of the Year

  • Oolipo
  • Ooovre
  • The Owl Field
  • Write Track
  • Shulph
  • Together Tales
  • Gojimo
  • Reedsy

WINNER: Reedsy

Best Adult Digital Book

  • A Game of Thrones: Get into the Books, HarperCollins  
  • Arcadia by Iain Pears, Faber and Faber/Touchpress
  • Calmeleon iPad and iPhone app, Octopus Publishing Group/Papertrell
  • The Pointless Book 2 App, Blink Publishing
  • LUCKY - Professor Green,  Blink Publishing

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Arcadia by Iain Pears, Faber and Faber/Touchpress

WINNER: A Game of Thrones: Get into the Books, HarperCollins  

Best Children’s Digital Book

  • Snow White, Nosy Crow
  • Clunk in Space - Oxford Read and Imagine Level 1,  OUP
  • Good Night Books, YUDU
  • Tate Kids Draw and Play, Tate Publishing/Aimer
  • Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Jungle, Nosy Crow

WINNER: Snow White, Nosy Crow

Best Reference Digital Book

  • Ella's Kitchen First Foods iPad app, Octopus Publishing Group/Papertrell
  • Think Like Churchill, Touchpress/Hodder & Stoughton
  • Essentials of Nursing Practice, SAGE   
  • SESAME Recipe Manager, Complex Books
  • In the Shadow of Things, VIKA Books 

WINNER: Ella's Kitchen First Foods iPad app, Octopus Publishing Group/Papertrell

Best Frontlist Audiobook

  • Awful Auntie, Narrated by David Walliams, HarperCollins
  • The Collectors, Narrated by Bill Nighy, Audible Studios
  • The Girl on the Train, Narrated by Clare Corbett, Random House Audiobooks
  • Go Set a Watchman, Narrated by Reese Witherspoon, Random House Audiobooks
  • Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Books: The Mowgli Stories, Narrated by Bill Bailey, Audible Studios

WINNER: The Girl on the Train, Narrated by Clare Corbett, Random House Audiobooks

Best Non-Fiction Audiobook

  • The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History, Narrated by Simon Schama, Hodder & Stoughton
  • More Fool Me, Narrated by Stephen Fry, Penguin Books
  • So you've been Publicly Shamed, Narrated by Jon Ronson, Audible Studios
  • Travelling to Infinity..., Narrated by Sandra Duncan, Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Yes Please, Narrated by Amy Poehler, Pan Macmillan

WINNER: So you've been Publicly Shamed, Narrated by Jon Ronson, Audible Studios

Best Backlist Audiobook

  • Arabella, Narrated bu Phyllida Nash, Naxos
  • The Bell Jar, Narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Canongate/Faber
  • Ross Poldark: Poldark, Book 1, Narrated by Oliver J Hembrough, Pan Macmillan
  • The Spire, Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Canongate Books
  • Tipping the Velvet, Narrated by Juanita MacMahon, Hachette Audio UK

WINNER: The Bell Jar, Narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Canongate/Faber

FutureBook awards judges

  • Sophia Blackwell

    Head of Marketing, The Bookseller

    Sophia Blackwell is The Bookseller’s Head of Marketing. She has over ten years’ experience in academic publishing, trade publicity and marketing. Her career has spanned roles at Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury and Kogan Page. She is Marketing and Publicity mentor at the Society of Young Publishers and the author of one novel and two poetry collections.

  • Lisa Edwards

    Publishing Consultant, Redwood Tree Publishing

    Having worked for nearly twenty years across both children’s and adult publishing, Lisa Edwards is now a consultant in brand management, list strategy and editorial training. Whilst Publishing & Commercial Director at Scholastic UK, she headed up the publishing and licensing activity around Horrible Histories, Tom Gates and The Hunger Games. She is currently Interim Publishing Director at Templar Publishing.

    Twitter handle: @Redwoods1

  • Jo Howard

    Managing Consultant, Mosaic Executive Search

    Jo Howard is an executive search consultant in the publishing industry, and a leadership development consultant and coach. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the book industry. Before becoming a consultant, she led strategy development for WH Smith Retail, having previously been Director of their Children’s and Education Business Unit. Before that she was Commercial Director, and then Supply Chain Director, for Waterstone’s. 

     

  • Philip Jones

    Editor, The Bookseller/Programme Director, FutureBook

    Jones joined The Bookseller in 1996 as a financial news reporter. He left briefly in 1999 to travel and freelance, returning in 2001 to lead the development of thebookseller.com. He was promoted to editor in 2012.

  • Sandeep Mahal

    Sandeep Mahal was director of BBC's The Space. She has worked in public libraries and was formerly Programme Manager for Partnerships at The Reading Agency. Here she led a powerful partnership consortium transforming the way UK publishers and the public library network collaborated. She was named The Bookseller’s Rising Star in 2012, and awarded a Fellowship from the Clore Programme in 2013.

  • Peter Meyers

    Author, Breaking the Page

    Peter Meyers is a content strategist and reader advocate. He has advised many companies on digital content programs including HarperCollins, Penguin, O’Reilly Media, the IDPF, and Pearson. Author of “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books & the Reading Experience,” Peter has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice.  

    @petermeyers

  • Stefan Nickel

    Director of International Marketing & Communication


    Stefan Nickel is a marketing expert and passionate 'content enthusiast'. Over the course of the past 10 years, he has overseen the publication of content spanning a wide range of industries and genres. This includes overall coordination of corporate publishing projects for Volkswagen, as well as responsibility for German-language games publishing for Sony PlayStation. For Sony's Network Division, he oversaw the localization of the product portfolio in the German-speaking regions. Also for Sony, he organized the commercialization of a subscription-based music streaming and video-on-demand service. As a result of this broad experience, Stefan has learned to appreciate the merits of the traditional value chain, as well as the challenges and opportunities of digital adaption.

    Today Stefan is the Director of International Marketing & Communication for the largest global publishing event of the year - the Frankfurt Book Fair.

  • Helen Speedy

    Manager of Books and Journals recruitment, Atwood Tate

    Helen joined Atwood Tate with over six years’ experience of working in publishing, latterly as Rights Executive for Orion Children’s Books. Helen has an excellent understanding of publishing, an MA in Publishing, and is a natural and experienced communicator. Helen manages the team of consultants working on permanent book and journal vacancies and her main focus is on Senior Management opportunities.

  • Steve Rutberg

    Firebrand Technologies

    Since being recruited into the publishing world some 20 years ago, I have been fortunate enough to hold senior sales and marketing roles at McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Taylor & Francis and Wolters Kluwer.

    Embracing rapid advancements and following the evolution of technology in publishing has been a guiding light throughout my career and is now the cornerstone of my role with Firebrand Technologies. Now, combining my long tenure in publishing with a passion to help publishers succeed and impact our industry, I have found my sweet spot.

Book | Tech Judges

  • Molly Flatt

    Tech and culture journalist

    Molly is a journalist and consultant who specialises in the intersection between the digital and the real in business, publishing and culture. She writes regularly for the likes of the BBC, The Guardian and The Bookseller, and has eight years' experience training companies such as Skype, Adobe and GoPro on how to be social without being a drone.

    @mollyflatt

  • Eileen Burbidge

    Partner at Passion Capital

    Eileen is Partner at Passion Capital, London's leading early-stage technology venture capital investment firm. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Board, FinTech envoy for HM Treasury, and a frequent commentator for media including Bloomberg TV, Sky News and the BBC. Eileen was named one of the 12 Most Influential People in Tech by the Telegraph in 2014. 

    @eileentso

  • Dan Kieran

    CEO & Co-Founder, Unbound

    Dan Kieran is the CEO and co-founder of the award winning publishing platform Unbound. He is also the author of 10 books including The Idle Traveller, and is a travel writer contributing to the likes of The Guardian, The Times and Die Zeit in Germany.

  • Hannah Telfer

    Group Director, Consumer and Digital Development, Penguin Random House

    Hannah Telfer was appointed Group Director, Consumer & Digital Development at Penguin Random House in January 2014. She is responsible for consumer insight, group marketing, audience development, digital product development and the Group’s audio business, working closely with the Penguin Random House publishing and marketing teams. Hannah is a member of the Penguin Random House Group Executive team and chairs the UK Consumer Executive. Prior to this, Hannah was Director, Digital Marketing and Digital Product Development at The Random House Group leading an award-winning programme of digital publishing and marketing. Before moving to a group role, Hannah was part of the Ebury Publishing Executive team with responsibility for UK sales, marketing and publicity. Hannah contributed to the publishing strategy and launch for authors and brands including Caitlin Moran, Delia Smith, Yotam Ottolenghi, The Great British Bake Off and Top Gear.

    Hannah was voted as one of The Hospital Club’s Top 100 people working in Britain’s creative industries in 2014.

The FutureBook Innovation Awards are important to show the industry is growing and responding to change…a great way of recognising achievement.

Past Attendee

CATEGORY CRITERIA

Best adult digital book

Winning entries in this category will need to demonstrate:

  • Innovation: how they made the most of their digital content in a new, inventive way
  • Design and usability: how they created a well-designed and intuitive digital experience
  • Discoverability: how their book or product could be discovered and what marketing was put behind it
  • Connection with audience: how they made the effort to understand their audience, and evidence of this engagement in the product and the campaign behind it

Books can be in any digital format, including (but not restricted to) apps, ePub, iBA, Kindle or HTML.

Success will be measured against:

  • Budget behind the product and associated campaigns
  • Sales/download figures for the book or product
  • Customer reviews and feedback

Best non-fiction/reference digital book

Winning entries in this category will need to demonstrate:

  • Innovation: how they made the most of their digital content in a new, inventive way
  • Design and usability: how they created a well-designed and intuitive digital experience
  • Discoverability: how their book or product could be discovered and what marketing was put behind it
  • Connection with audience: how they made the effort to understand their audience, and evidence of this engagement in the product and the campaign behind it

Books can be in any digital format, including (but not restricted to) apps, ePub, iBA, Kindle or HTML.

Success will be measured against:

  • Budget behind the product and associated campaigns
  • Sales/download figures for the book or product
  • Customer reviews and feedback

Best children’s digital book

Winning entries in this category will need to demonstrate:

  • Innovation: how they made the most of their digital content in a new, inventive way
  • Design and usability: how they created a well-designed and intuitive digital experience
  • Discoverability: how their book or product could be discovered and what marketing was put behind it
  • Connection with audience: how they made the effort to understand their audience, and evidence of this engagement in the product and the campaign behind it

Books can be in any digital format, including (but not restricted to) apps, ePub, iBA, Kindle or HTML.

Success will be measured against:

  • Budget behind the product and associated campaigns
  • Sales/download figures for the book or product
  • Customer reviews and feedback

Best use of digital in a marketing/publicity campaign

sponsored by Atwood Tate

This category will reward marketing and publicity campaigns that have made use of digital in a creative and integrated manner. The campaign could be for a book, an author, a genre, a series or imprint, a bookshop, an event, or anything else book-related. As such, publishers, authors, booksellers, start-ups and anyone who has put together a marketing campaign with a strong digital element in the book world are welcome to enter. The winning campaigns will demonstrate:

  • Creativity: imaginative thinking in how digital can be integrated in marketing and publicity campaigns
  • Audience Engagement: winners will have thought clearly about their target market, researched how to reach it and used digital to connect with it in a meaningful way
  • Coherent Campaign Strategy: successful integration of digital and offline elements and alignment with overall strategic goals
  • Campaign Execution: a proven record of their strategy’s success and planned follow-up actions for retaining the audience generated by this campaign
  • Return on Investment (ROI): effectiveness of the campaign in reaching its financial goals and/or any other relevant metrics such as increased online engagement or media reach

Digital Leader of the Year

Sponsored by Mosaic Executive Search

The Digital Leader of the Year Award will honour industry leaders and influencers who are demonstrating a particular commitment to the digital transition. They will also exhibit an ability to drive and inspire change within and beyond their organisations. Former winners in this category (previously named ‘Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person’) include Faber’s Stephen Page, Harlequin UK’s Tim Cooper, Sourcebooks’ Dominique Raccah, Ebury m.d. Rebecca Smart, and last year’s winner Kate Wilson, m.d. of Nosy Crow.

Digital Achiever of the Year

In Association with Frankfurt Book Fair

The Digital Achiever of the Year Award is a new award designed to highlight and celebrate those who are actively working for digital change within their organisations.

The digital achiever may come from any area of the book business, from any department, and may be working at any level, within a corporate environment or independently. However, they must demonstrate a clear commitment to the digital transition (within the book business) and showcase how they have met the challenge of the digital transformation in their day to day work. The winner must demonstrate an enthusiasm for digital change, a track-record of innovation, but must also show how they have applied this thinking/activity to their job.

Submissions may be made on behalf of the candidate, or candidates may submit their own nomination (please however provide a brief citation from a colleague).

The Futurebook | BookTech | Company of the Year

This new award seeks to find the best tech innovations that have the potential to make a unique impact on the book publishing industry in the years ahead. The award is open to existing book tech companies or start-ups, however the winning companies will need to show particular innovation or pivot in the past 12 months.

Entries for this award, will also be included in FutureBook’s BookTech Showcase 2015, an exclusive supplement that will be made available to delegates at the FutureBook Conference, as well as to subscribers of The Bookseller.

A shortlist of selected book tech companies will be invited to participate in a live pitch at the FutureBook Conference, a panel of judges will then select Bronze, Silver and Gold winners.

The winner of the Gold award will be named the Futurebook | BookTech | Company of the Year. Interviews with each of the shortlisted companies will take place in the run up to the FutureBook Conference on 4th December.

* This award is a continuation of the FutureBook Startup of the Year, previously won by Unbound and Lost My Name. Previous winners are eligible to enter again.

FutureBook Platform Award

Sponsored by Firebrand & NetGalley

The FutureBook Platform Award recognises excellence in the creation and execution of platforms that promote books, booksellers, authors, publishers or reader engagement.

This award covers platforms in whatever media that perform multiple business functions, including direct-to-consumer websites, brand marketing sites, author portals, virtual conferences, and pop-up shops. The platforms can be website, mobile, physical or cross-media. The awarded is aimed at publishers, booksellers, agents, distributors, and authors. Platforms may have existed for sometime, but to win the FutureBook Award in this year, evidence must be produced of evolution or innovation during the past year.

The judges will be looking for excellence in the following criteria:

  • The design and accessibility of the platform.
  • Effective use of the platform to deliver on the stated aims.
  • Delivery of engaging and innovative content which appeals to and engages with the target audience.
  • An innovate marketing strategy to promote the platform, and encourage engagement with it.
  • Evidence of delivery of commercial value, where appropriate.
  • Measurable results: sales, traffic, engagement and/or other relevant measurement

Winning entries in this category will need to demonstrate:

• Enthusiasm and dedication to creating a unique experience, whether it takes place in a physical or digital space

• Skilled and relevant application of the strongest features from other sectors (i.e. gaming) where relevant

• Design and usability: is the platform intuitive, responsive and discoverable?

• Robustness, agility in response to change, and potential for future development  

Platforms can take a physical or digital form, including but not restricted to: spaces such as pop-up shops; interactive publishing; augmented reality; websites; apps; mobile publishing.

FURTHER information

FAQ

When is the awards entry deadline?

The deadline for entering is Friday 25th September.

Is there a cost to submit an entry?

The FutureBook Innovation Awards are free to enter.

Is my submission eligible?

All submissions should be within the following the 12-month period from 1st September 2014 to 1st September 2015.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Hall 6.2, at the Hot Spot Digital Innovation (Stand D22), on Thursday 15th October.

When will the winners of each category be announced?

The winners will be announced at the FutureBook Conference, Friday 4th December 2015, at The Mermaid Theatre in London.

Can I come to the awards if I’m not attending the conference?

Entry to the awards ceremony is exclusive to FutureBook Conference delegates only, and attendance of the Futurebook Innovation Awards is included in the price of the ticket for the FutureBook Conference.

If you need advice on circumstances that mean you cannot attend the conference but can attend the awards, please contact blake.brooks@thebookseller.com.

Terms and Conditions

i) Your submission should cover the 12-month period from 1st September 2014 to 1st September 2015.
ii) You can enter a submission on behalf of yourself, your company or another individual. We welcome submissions from both in-house and independent professionals in and around the publishing industry.
iii) The judge's decisions on the shortlists and winners are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
iv) Your entry must be submitted by Friday 2nd October 2015.

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