The British Book Award for Export

The new British Book Award for Export will shine a spotlight on the success of the export teams of the British book trade. Organised by The Bookseller in association with Times Publishing Ltd and Pansing Distribution Pte Ltd (Books), the new award scheme runs in parallel to The British Book Awards, which celebrates Britain’s best books, best publishers and best bookshops.

The ‘Export Nibbie’ is open to all UK-based publishers across trade and education/academic publishing and winners will be announced at an awards reception at The London Book Fair, where two of the famous ‘Nibbies’ will be given for export sales above and below £10 million.

The scheme is now open for entries and will close on 8th February with the prize-giving at The London Book Fair (12th-14th March 2019).

David Buckland, Pansing’s general manager explained the two company’s rationale for supporting The British Book Award for Export:

“Export sales are very important to British publishers, but as one of the customers for these sales, they absolutely critical for us in Pansing. In sponsoring this award together with our parent company, we wished to pay tribute to the extraordinarily high calibre of the export sales staff of British publishers. Without their unstinting support and understanding throughout our over thirty years of mutual business, we would not have been able to weather the numerous challenges that we and our markets have faced. This is therefore by way of a small token of our appreciation for their sterling contributions”. 

Director of The London Book Fair, Jacks Thomas, added:

“The global book industry comes together for three days each year at The London Book Fair in Olympia. At LBF the world-leading UK book industry is showcased. Exports have always played a crucial part of our industry and they have never been more important to the UK economy. So it is with pride that, in partnership with The Bookseller, we are supporting this award, which celebrates the great work of the sales departments - large, small, agencies and one-person bands - across the UK. We are all looking forward to celebrating the shortlist and winners at LBF in March.’

Emma House, deputy chief executive of the Publishers Association of the UK, which is supporting the Award, welcomed the focus on exports:

"The Export Nibbie is timely as we see the best ever year for UK publishing exports, now standing at £3.4 billion having increased 8% in the last year alone. The UK is the largest exporter of books in the world and a jewel in the crown of the UK’s Creative Industries. Publishers work extremely hard to ensure their books and journals can be read all over the world and it’s extremely important that we celebrate these efforts.