The FutureBook Innovation Shortlist's "Inspirationals"

The FutureBook Innovation Shortlist's "Inspirationals"

Vote for your favourite candidate for The FutureBook Innovations Awards' Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person.

Here at Frankfurt Book Fair, the announcement has been made this evening of the  shortlist for The FutureBook Innovation Awards -- hashtagged #FBIA2014.

You're invited to vote for your favourite "inspirational" on the list.

The winner will be named as part of The FutureBook Innovation Awards announcements at The FutureBook Conference on 14th November at Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. (Best early-bird prices for the event are offered only for a week longer, to 17th October.)

Among a boisterous gathering at Halle 8's Publishing Perspectives Stage on Thursday evening to hear the shortlist read out by my colleague Alice Ryan, there were particularly rousing cheers for entries from Profiles Books (Best Fiction Digital Book) and Blackwell Learning (Best Tech Innovation), perhaps led by the beaming Michael Bhaskar and Matthew Cashmore, respectively.

Already back in London, Headline Publishing Group's Ben Willis missed the announcement of his Bookbridgr book-blogger programme as a contender in the Best Publisher Website category. Willis led our Frankfurt Business Center Master Class in marketing earlier this week, with interlocutor Jason Ashlock at Halle 4.

And of special interest to those who are following the controversial, protracted sales terms negotiations between Amazon and Hachette, both the author-activist Hugh Howey and Hachette Book Group ceo Michael Pietsch are nominated in the shortlist for Most Inspirational Digital Publishing Person. Howey led the writing of the independent authors' Change.org petition -- which is addressed to Pietsch, each signatory writing to the executive:

Please help put an end to these negotiations. Accept Amazon's offer to create a 50/50 joint fund to support your authors. And then work on a resolution that keeps e-book prices reasonable and pays authors a fair wage.

The group of eight nominees represents an assortment of positions in the industry and range of expertise, from children's to adult trade; from agenting to subscriptions; from the author corps to the executive suites; from the UK to the US:

  • Nosy Crow founder Kate Wilson
  • Macmillan Science and Education ceo Annette Thomas
  • Indie/hybrid author Hugh Howey
  • WME UK literary head Simon Trewin
  • Hachette Book Group ceo Michael Pietsch
  • Unbound co-founder Dan Kieran
  • Scribd ceo Trip Adler
  • HarperCollins chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi

In demonstrating what The Bookseller editor Philip Jones calls "a step-change in quality and a broadening of digital-know how," the overall selection of candidates for the awards comprises an autumn compendium of efforts in moving publishing forward.  

Here is the balance of categorized nominees. More is in my colleague Tom Tivnan's announcement story at The Bookseller.

Best fiction digital book

  • Profile Books 80 Days
  • Media-Melt/ Denise Weston The Memory Machine
  • HarperCollins The truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
  • Pan Macmillan Hotel Alpha Stories
  • Harlequin Mills & Boon The Chatsfield

Best non-fiction digital book

  • Penguin American Interior
  • Carlton Books Beatles in 100 objects
  • TouchPress Incredible Numbers Quercus Mountain High
  • HarperCollins Brian Cox's Wonders of Life
  • Blink Publishing The Pointless Book
  • HarperCollins Collins Bird Guide

Best children's digital book

  • Bloomsbury Let's Do Mental Maths 6-7
  • Penguin Random House The Invisible Kingdom
  • Nosy Crow Axel Schleffer's FlipFlap Safari
  • Egmont UK Mr Tickle Storybook app
  • Nosy Crow Jack and the Beanstalk

Best use of digital in a marketing campaign

  • HarperCollins, Virtual Romance Festival
  • HarperCollins, BookADayUK
  • HarperCollins, The Monogram Murders
  • Penguin Random House, James Patterson is Missing
  • Scottish Book Trust Who in fiction are you?
  • Hodder & Stoughton/David Mitchell, The Right Sort Twitter story
  • Pan Macmillan, Where were you then?
  • Publishing Scotland, BookSpotting

Best Publisher Website

  • Pan Macmillan, Picador.com
  • Unbound, Unbound.com
  • HarperCollins, Corporate
  • HarperCollins Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Collections
  • Text Publishing, textpublishing.com.au
  • Melville House, Mhpbooks.com
  • Headline, Bookbridgr.com 

Best consumer website

  • Bloomsbury musical express
  • Hardie Grant Publishing, Cooked
  • The Willoughby Book Club, The Willoughby Book Club
  • Penguin Random House, My Independent Bookshop
  • Put me in the Story, Put me in the Story
  • London Review of Books, London Review Bookshop
  • Rakuten Kobo Inc., KOBO

Best start-up

  • Loved by kids, Top that!
  • Lost My Name
  • The Willoughby Book Club
  • I've read that
  • BitLit Media
  • Bookmate

Best tech innovation

  • Foyles, Foyles Book Search
  • Rook, Rook
  • ValoBox, ValoBox
  • Snapplify, Snapplify
  • Cambridge Publishing Solutions, Futureproofs
  • Ricoh Europe, Ricoh Europe
  • Blackwells, Blackwell Learning
  • WriteLaTeX