British Book Awards crowned Event of the Year at PPA Awards

British Book Awards crowned Event of the Year at PPA Awards

The British Book Awards (a.k.a. the Nibbies), owned and run by The Bookseller, has won Event of the Year at this year's Professional Publishers Association's Independent Publisher Awards.

The annual PPA awards, which "showcase the best in class of the independent publisher network", were celebrated in a virtual ceremony yesterday (18th November).

Judges commended the "commercially successful" format of the Nibbies in addition to the "clever use of social media".

The Bookseller editor Philip Jones said: "We are delighted to see the British Book Awards recognised from a high-calibre shortlist. The 30th year of the Nibbies was its most challenging with Covid-19 forcing the team to re-imagine the awards as a virtual-only event for the first time in that history. The team did not miss a beat, or a trick, in fully exploiting the new platform to showcase the trade's triumphs and reward a fantastic array of winners. My congratulations to The Bookseller team, our partners and sponsors, and everyone who watched and won. For once, we all really were winners!"

The Bookseller was also shortlisted for Business Publication of the Year, while editor Philip Jones and creative editor Danny Arter were in the running for Editor and Designer of the Year respectively. The Marketing & Publicity Conference was also up for Digital Initiative of the Year. 

The news team of The Bookseller's stablemate The Stage won Team of the Year for their "passion" and "outstanding results". The Stage's podcast "Seven Stages" was also highly commended in the Podcast of the Year category.