The growing importance of book podcasts is to be recognised at the FutureBook Awards for the first time, with a specific category for podcasters. The awards, which take place at FutureBook Live, The Bookseller’s annual publishing conference, recognise innovation and excellence across the book business from campaigns, to people, to books.
Five awards are up for grabs this year, including the prestigious FutureBook Person of the Year and Campaign of the Year. The BookTech Startup of the Year also returns, with shortlisted companies invited to FutureBook Live to pitch their tech solution in front of a panel of judges.
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and co-programmer of FutureBook Live, said: “We are delighted to continue to recognise and reward innovation, leadership and excellence across the book business, and I am particularly thrilled celebrate the rise and rise of book podcasting. ”
The award categories are as follows:
FutureBook Person of the Year (sponsored by Mosaic) honours the person who, during the past year, has most influenced publishing’s future.
FutureBook of the Year (sponsored by Frankfurt Book Fair) celebrates innovative books - whether they are print books, e-books, enhanced e-books, apps, or website based.
FutureBook Campaign of the Year will reward marketing or publicity campaigns that have used digital and/or print in a creative, intuitive and integrated way.
FutureBook Podcast of the Year, new for 2018, honours a books podcast that has done most to champion books, authors and/or writing during the past year.
FutureBook BookTech Startup of the Year highlights the most promising young book-related businesses offering a tech solution in the book space.
You can find the full criteria for each category and submit your entry here. Submissions close on Wednesday 3rd October.
The awards will be presented at this year's FutureBook Live conference on Friday 30th November in Bishopsgate, London. If you want to learn from the people setting the agenda for the future of the book business, get your early bird ticket now.