The UK is leading the nominations in the shortlists for the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2015, followed by the US and China.
Companies from 21 countries have been shortlisted for the awards, which are held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and celebrate success in 18 categories designed to represent the breadth of the international publishing industry. Eleven companies from the UK have received nominations, while those from the US and China have eight and six nominations respectively. In each award category, the judging panel was made up of experts in that sector.
Four out of the five companies shortlisted for The Publishing for Digital Minds Innovation Award are from the UK: Gojimo, Join Book Club, Rook Labs and The Pigeonhole. The shortlist is completed by South African company Snapplify.
In an all-British shortlist, Pushkin Press’ Adam Freudenheim is up against Daniel Hahn, director of the British Centre for Literary Translation and Pam Dix of IBBY UK for the Mexico Market Focus Outstanding Contribution Award. The Award for Best Use of IP sees Mojang, the Swedish developer of video game sensation Minecraft, take on Aadarsh, the Indian creators of the popular Purple Turtle franchise of books, apps and YouTube videos. Meanwhile, in the International Literary Agent Award, a global race is on between agents from Germany, Spain and the US.
Croatian publisher Fraktura, China-based People’s Literature Publishing House and Indian publisher Rupa & Co are all in the running for The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award. The shortlist for the International Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award comprises: Clavis Publishing from Belgium, India’s Duckbill Books and Mexico’s Fondo de Cultura Economica.
Jacks Thomas, director of LBF, said: “These awards, now in their second year and designed to showcase innovation around the world, cover a fantastic breadth of ingenuity and creativity in the international arena. The ceremony promises to be a real treat at which we honour these amazing nominees and shout loudly about what a talented, resourceful and inspirational industry the book world is. Congratulations to all those shortlisted.”
Richard Mollet, chief executive of the PA, added: “This shortlist should leave no one in any doubt as to the exciting developments occurring in publishing around the world. It highlights the amazing innovation taking place as well as the way in which publishers are pushing their traditional boundaries, moving into apps, video games and other forms of multimedia.”
The winners of a number of other awards will also be announced on the night includingThe Association for Publishing Education Dissertation and Project Prize and The London Book Fair Chairman’s Award. The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Peter Usborne, founder and managing director of Usborne Books.
The awards will be presented at a gala evening in the Conference Centre at London Olympia on 14th April.