Shake-up for British Book Awards

<p>The 2008 Galaxy British Book Awards will cut its number of prize categories in response to industry demand. The 2008 event on 9th April will also see one overall &quot;book of the year&quot; chosen from the winner of individual categories, with the winners of the six adult genre awards making up the<br />shortlist for the overall winner.</p><p>Consultation with guest, sponsors and an industry steering group found that &quot;the majority of people would prefer to eat first and watch the show afterwards&quot;. The event will therefore offer food before the prize-giving ceremony at an &quot;extended&quot; ballroom reception. More food will be served during the awards and again afterwards.</p><p>The steering group is now working with Cactus TV to see how it might allow more broadcast time to be devoted to authors, &quot;and so add to the promotional value of the event&quot;</p>