It’s time to change the conversation about digital publishing. Digital is not dead – it’s come of age. And that liberates us to think about the future.
In the past couple of decades, digital natives have driven forward a transformation in publishing for both creators and consumers of content. These disruptors – defined as those born after 1980 into a digital-first, media-rich environment – are now hitting middle age, taking leadership positions and eyeing up the c-suite.
The FutureBook awards were created in 2010 to acknowledge the digital transformation and celebrate those leading it. Back then digital was the future - now it’s the foundation on which our ambitions lie. We need to broaden our definition of innovation to avoid getting trapped in digital silos.
That’s why, this year, the FutureBook awards has dropped the digital.
We’ve widened the categories to seek out innovation in all its forms, so the industry can embrace the diversity of ideas and celebrate the people, companies and startups who are creating the future of publishing.
This year we want publishing to think bigger, act bolder, take risks, experiment, and yes, to innovate in all it does – print and digital, process and output. Don’t delegate the future. Celebrate it by honouring our achievements and entering yourself or your friends, colleagues and contacts into this year's awards.
The awards categories are:
FutureBook Leader of the Year: This award honours industry leaders who influence publishing’s future. They are individuals who drive change, embrace innovative tools and ways of working, and inspire action within their organisation and across publishing.
FutureBook Disruptor of the Year: Innovation need disruptors, that’s why we’re celebrating the people whose ideas come from any area of the book business, from any department, and working at any level, in all types of organisations to bring about innovation and change.
FutureBook Campaign of the Year: This category will rewards campaigns that have used digital and/or print in a creative, intuitive and integrated way to promote a book, an author, a genre, a series, a bookshop, an event or anything else book-related.
The FutureBook Book of the Year: These two awards – one for children’s and another for adult – celebrate innovative books in any format that showcase content in a new way to engage their target audience.
Platform of the Year: Recognising excellence in both consumer media platforms and reference/education, these two awards are looking for creation and execution that promotes books, booksellers, authors, publishers or reader engagement.
BookTech Company of the Year: This award seeks startups with the potential to make a unique impact on the book publishing industry in the years ahead – businesses with creativity, market opportunity, and great business models.
So tell your friends and co-workers, your bosses and staff and get them to apply and nominate others before entries close on 29 September 2017. Good luck - and don't forget to bag your tickets to FutureBook 17 now!