HarperCollins scooped two prizes at The FutureBook Awards, held at the end of The FutureBook Conference (4th December), but there were also wins for Hachette, Penguin Random House, Faber and BookTech Company of the Year, Reedsy.
Hannah Telfer, group director, consumer and digital development at Penguin Random House won the coveted Digital Leader of the Year Award (sponsored by Mosaic Search and Selection), while Gojimo, founder George Burgess, was named Digital Achiever of the Year (sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair).
Nosy Crow picked up the award for best Children’s Digital Book with Snow White; A Game of Thrones: Get into the Books by HarperCollins was the winner in the adult category, while Octopus and Papertrell won the Reference gong for Ella’s Kitchen First Foods.
For the first time, the FutureBook Awards included audiobooks, in association with Audible.
Winners were The Girl on the Train by Random House Audiobooks; So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Audible Studios, and The Bell Jar, read by Maggie Gyllenhaal for Canongate and Faber.
Platform of the Year, sponsored by Firebrand Technologies and NetGalley, went to FaberMembers.com; while the Best use of Digital in a Marketing/Publicity Campaign, sponsored by Atwood Tate, went to the Scrabble campaign run by HarperCollins.
The hotly-contested BookTech Company of the Year, sponsored by the London Book Fair, went to Reedsy, which matches authors with book designers, editors and marketeers, after a live eight-way pitch-off on the day in front of a panel of judges. Molly Flatt, who hosted this session at the FutureBook Conference, commented: "Congratulations to all the pitchers. It's a terrifying thing to stand up here and flog your wares. The judging process was really quite swift - we all agreed very quickly on our top three candidates." Runners up in that category were free revision app Gojimo, which won the silver prize, and Owlfield, which won the bronze prize.
Highly commended were Norway’s Fieldbraaten & Vaage for their campaign “Naked on Snapchat”, Faber and Touchpress for their app Arcadia, and The Pigeonhole’s founder Anna Jean Hughes.
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: “Once again the book trade has risen to the digital challenge with a raft of books, initiatives and campaigns that demonstrate beyond all doubt that the business is adapting and growing, led at all levels by digital enthusiasts and digital experts. Well done to all the winners, but also to everyone who submitted or who will be submitting next year.”
Judges this year were Jones, Sandy Mahal, Peter Meyers, Lisa Edwards, Stuart Dredge, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Sandra Wiliamson and Sophia Blackwell.
Sponsors were London Book Fair, Mosaic Search & Selection, Atwood Tate, Firebrand Technologies & NetGalley, and the Frankfurt Book Fair.