Hachette, PRH lead BIA shortlists

Hachette, PRH lead BIA shortlists

With strong years from its Hodder & Stoughton, Orion and Little, Brown divisions, Hachette UK has notched up the record number of shortlistings in Bookseller Industry Awards history. It has 16 nominations for the 2014 awards, two more than Penguin Random House. Hodder, Orion and Little, Brown will face off against PRH divisions Penguin, Transworld and Vintage for the Publisher of the Year crown, joined by Faber & Faber, HarperCollins and Pan Macmillan.

Foyles will vie to be Book Retailer of the Year (formerly National Bookseller of the Year) for a third successive year. The London mini-chain faces competition from Blackwell’s, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. Foyles leads the retailers with four nominations, while Blackwell’s and Sainsbury’s (including its e-book business) have three nods apiece. Blackwell’s will look to extend its enviable run in the young bookseller and manager categories, which it has won for three consecutive years, and three of the last four years, respectively.

Nigel Roby, The Bookseller publisher and c.e.o., praised the “extraordinarily high” quality of the 2014 entries. He said: “Our judges had some extremely tough decisions to get down to this number of shortlistees. All those who sent entries in show that the book trade is bursting with innovation, passion and entrepreneurial spirit.”

After Hachette and PRH, the Macmillan group chalked up the most nods with six (five for Pan Mac, one for Palgrave Macmillan), whilst HarperCollins has five nominations. HC is the only publisher to be battling for the top prizes in the academic, children's and overall publishing categories. For independent publishers, both Canongate and Faber have three shortlistings, whilst the Edinburgh Book Shop and Winstone's are vying for both the Independent Bookshop of the Year (sponsored by Gardners) and Children's Bookseller of the Year (sponsored by Macmillan's Children's Books).     

Overall, there are 127 shortlisted candidates in 20 categories, including the indie bookshops shortlist. Additionally two, non-shortlisted prizes—the BA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Book Trade and the new Bookseller’s Special Award—will be presented on the night.

The awards will take place at a gala ceremony at the Park Lane Hilton, London, on 12th May. The Bookseller has extended its Early Bird Special for table bookings until 21st March.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year, sponsored by Bertrams
Bloomsbury academic & professional
Collins Learning  - Harpercollins
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan

Book Retailer of the Year

Children’s Bookseller of the Year, sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Books
Barefoot Books
The Edinburgh Bookshop
Storytellers, Inc.

Children’s Publisher of the Year, sponsored by Booktrust
Dorling Kindersley
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Nosy Crow
Penguin Children’s
Simon & Schuster Children’s Books
Usborne Publishing
Walker Books

Digital Strategy of the Year
Caffeine Nights Publishing
Faber & Faber
Hachette UK
Head of Zeus
Teach Yourself - Hodder & Stoughton
Pan Macmillan

E-book Retailer of the Year
eBooks by Sainsbury’s
RM Books
Totally Bound

Editor of the Year
Suzanne Baboneau, Simon & Schuster
Roddy Bloomfield, Hodder & Stoughton
Helen Conford, Penguin Press
Kirsty Dunseath, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Vineeta Gupta, Oxford University Press
Mary Mount, Viking
Rebecca Saunders, Sphere Fiction

HarperCollins Young Retailer of the Year in honour of Sue Butterworth, sponsored by HarperCollins
Melissa Cox, Waterstones
Kate Double, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights
Rory Hill, The Book Hive
Charlotte Staffer, Blackwell’s
Rachael Wing, The Wallingford Bookshop
Edward Woods, Foyles

Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by Gardners

The Blessington Bookshop
The Edinburgh Bookshop
White Rose Bookcafe
Booka Bookshop
Chorleywood Bookshop
Dulwich Books

Imprint of the Year
Big Picture Press, Templar Publishing
Capstone Publishing, Wiley
Century, Random House
Jonathan Cape, Random House
Picador, Pan Macmillan
Sphere, Little, Brown Book Group
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Publishing Group

Independent Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year, sponsored by Bertrams
Bright Red Publishing
Crown House
Edward Elgar Publishing
John Catt Educational
Jordan Publishing
Liverpool University Press

Independent Publisher of the Year, sponsored by The Great British Bookshop
Constable & Robinson
Granta Publications
Hesperus Press
Nosy Crow
Top That! Publishing

Library of the Year
The Library of Birmingham
Dudley Libraries
The Hive
Midlothian Library Service
Sandwell Library and Information Service
Surrey Libraries

Literary Agent of the Year, sponsored by Orion
Jenny Brown, Jenny Brown Associates
Caroline Dawnay, United Agents
Andrew Lownie, Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
Juliet Mushens, The Agency Group
Peter Robinson, Rogers, Coleridge & White
Sarah Such, Sarah Such Literary Agency
Karolina Sutton, Curtis Brown

Manager of the Year
Vivian Bannerman, The Mainstreet Trading Company
Neil Crockett, Waterstones
Janette Cross, Foyles
David Dawkins, Pages of Hackney
Paul Thornton, Blackwell’s Bookshops

Marketing Strategy of the Year, sponsored by Nielsen in association with the Book Marketing Society
Books Are My Bag, The Booksellers Association
Caboodle, National Book Tokens
Dead Good, Penguin Random House
Faber & Faber Consumer Marketing Strategy, Faber & Faber
Gone Girl, Orion Publishing Group
The Happy Foodie, Penguin Random House
Minecraft Marketing Campaign, Egmont UK
Paper Dolls World Record Attempt, Macmillan Children's Books
S., Canongate

Publicity Campaign of the Year, sponsored by the PPC
Lauren Ace, Macmillan Children’s - The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson
Sue Amaradivakara, Chatto & Windus - The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz  
Sam Eades, Headline - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Karen Geary & Rebecca Mundy, Hodder & Stoughton - My Autobiography by Sir Alex Ferguson
Clara Nelson, Vintage - Stoner by John Williams
Ben Willis, Headline - The Silent Wife by A S A Harrison

Publisher of the Year
Faber & Faber
Hodder & Stoughton
Little, Brown
Pan Macmillan

Rights Professional of the Year, sponsored by Frankfurt Book Fair
Kate Hibbert, Little, Brown
Andrea Joyce, Canongate Books
Zosia Knopp, Penguin
Rachel Mills, Peters, Fraser & Dunlop
Andrew Sharp, Hachette Children’s
Mary Thompson, HarperCollins

Supply Chain Innovation, sponsored by BIC