Publishers who excel in export sales will be recognised by a new British Book Award, to be announced at next year’s London Book Fair.
The British Book Award for Export, or the Export Nibbie, will run in association with Times Publishing and Pansing Distribution. The award will shine a spotlight on the export teams of the British book trade. The award has two categories: companies with export sales up to £10m and those whose sales exceed £10m.
Entries are open to all UK-based publishers from now until 8th February, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the 2019 London Book Fair (10th–12th March).
Emma House, deputy chief executive of the Publishers Association, welcomed the news, saying: "The Export Nibbie is timely, as we see the best ever year for UK publishing exports, now standing at £3.4bn, having increased 8% in the past 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."
David Buckland, general manager at Pansing, added: "Export sales are very important to British publishers, but as one of the customers of these sales,
I can say that they are absolutely critical for us at 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 more than 30 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, a small token of our appreciation for their sterling contributions.”
Entry details can be found here.
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