Earthscan makes it a hat-trick at IPA

<p>Earthscan scored a treble at this year&#39;s Independent Publishers Awards, picking up three of the gongs including the top prize, the Independent Publisher of the Year. </p><p>The publisher was also awarded International Achievement of the Year and Lightning Source Academic &amp; Professional Publisher of the Year. <a href="../news/79312-alastair-sawday-hat-trick-at-ipa.html" target="_blank" title=" follows Alastair Sawday Publishing, which last year also won three, including the overall prize.</a></p><p>At tonight&#39;s (20th March) gala dinner, the judges commended Earthscan for its &quot;sound business sense, its passionate commitment to its environmental-based publishing, and its bold but carefully calculated international ambitions&quot;. The judges noted 2009&#39;s performance, which resulted in &quot;striking increases in sales and profits while some other publishers struggled&quot;, describing the firm as &quot;a yardstick by which all independents might measure themselves&quot;.</p><p>But Earthscan was not the only winner of the evening. New member John Blake Publishing picked up Trade Publisher of the Year, for its &quot;string of bestsellers over the last year, and its ability to move faster than any other publisher in responding to market demands and filling gaps&quot;. </p><p>The judges said the company had &quot;pioneered a kind of publishing that bigger companies are now trying to mimic&quot;.</p><p>The Salariya Book Company picked up Children&#39;s Publisher of the Year, having been shortlisted last year. Edinburgh-based Bright Red Publishing won Education Publisher of the Year, having set up just two years ago - something which the judges noted positively. </p><p>Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year went to Osprey, which was applauded for its &quot;content-rich websites&quot; and its &quot;sound electronic sales and marketing strategies&quot;. Search Press won Nielsen Innovation of the Year award for a new series of art instruction books helping painters to trace base images onto paper. </p><p>Green Books picked up the Environmental Award, for which there had been no shortlist, highlighting the firm&#39;s &quot;commitment to raising awareness of environmental issues for more than two decades&quot;. The Diversity Award was won by Trentham Books, while the Digital Award went to another of last year&#39;s shortlisters - Top That! Publishing. </p><p>John Hampson, who left the Arts Council earlier this year, was given the GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award for being &quot;an incredible supporter of independent publishing, always displaying fantastic vision and knowledge of the industry&quot;.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>