IBPA is Accepting Entries to the 30th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards

8 11 2017
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Final deadline 12/15/17!
DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM HERE (FINAL DEADLINE 12/15/17)

What is the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program?

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is a book award program that, over the past 30 years, has been regarded as one of the highest national honors in independent and self-publishing. The awards are unique in that entrants receive direct feedback on their submissions: the verbatim judging forms are returned to all publishers.

Who can enter the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program?

Publishers of print books with a copyright date of 2017 may enter the current competition. To assist the judges and ensure they have enough time to review each book, there are two deadlines for entry: the first on September 30, 2017, then on December 15, 2017.

Can authors enter the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program on behalf of their publisher?

Absolutely! This happens all the time.

Where can I go for more information?

Visit the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ website for further details. You can also email Terry Nathan at terry@ibpa-online.org.

Dear C. Penny,

Are you ready for awards season?!

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 150 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors. Winning an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ expands your marketability and solidifies your credibility. Considering how crowded the book market is today, these are two very powerful things.

The final Call for Entries expires on December 15, 2017. Don’t miss your chance to find out whether you book is best in class!

 

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An Open Letter from IBPA to the Indie Publishing Community: Fall 2017 Update on the Amazon Buy Button Policy Change

5 10 2017
In May 2017, IBPA issued a statement expressing our concern about Amazon’s recently enacted buy button policy allowing third-party vendors to price-compete and “win” the main buy button on a given book’s primary “Add to Cart” link.

EXAMPLE OF A THIRD-PARTY VENDOR CONTROLLING THE BUY BUTTON

The buy button above has been won by a third-party vendor selling a book retail-priced at $35.00 for $11.20. This third-party vendor now holds Amazon’s main buy button, and the publisher’s buy link is pushed down to third place under “Other Sellers on Amazon.”
Since our last communication on this topic, we have identified four (4) steps every publisher can take to combat this issue. The steps include:

  • Carefully control stock and prices you release to the market
  • Actively police the buy button
  • Act when a third-party vendor wins the buy button
  • Share what you learn
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS + FURTHER BACKGROUND & RECOMMENDATIONS (PUBLISHED OCTOBER 5, 2017)




Don’t Upload Your Ebook To An Online Bookstore Without Reviewing This Checklist

21 09 2017

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2017/dont-upload-your-ebook-to-an-online-bookstore-without-reviewing-this-checklist/





LET THE BOOK AWARDS SEASON BEGIN!!!

7 09 2017

September 2017 Newsletter


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LIFE-CHANGING BOOKS

Let the book awards season begin! Today we announce the Living Now Awards results, and next month it’s the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Our Living Now Awards contest is for “life-changing books,” the ones that truly can make a difference in the way we think and act — and having spent the past month reading them – I have a refreshingly new outlook on life. Maybe taking a week’s vacation during the judging helped, especially since we traveled west to observe the total eclipse – a life-changing event in itself – and then spent a few days in the amazing topography of the Black Hills, watching the buffalo roam and the wild mustangs run free.

How could you not be inspired by books like these award-winning titles? The Positivity Kit. The Bravest You. Healing Spiritual Wounds. Becoming a Citizen Activist. Of course, it’s one thing to read the book – putting it to work in your life is the hard part. Especially that last one: Becoming a Citizen Activist, with the subtitle Stories, Strategies & Advice for Changing Our World, informs and inspires readers to get involved in grassroots politics and fight for positive change in their communities. We should all be doing that, right?

This is why our book award programs exist: we bring the world’s best books to the attention of the readers, buyers, teachers and librarians who can use these great books to learn, to inspire, and make the world a better place. This quote from the winner of our special Living Now “Spirit Award,” When Thought Turns to Light: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Transformation, by Patrick Paul Garlinger, exemplifies the life-changing aspect of these awards:

“To change how you feel about others, acknowledge your interdependence on them. This is the lesson that our mothers teach us. As has been said many times, we are not single, isolated, autonomous beings. Rather, we are interconnected to each other in innumerable ways. When you pause to think about how the positive events and good fortune of your life have always come through connections with other people, you come to the magnificent realization that your life is the sum total of the contributions of others.”

Congratulations to all of our Living Now Awards Medalists!

Jim “the IPPY Hippie” Barnes, Awards Director


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Independent Publisher Book Awards
RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE FOR 21 YEARS

 

The 2018 Awards are NOW OPEN! Enter by September 23 to save on entry fees.

The 22nd annual Independent Publisher Book Awards are conducted to honor the year’s best independently published titles. Jenkins Group will present the medals for the 22nd annual Independent Publisher Book Awards in May 2018 in New York City in conjunction with the BookExpo America convention.

Click here to see the guidelines and entry form.
Click here to view the 2017 national winners.
Click here to view the 2017 regional and ebook winners.
Click here to view the 2017 outstanding winners.
 


Living Now Book Awards
BOOKS FOR BETTER LIVING

The Living Now Awards have been announced. Congratulations to the medalists!

The Living Now Book Awards are designed to honor life-changing books, and to bring increased recognition to the year’s best lifestyle, homestyle, world-improvement and self-improvement books and their creators. We also present the Living Now Evergreen Book Medals, in five categories, to commemorate books published since the year 2000, for contributing to positive global change.

Click here to view the 2017 medalists.
Click here to view the Evergreen medalists.


Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
CELEBRATING YOUTHFUL CURIOSITY, DISCOVERY AND LEARNING THROUGH BOOKS

The Moonbeam Awards are now closed for judging. Best of luck to the entrants!

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest is designed to honor the year’s best children’s books, authors and illustrators. This year’s eleventh annual Moonbeam Awards program is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market.

Click here to view the 2016 medalists.
Click here to view the 2017 guidelines.

 







How to Write A Creative Brief So Your Graphic Designer Creates An Amazing Book Cover

27 07 2017

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2017/how-to-write-a-creative-brief-so-your-graphic-designer-creates-an-amazing-book-cover/





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25 07 2017
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Another Way Digital Could Complement Print Books: Print-to-Digital Highlights

2 02 2017

http://www.bookbusinessmag.com/post/another-way-digital-complement-print-books-print-digital-highlights/