The FutureBook Awards 2017

Shortlists

FutureBook Leader of the Year

Sponsored by Mosaic Search and Selection

Arpita Das Yoda Press
Rebecca Herrmann Bolinda
Mads Holmen Bibblio
Crystal Mahey-Morgan OWN IT!
Emmanuel Nataf Reedsy
Asi Sharabi Wonderbly

FutureBook Disruptor of the Year

Sponsored by Frankfurt Book Fair

Ashleigh Gardner Wattpad
Gustavo Lembert TAG Literary Experiences
Sam Missingham Lounge Books
Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency
Dave Sherwood Bibliotech Education
Siena Parker PRH

FutureBook Campaign of the Year

Behind Her Eyes HarperCollins UK
HarperCollins 200 Years Campaign HarperCollins
IMAGINE The Quarto Group
Ken Follett's A Column of Fire global serialisation Pan Macmillan & The Pigeonhole
Nasty Women 404 Ink
Penguin Pride PRH
Six New Beasts, One Fantastic Voice Pottermore
Start a Story PRH

BookTech Company of the Year

Authorfy
GryffinDocs Media
Reading in Heels
Sweek.com
The Hawaii Project 
LLC
unrd

FutureBook Book of the Year: adult

Last Seen Online unrd
Louise Parker: Lean for Life - Optimum Weight Loss (iOS app) Octopus Publishing & Aimer Media
Olive Green SuperMemo World
Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert, Kindle in Motion Amazon Publishing
The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed, Kindle in Motion Amazon Publishing

FutureBook Book of the Year - children's

Dan and Phil Go Outside enhanced e-book for Apple Ebury, PRH
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them audiobook Pottermore
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Kindle in Motion Pottermore
My Golden Ticket Wonderbly
The F2 Book App Blink Publishing

Platform of the Year - Consumer

BookGig HarperCollins UK
Canongate.co.uk Canongate
Humble Bundle Humble Books
Ottolenghi Cookbooks Online PRH
RiffleBooks.com Riffle
The Penguin Podcast PRH

Platform of the Year - Reference/education

Bibliotech Education
Bloomsbury Publishing Platform Bloomsbury
Collins Dictionary HarperCollins
Junction Junction Education
Kortext

2017 JUDGES

  • Bec Evans

    Founder, Prolifiko
  • Annie Stone

    Account manager, BookBub
  • Nicole Yershon

    Innovation consultant
  • Miriam Robinson

    Programme director, The Bookseller Marketing & Publicity Conference
  • Oliver Moody

    News reporter, The Times
  • Paul Field

    C.e.o. EMEA, TouchCast
  • George Burgess

    Founder Gojimo and c.e.o., The EdTech Exchange
  • Molly Flatt

    Associate editor, FutureBook
  • Philip Jones

    Editor, The Bookseller
  • Rebecca Smart

    M.d., Ebury Publishing
  • Asi Sharabi

    Co-founder/c.e.o., Wonderbly

ABOUT THE FUTUREBOOK AWARDS

The FutureBook Awards celebrate companies and individuals who are playing a key role in driving innovation within publishing.

There are six categories:

  • FutureBook Leader of the Year
  • FutureBook Disruptor of the Year
  • FutureBook Campaign of the Year
  • The FutureBook Book of the Year – Children's or Adult
  • Platform of the Year – Consumer Media or Reference/Education
  • BookTech Company of the Year

You can submit entries between 7 and 29 September 2017, for achievement in the last year, anywhere in the world.

The FutureBook Awards are brought to you by The Bookseller, the book trade's leading industry magazine. The Bookseller will announce the shortlist at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 12 October. Check out last year's shortlist and winners here.

The winners will be announced at The FutureBook conference on 1 December 2017. Europe's largest digital publishing conference includes dedicated strands on the growing EdTech and AudioBook markets, and brings together leading thinkers in publishing, retail, editorial, writing, marketing and tech, along with speakers from other industries. 

CATEGORIES & CRITERIA

FutureBook Leader of the Year

This award honours industry leaders who influence publishing’s future. Driving change, the FutureBook Leader of the Year embraces innovative tools and ways of working and inspires action within their organisation and across publishing.

The winner of this award should already be in a leadership position, and must demonstrate that during the past year they have led their company and/or team in such a way that responds to or takes advantage of the current environment. Examples might include, launching innovative new products, implementing new systems, or inspiring innovation across product, marketing, publicity, production, digital or design departments.

Former winners in this category include Faber’s Stephen Page, Harlequin UK’s Tim Cooper, Sourcebooks’ Dominique Raccah, Ebury m.d. Rebecca Smart, Penguin Random House’s Hannah Telfer, and last year’s winner Sara Lloyd, digital and communications director, Pan Macmillan.

Judges will be looking for evidence in the following areas:

  • A track record of leadership within their organisation.
  • Recent achievement leading their team and/or company in a way that responds to, or takes advantage of, the current environment.
  • Applying innovation in ways of working at any stage of the publishing cycle, whether designing, developing, launching or marketing new and/or existing products.
  • Evidence of wider impact across the publishing sector.

FutureBook Disruptor of the Year

Innovation need disruptors. That’s why in 2017 FutureBook will celebrate the people whose ideas disrupt products, services, companies and even whole markets by introducing innovative improvements and efficiencies.

The FutureBook disruptor can come from any area of the book business, from any department, and may be working at any level, within a corporate environment or independently on a startup or side hustle. They must demonstrate change and influence by showcasing their enthusiasm and innovative thinking and the resulting impact.

This award updates the Digital Achiever of the Year Award which was won by Jenny Ridout, publishing director, Bloomsbury Publishing in 2016 and George Burgess, founder of EdTech business Gojimo in 2015.

Submissions may be made on behalf of the candidate, or candidates may submit their own nomination, with supporting evidence from co-workers, peers or others across the sector. We are particularly interested in audio visual supporting material – follow the instructions on how to submit.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Enthusiasm and passion for publishing, books and reading that influences change through new thinking.
  • A track record of innovative ideas – not just a one-off project – that show improvements and efficiencies to existing ways of working.
  • Evidence of impact in any measurable area, such as audience engagement; viral, social or traditional media coverage; sales or commercial value; traffic and/or other relevant metrics.

FutureBook Campaign of the Year

This category will reward marketing or publicity campaigns that have used digital and/or print in a creative, intuitive and integrated way. The campaign could be for a book, an author, a genre, a series, a bookshop, an event or anything else book-related. It is open to publishers, authors, booksellers, start-ups and anyone who has put together an innovative campaign in the book world which has digital, multi-media element.

Campaigns will be judged on:

  • Innovation and creativity: entries will demonstrate original and imaginative thinking in their choice and use of media.
  • Audience engagement:  entries will have thought clearly about who their target market is and used digital in a meaningful way to connect with this audience
  • Coherent campaign strategy:  entries will have successfully integrated online and offline activities to build a coherent marketing strategy with clear goals.
  • Campaign execution:  entries will have executed their strategy successfully and taken a long-term approach to retaining the audience generated for this project.
  • Return on investment: Winning entrants will demonstrate the effectiveness of the campaign in achieving its financial goals.

BookTech Company of the Year

This award seeks to find the most exciting new businesses that have the potential to make a unique impact on the book publishing industry in the years ahead.  

The award is open to startups at seed funding stage (pre-series round investment) and which have been running for no more than two years since beta or public launch. Candidates don’t have to have created proprietary tech, but they do have to demonstrate that they’re using digital tools and/or an understanding of their audience’s digitally-influenced behaviours in powerful, relevant and original ways.

They may be from around the world, but founders must be available to attend the live final pitch-off on the FutureBook Conference on 1st December, where a panel of judges will award the BookTech Company of the Year from a shortlist of five finalists.

Judges will be awarding points in four key areas:

  • creativity of idea,
  • clarity of market opportunity,
  • audience-product fit,
  • and viability of the business model.

The winner of last year’s Futurebook, BookTech Company of the Year was Kadaxis and the 2015 winner was Reedsy. This award is a continuation of the FutureBook Startup of the Year, previously won by Unbound and Lost My Name.

The FutureBook Book of the Year (Children’s/Adult)

The FutureBook Book of the Year celebrates innovative books whether they are print books, e-books, enhanced e-books, apps, or web-site based. There are two awards, one for a children's book and one for an adult book. They can be in any format including (but not restricted to) apps, ePub, iBA, Kindle, HTML or print.

Winning entries in this category will need to demonstrate:

  • Innovation: how they made the most of their content in a new, inventive way.
  • Design and usability: how they created a well-designed and intuitive user 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.

Success will be measured against:

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

Platform of the Year (Consumer media)/(Reference/Education)

This award recognises excellence in the creation and execution of platforms that promote books, booksellers, authors, publishers or reader engagement. Entries are welcomed from across the publishing and bookselling industry, including publishers, booksellers, agents, distributors, authors and readers. There are two awards one for a consumer media platform and one for a reference/education platform. 

This award covers platforms in any media that performs 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 including but not restricted to: interactive publishing; augmented reality; websites; apps; mobile publishing.

Platforms may have existed for some time, but to win the FutureBook award in 2017, evidence must be produced of evolution or innovation during the past year.

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.
  • Innovative application of ideas and features from other sectors i.e. gaming.
  • Design and usability so the platform is intuitive, responsive and discoverable.
  • Response to change showing agility and potential for future development.

Success will be measured against:

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

FAQ's

How do I apply for the FutureBook Awards?

Entering the FutureBook Awards is easy! You can do so by following this link here. You will be asked to create an account or sign-in if you already have one. From there, you can view individual categories and criteria and start your entries.

Do I have to pay to enter the awards?
No, entering the FutureBook Awards is totally free.

Can I enter multiple awards?

Yes, you can enter multiple awards/categories.

Do I apply or do I have to be nominated (and vice versa)

You can either nominate yourself or have a colleague nominate you.

What’s the deadline?

The deadline is 5pm on Friday, 9th September.

What are the criteria and how can I read the detail?

You can view the criteria on both the awards site here and on the entry site here. 

What are the wordcounts?

There are no specific wordcounts per question/entry but we suggest around 800 words for the entire entry. Please note that we are encouraging video entries for both FutureBook Campaign of the Year and FutureBook Disruptor of the year. A video submission is mandatory for BookTech Company of the Year.

When are the shortlists announced?

The shortlists will be announced between 10 – 11am (GMT+1) on the International Stage, Hall 5.1, Stand A128 at Frankfurt Book Fair Tuesday on Thursday, 12th October. 

When are the winners announced?

The winners will be announced at the FutureBook Conference. Please note that only shortlistees for the BookTech Company of the year receive a free ticket to attend the conference.

What do you want from a video, further links?

Three of the categories mention video - it’s compulsory for the BookTech entry and optional for FutureBook Campaign and Disruptor of the year.
We want to keep the brief as open as possible - it's your opportunity to show us what you do and delight us.

For BookTech the video can take any form, the classic product / screen run through, a quick slide deck with the key facts and figures and value proposition, or a straight to camera meet the founder introduction or elevator pitch. It only needs to be a minute or two. We’re not looking for high spec - the focus is clarity of message.

For the Campaign think about how you can showcase your campaign idea and the impact it has had. This can take any format - from a video, presentation, interviews with customers.

Finally, for all you disruptors - show us your innovative best!

How do I send a large file size? Is there a upload limit?

Our entry system will allow you to upload a supporting document of up to 5MB. If you are having any issues uploading files, please contact events@thebookseller.com

How do I apply for the FutureBook Awards?

Entering the FutureBook Awards is easy! You can do so by following this link here. You will be asked to create an account or sign-in if you already have one. From there, you can view individual categories and criteria and start your entries.

Do I have to pay to enter the awards?

No, entering the FutureBook Awards is totally free.

Can I enter multiple awards?

Yes, you can enter multiple awards/categories.

Do I apply or do I have to be nominated (and vice versa)

You can either nominate yourself or have a colleague nominate you.

What’s the deadline?

The deadline is 5pm on Friday, 29th September.

What are the criteria and how can I read the detail?

You can view the criteria on both the awards site here and on the entry site here. 

What are the wordcounts?

There are no specific wordcounts per question/entry but we suggest around 800 words for the entire entry. Please note that we are encouraging video entries for both FutureBook Campaign of the Year and FutureBook Disruptor of the year. A video submission is mandatory for BookTech Company of the Year.

When are the shortlists announced?

The shortlists will be announced between 10 – 11am (GMT+1) on the International Stage, Hall 5.1, Stand A128 at Frankfurt Book Fair Tuesday on Thursday, 12th October. 

When are the winners announced?

The winners will be announced at the FutureBook Conference. Please note that only shortlistees for the BookTech Company of the year receive a free ticket to attend the conference.

What do you want from a video, further links?

Three of the categories mention video - it’s compulsory for the BookTech entry and optional for FutureBook Campaign and Disruptor of the year.

We want to keep the brief as open as possible - it's your opportunity to show us what you do and delight us.

For BookTech the video can take any form, the classic product / screen run through, a quick slide deck with the key facts and figures and value proposition, or a straight to camera meet the founder introduction or elevator pitch. It only needs to be a minute or two. We’re not looking for high spec - the focus is clarity of message.

For the Campaign think about how you can showcase your campaign idea and the impact it has had. This can take any format - from a video, presentation, interviews with customers.

Finally, for all you disruptors - show us your innovative best!

How do I send a large file size? Is there a upload limit?

Our entry system will allow you to upload a supporting document of up to 5MB. If you are having any issues uploading files, please contact events@thebookseller.com

For awards queries please contact FutureBook.awards@thebookseller.com
For sponsorship enquiries please contact Emma.Lowe@thebookseller.com