THE PICK OF INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Faber & Faber, Barrington Stoke, Featherstone Education, Jolly Learning, Frances Lincoln and Philip Kogan honoured in the first ever Independent Publishing Awards
The Independent Publishers Guild is delighted to reveal the nine winners of the inaugural Independent Publishing Awards. They are:
· The van Tulleken Independent Publisher of the Year: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
· National Book Tokens Trade Publisher of the Year: Faber & Faber
· Lightning Source Children’s Publisher of the Year: Barrington Stoke
· Taylor Wessing Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
· SBS Worldwide Education Publisher of the Year: Featherstone Education
· Nielsen Innovation of the Year: Faber & Faber for its Independent Alliance of publishers
· UK Trade & Investment International Achievement of the Year: Jolly Learning
· IPG Diversity Award: Frances Lincoln
· IPG Patrons’ Lifetime Achievement Award: Philip Kogan
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Jessica Kingsley Publishers scoops both the Taylor Wessing Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year and the overall van Tulleken Independent Publisher of the Year, chosen from the four Publishers of the Year. The prizes coincide with Jessica Kingsley Publishers’ 20th year as an independent company.
Another double winner is Faber & Faber, the venerable independent publisher founded in 1929 and which enjoyed a string of literary prizes, bestsellers and critical acclaim in 2006. Other awards recognise some longstanding and consistently successful independent companies: Frances Lincoln, which marks its 30th year as an independent publisher in 2007, and Jolly Learning, which celebrates 20 years. Two newer independents, Barrington Stoke and Featherstone Education, complete the list of company winners, while Philip Kogan, founder of Kogan Page and an independent publisher for 40 years, receives the IPG Patrons’ award for lifetime achievement.
The Independent Publishing Awards, run with The Bookseller and the London Book Fair, celebrate the success of independent publishers and their enormous contributions to UK culture and business. The winners were chosen by panels of industry experts and received their awards at Saturday’s gala dinner in Brighton, staged as part of the IPG’s annual conference.
IPG Executive Director Bridget Shine says: “The IPG congratulates all the winners of the Independent Publishing Awards on their outstanding achievements. We also applaud all the companies on the shortlists and thank everyone who took the time to enter the awards. The hard work and wonderful books of all our entrants show how important they are to publishing in the UK, and prove that independents of all shapes and sizes can look forward to a bright future.”
THE VAN TULLEKEN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Jessica Kingsley Publishers receives this accolade for its continued outstanding achievements and commitment to its work. Judges said the company encapsulated the very best of independent publishing in the UK. “This is a classic example of brilliant niche publishing, where an independent has found an area and made a difference through its books. It has performed consistently well over a sustained period of time and is still seeking new ways to grow and push the boundaries in publishing.” Jessica Kingsley Publishers also won the Taylor Wessing Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year award (see below). The shortlist for the van Tulleken Independent Publisher of the Year award was made up of all four Publisher of the Year category winners, which also included Barrington Stoke, Faber & Faber and Featherstone Education.
NATIONAL BOOK TOKENS TRADE PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: FABER & FABER
The Trade Publisher of the Year award caps a fine year for Faber & Faber. Judges were impressed by Faber’s ongoing revival in 2006, which saw it win numerous literary prizes and combine literary fiction and poetry with bestsellers including the Christmas hit QI: The Book of General Ignorance. Faber has also established its Independent Alliance of publishers, for which it received the Nielsen Innovation of the Year award. “Faber had a fantastic year with great agility in its marketing,” said the judges. “It goes from strength to strength and represents the very best of independent publishing.” Also shortlisted in this category were Milo Books, Profile Books and Snowbooks.
LIGHTNING SOURCE CHILDREN’S PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: BARRINGTON STOKE
Edinburgh-based Barrington Stoke receives its award for its outstanding commitment to children who have dyslexia or find reading difficult. The publisher worked hard to increase its sales in 2006 by experimenting with new formats and looks for its titles, and by expanding its sales with schools. “Barrington Stoke has stuck closely to its niche and its readers while constantly seeking ways to innovate,” said the judges. “It continues to attract fantastic authors to its list and looks to improve what is already an excellent publishing idea.” Also shortlisted in this category were Catnip Publishing and Piccadilly Press. Judges called for more entries in this category in future years to reflect the rich variety of independent children’s publishing.
TAYLOR WESSING ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, which also receives the overall award for van Tulleken Independent Publisher of the Year, specialises in books in the social and behavioural sciences. Judges in this category were impressed by its dedicated and authoritative publishing, and praised Jessica Kingsley Publishers’ strong brand, its expansion into the US market and its contribution to public understanding about health and science issues. “This is a publisher that knows its market and targets it with great books and excellent marketing and promotion,” said the judges. “The passion in its publishing is clear, and the books reach out to the general reader as well as professionals.” Also shortlisted in this category were Class Legal, Earthscan and Hart Publishing.
SBS WORLDWIDE EDUCATION PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: FEATHERSTONE EDUCATION
This prize is given in recognition of Featherstone’s rapid success since its launch in 1998. Judges were also impressed by the company’s commitment to the entire publishing process—from creating and editing books to printing them on in-house digital facilities and dispatching and invoicing. Featherstone specialises in books for adults who work with children from birth to eight, and judges praised its knowledge of its niche. “This is a truly independent publisher that clearly lives and breathes what it is doing. It is close to its market, has a robust strategy and deserves its commercial success.” Highly commended in this closely-fought category was Barrington Stoke, which also won the award for Lightning Source Children’s Publisher of the Year; and shortlisted was Galore Park.
NIELSEN INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: FABER & FABER FOR ITS INDEPENDENT ALLIANCE OF PUBLISHERS
“This is a genuine innovation that will help independent publishers and booksellers survive,” said the judges about Faber’s Independent Alliance. “It is a formidable achievement that will have a lasting impact.” The co-operative of publishers increased sales among mass market retailers in 2006 for founder members Faber, Atlantic, Canongate, Icon, Profile, Short Books and Quercus. It has also helped publishers to support their independent counterparts in bookselling with better terms and promotions, bringing the book trade closer together. Also shortlisted in this category were The 100-Minute Press for The 100-Minute Bible; The Bodleian Library for its Instructions for Servicemen books; Class Legal for its family law software; and Salt Publishing for its efforts to reinvigorate poetry sales.
UK TRADE & INVESTMENT INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR: JOLLY LEARNING
Jolly Learning, which marks 20 years as an independent publisher in 2007, receives the international achievement award for its efforts to increase sales overseas. Careful targeting of potential customers for its books about the teaching of reading and writing had been backed up by in-depth understanding of overseas markets, said the judges. “Jolly Learning’s innovation and entrepreneurship really shines through. The scale of its ambition overseas is impressive, and shows how independent publishers are looking for international success in all sorts of creative ways despite the limitations of their resources.” Also shortlisted in this category were Faber & Faber and Willan Publishing.
IPG DIVERSITY AWARD: FRANCES LINCOLN
This award, for publishers demonstrating commitment to publishing for black and minority ethnic communities in the UK, goes to Frances Lincoln for its outstanding range of children’s books. Judges were impressed by its dual language books and titles that introduced children to different people, cultures and religions around the world. “Frances Lincoln has a wide range of very high quality books, and its contribution to diversity is clear.” Highly commended in this category was Tamarind Books, an independent that has specialised in multicultural children’s books and titles for black children in particular for 20 years. Also shortlisted were Arcadia Books and Flipped Eye Publishing.
IPG PATRONS’ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: PHILIP KOGAN
Philip Kogan is founder and chairman of Kogan Page, the largest independent publisher of business books in Europe with around 1,500 titles in print. The company celebrates four decades as an independent in 2007. The IPG’s Patrons nominated Philip Kogan for the award for his commitment to the Kogan Page business and his vigorous support of the IPG since its foundation. “He is an inspiring independent publisher with great vision who has refused to be bullied and has led his company into its 40th year.”
The IPG is grateful to all the industry experts who have acted as judges for the Independent Publishing Awards: Lesley Agnew, Willie Anderson, Francis Bennett, Philip Blackwell, Carole Blake, Ruth Borthwick, Neill Denny, Julia Eccleshare, Paul Henderson, Caroline Horn, Emma House, Erika Mattingley, Chris McLaren, Carole Mills, Sharon Murray, Kes Nielsen, Lynette Owen, David Roche, Mo Siewcharran, Ian Snowley, David Taylor and Liz Thomson.
The IPG also thanks all the sponsors of the awards: The Bookseller, London Book Fair, BTBS, Lightning Source, National Book Tokens, Nielsen, RPM Print and Design, SBS Worldwide, Taylor Wessing, UK Trade & Investment and The van Tulleken Company.