More than 40 people, platforms and products have been shortlisted for this year’s coveted FutureBook Awards, with the winners to be announced at the FutureBook Conference on 1st December. More than 110 entries were submitted from 10 different countries across the eight categories.
Penguin Random House UK (PRH) has six shortlistees, HarperCollins has four, Pottermore three and, for the first time, Amazon Publishing features, with two nods for products produced on its Kindle in Motion platform. Both entries - A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed and Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert - are up for FutureBook Book of the Year: Adult Prize, one half of the awards’ book strain, alongside a Children’s category.
The contenders for FutureBook Leader of the Year (sponsored by Mosaic Search & Selec- tion) are Emmanuel Nataf, c.e.o. and co-founder of Reedsy; Crystal Mahey-Morgan, founder of OWN IT!; Asi Sharabi, co-founder/c.e.o. of Wonderbly (previously Lost My Name); Arpita Das of Yoda Press; Mads Holmen, founder and c.e.o. of Bibblio; and Rebecca Herrmann, founder and co-c.e.o. of audiobook business Bolinda.
The FutureBook Disruptor of the Year Award (sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair) drew a huge range of entries, with the final line-up comprising: Sam Missingham of Lounge Books; Siena Parker from Penguin Random House UK; Gustavo Lembert from TAG Literary Experiences; Ashleigh Gardner of Wattpad; Dave Sherwood from Bibliotech Education; and double act Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford of The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.
The nominees for Book Tech Company of the Year, now in its third year, will compete in a live pitch-off at the conference. They are: Reading in Heels, Authorfy, Sweek.com, unrd, Griffindocs Media and The Hawaii Project.
Molly Flatt, associate editor of FutureBook, said: “One of the pleasures of this year’s FutureBook Awards lay in the diversity of the entries we received, not just in the number of countries we received submissions from, the size and type of companies, and the range of people involved - although those were reassuringly broad. What was also inspiring was the mix of innovation. Companies focused on serving readers, authors, publishers, academics, booksellers and librarians. I can’t wait to share them, celebrate them and, most importantly, debate them at the conference.”