ANNOUNCING THE 2019 FUTUREBOOK AWARDS SHORTLISTS...

THE FUTUREBOOK CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

  • Bookshop Day

    Booksellers Association/Midas PR
  • Buy One, Give One Away

    Editora Belas Letras
  • Lies Lies Lies

    HQ
  • My Sister the Serial Killer

    Atlantic Books
  • Penguin Classics in Audio

    Penguin Random House Audio
  • Tin Can Cook

    Pan Macmillan

THE FUTUREBOOK BOOKTECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR

  • ckbk

  • DeepZen

  • Make Our Book

  • MY VLF

  • NoisyBook

  • Vika Books

THE FUTUREBOOK PODCAST OF THE YEAR

  • Backlisted

    Unbound
  • Penguin Podcast

    Penguin Random House Audio
  • Sex Power money, with Sara Pascoe

    Faber
  • Simplify

    Blinkist
  • The Comma Press Podcast

    Comma Press
  • The Waterstones Podcast

    Waterstones
  • This is Spoke

    Penguin Random House, Fremantle & BMG

THE FUTUREBOOK OF THE YEAR

  • ESC CardioMed

    Oxford University Press
  • HAG, an audio-exclusive short story collection

    Audible
  • Ladybird Audio Adventures

    Penguin Random House
  • Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl

    Bolinda
  • Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

    Bonnier Books UK
  • Penguin Classics in Audio

    Penguin Random House
  • Seven Days of Sound Meditation

    HarperCollins
  • Today: A History of our World through 60 years of Conversations & Controversies

    Octopus Publishing Group

CATEGORIES & CRITERIA

FutureBook Book of the Year

The FutureBook book of the year celebrates innovative books whether they are print books, audiobooks, e-books, enhanced e-books, apps, or web-site based. They can be in any format including (but not restricted to) audio, 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

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 Startup of the Year

This award seeks to find the most exciting new businesses or in-house initiatives 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 25th November, 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
viability of the business model

FutureBook Podcast of the Year

This award honours a books podcast that has done most to champion books, authors and/or writing during the past year. It is open to any UK or overseas based podcast, which is primarily focused on discussing and/or promoting books and/or writers. The award is open to individuals running and/or hosting their own podcasts, or companies operating their own books podcast.

While the podcast does not need to be solely focused on books, discussion of the written word must be prominent. Podcasts may have existed for some time, but to win the FutureBook award in 2019, evidence must be produced of excellence during the past year. Podcasts must be regular (monthly, weekly), and must show evidence of listener growth.

Winning entries in this category will need to demonstrate:

Enthusiasm and dedication to creating a unique podcast experience
Effective use of the podcast to promote books/reading and/or writing
Delivery of engaging and entertaining content which engages with the target audience
A commitment to the podcast format
An innovate marketing strategy to promote the podcast, and encourage engagement with it
Listener growth and/or interaction with the audience.

Please provide a link to your podcast on application, or include sample sound files of particular examples. Please note, if your file is too big to upload, you can send it over via link to events@thebookseller.com

The FutureBook Live Awards are brought to you by The Bookseller, the book trade's leading industry magazine. The Bookseller announced the shortlist at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday 17th October, on the International Stage, Hall 5.1 from 1-2pm

The winners will be collecting their awards at The FutureBook Live conference on Monday 25th November, with the Person of the Year announced and delivering a keynote at Europe’s biggest publishing innovation conference is designed to get publishing professionals from across the spectrum – from agents to booksellers, digital specialists to designers, big-name publishers to ambitious entrepreneurs – to think big, be brave and get the hell on with becoming relevant to a new generation.

Please note: shortlisted companies must purchase tickets to the FutureBook Conference in order to pick up their award.

For FutureBook Live Awards queries please contact events@thebookseller.com
For sponsorship enquiries please contact Emma.Lowe@thebookseller.com