The British Book Awards 2021 - About Page


The British Book Awards 2021 - You're all invited

The annual celebration of the best books, bookshops and publishers will return on 13th May with a virtual ceremony.

The British Book Awards 2021, or Nibbies, represent the best of the book trade - the UK’s leading creative industry.  

First launched in 1990 and now run by The Bookseller, the British Book Awards and its sister awards schemes – The British Book Award for Export and Library of the Year – showcase and celebrate the best books, the best bookshops and the best publishers.

The Nibbies are unique in recognising that a book’s success is not down to just one factor. It is the author’s creative genius, it is the publisher’s skill and support and it is the bookshop’s championing. The Nibbies’ Books of the Year are unapologetically about success but not ‘just’ who is top of the bestseller lists.

We want to find the best independent bookshops from rural Scotland to inner-city London. We celebrate the small presses that are such a vital part of the publishing ecosystem. We champion the best illustrators.

2021 Awards Categories

Books, Authors and Illustrators

Book of the Year - Audiobook
Book of the Year - Children's: Fiction
Book of the Year - Children's: Illustrated & Non-Fiction
Book of the Year - Fiction
Book of the Year - Fiction: Crime & Thriller
Book of the Year - Fiction: Début
Book of the Year - Non-fiction: Lifestyle
Book of the Year - Non-fiction: Narrative
Book of the Year - Pageturner     *NEW FOR 2021*

Author of the Year
Illustrator of the Year

Bookshops, Publishers & Agents

Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year
​Book Retailer of the Year
Children's Bookseller of the Year
Children's Publisher of the Year
Designer of the Year     *NEW FOR 2021*
Editor of the Year
Imprint of the Year
Independent Bookshop of the Year
Independent Publisher of the Year
Literary Agent of the Year
Marketing Strategy of the Year
Publicity Campaign of the Year
Publisher of the Year
Rights Professional of the Year
Small Press of the Year

British Book Award for Export - Sales above £10 million
British Book Award for Export - Sales below £10 million

Event of the Year

Last year's inaugural virtual ceremony saw over 40,000 views, with Book of the Year winners seeing week on week sales spike following the announcements. The Bookseller also took home its own award for the ceremony itself, winning Event of the Year at the PPA Awards. 

Most important, for the first time ever we managed to connect all of the industry, with book folk joining the event everywhere from the South Coast to Scotland and beyond. 2020's Nibbies guests all over the country donned their finest black tie and slippers, mixed themselves a cocktail and joined in to celebrate everyone's successes.