Final Call for Entries in the Independent Publisher Book Awards: Contest Marks 22nd Year with Special Winner Package

22 02 2018
Independent Publisher Book Awards

For Immediate Release

Final Call for Entries in the Independent Publisher Book Awards:
Contest Marks 22nd Year with Special Winner Package

The Independent Publisher Book Awards will be marking its 22nd year and 5,000th medal awarded this spring. The contest, which recognizes the year’s best independently published books, is accepting entries until this Saturday, February 24th. Winners will be awarded their medals at a ceremony and gala in New York City on the eve of Book Expo America. Awards Director Jim Barnes has also announced that in celebration of the 5,000th medal milestone, judges will randomly select one medalist to win a promotional package valued at more than $2,500.

“The awarding of the 5,000th medal is quite meaningful for us,” said Barnes. “It represents 22 years of incredible talent, hard-work, and passion from indie authors, publishers, editors, and illustrators. We’ve been fortunate to recognize those inspiring folks, and we wanted a way to commemorate that.”

The promotional package includes 5,000 IPPY seals, a spot on the floor at BookExpo America in Combined Book Exhibit’s booth, and a customized display plaque. The winner will also get two of Jenkins Group’s marketing services: Review Direct, a newsletter that reaches librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers; and a press release targeting pertinent media contacts sent through the Media Direct program. Finally, IPPY gala sponsor Media Connect will provide a one-hour consultation with one of their book publicity experts.

“Indie publishers aren’t bound by the same constraints as the Big Five media conglomerates, as the creativity of these award-winning books shows,” said Barnes. “From one-book self-publishers, to hundred-year-old university presses, indie publishing is diverse, cutting-edge, and not bound by the constraints of media overlords and corporate bottom lines.”

The 2018 IPPY medalists will be announced in early April. To view past winners, click here.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

To learn more about the IPPY Awards, visit the website here.

CONTACT US

For more details about the IPPY Awards, please contact:

Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director
IndependentPublisher.com / Jenkins Group
Ph: 1.800.644.0133 x 1011 / jimb@bookpublishing.com.





Independent Publisher Book Awards – 5000 Reasons to Enter

23 01 2018
Independent Publisher Book Awards

5000 reasons to enter!

The world’s largest book awards contest!

This year, one lucky 2018 IPPY Award medalist will become the 5,000th award winner in our 22 year history of “Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing.” Over the years, have all those award-winning books become bestsellers? No, but all 5,000 have received the recognition and credibility that is so important to a book’s PR campaign, and each one is now an “award-winning” book, with an “award-winning” author (not to mention award-winning co-author, illustrator, publisher, whatever the case may be). Award-winner status is a priceless commodity that never goes away.

So, enter your award-worthy books in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and get the recognition your work deserves. Entry fee is $95 per title, per category until the final entry deadline of February 24, 2018.

Now in their 22nd year, the IPPY Awards are designed to celebrate excellence in independent publishing by presenting gold, silver and bronze medals in a wide variety of subject and regional categories. Winners also receive certificates, award seals, and two tickets to the gala award ceremony in NYC!

Click here for the guidelines and online entry form.
Click here for the printable guidelines and entry form.


HOW TO ENTER

There are two ways to enter: online with a credit card or the printable entry form to pay by check. Books (with entry form tucked in the cover) must be sent to the IPPY office by the final deadline of February 24, 2018 (This is a postmark deadline). Results will be announced on about April 10, 2018. The award ceremony will be held on May 29, 2018 at the Copacabana Times Square.

Entry fees are $95 per title/per category. Regional and ebook category entries are just $55 when added to a general category entry for the same title.

ELIGIBILITY

Independent publishers, university presses, self-publishers and independent authors who publish books intended for an English speaking audience may enter. Books released between January 1, 2016 and February 24, 2018, or with 2016-2018 copyrights, are eligible.

   CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW    

ABOUT THE AWARDS

Launched in 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first unaffiliated awards program (no membership fee required) open exclusively to independents, the “IPPYs” recognize hundreds of the year’s best books, bringing them to the attention of booksellers, buyers, librarians, and book lovers.

The IPPY Awards contest is among the largest and most recognized book awards events in the world, and all independent, university, small press, and self-publishers who produce books intended for the North American market are eligible to enter.

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CONTACT US

For more details about the IPPY Awards, please contact:

Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director
IndependentPublisher.com / Jenkins Group
Ph: 1.800.644.0133 x 1011 / jimb@bookpublishing.com.





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!

 





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)




Amazon’s “Buy Button” Policy Change Hurts Publishers and Authors

9 05 2017
An Open Letter from IBPA to the Indie Publishing Community:
Amazon’s “Buy Button” Policy Change Hurts Publishers and Authors
Dear Indie Publishing Community:On March 1, Amazon enacted a policy change that allows third-party sellers to compete for the Buy Box for books in “new condition.”

In case you’re not visualizing the Buy Box in your mind, it is this:

When you go to a product page on Amazon, the ADD TO CART Buy Box is the default offer. Other used options fall below the Buy Box. Where books are concerned, the default Buy Box has always belonged to the publisher. When you buy a book, Amazon pays the publisher 45% of the list price. This means your purchase is supporting the entity that published the book, namely the publisher, and authors are making a profit (albeit small) every time you buy because the publisher is paying an author royalty for each sale.

Now Amazon is giving that priority spot to third-party sellers, relegating the publisher button to a far less favorable position, below the landing page screen line, often last in a list of third-party sellers offering the book for a significantly lower cost in addition to free shipping.

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) believes Amazon’s policy change, allowing third-party sellers to compete for the Buy Box for books in “new condition,” hurts authors and publishers.

Click here to read IBPA’s full explanation with scenarios.

IBPA will continue to research and monitor this situation and inform our members of any changes to the policy. In the meantime, we welcome reactions and additional scenarios in the comments section of the explanation linked above.

In Partnership,

— Angela Bole, IBPA CEO
— Peter Goodman, Publisher, Stone Bridge Press (IBPA Board Chair)
— Robert Price, Publisher, Price World Publishing (IBPA Board Treasurer)
— Elizabeth Turnbull, Senior Editor & Partner, Light Messages Publishing (IBPA Secretary)
— Brooke Warner, Publisher, She Writes Press (IBPA Board of Directors & Executive Committee)
— Ian Lamont, Founder, i30 Media (IBPA Board of Directors & Executive Committee)
— Leslie Browning, Founder & Senior Editor, Homebound Publications (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Keith Garton, President & Publisher, Red Chair Press (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Shannon Okey, Publisher, Cooperative Press (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Karla Olson, Director, Patagonia Books (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Joshua Tallent, Director of Outreach & Education, Firebrand Technologies (IBPA Board of Directors)
— Mark Wesley, Owner, me+mi publishing (IBPA Board of Directors)

Copyright © 2017 Independent Book Publishers Association, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Independent Book Publishers Association
1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Suite 204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266




BOOK AWARDS 2016-2017

9 08 2016

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS
RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE FOR 21 YEARS

 

First early-bird deadline is September 24, 2016. Enter soon to save!


We are proud to announce the reopen of the annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, conducted to honor the year’s best independently published titles. Jenkins Group will present the medals for the 21st annual Independent Publisher Book Awards in May 2017 in New York City in conjunction with the BookExpo America convention.

Click here to view the 2017 entry guidelines.
Click here to view the 2016 national winners.
Click here to view the 2016 regional and ebook winners.
Click here to view the 2016 outstanding winners.

 


LIVING NOW BOOK AWARDS
BOOKS FOR BETTER LIVING


The 2016 Living Now Awards are now closed for judging – best of luck to the entrants!

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 2015 medalists.
Click here to view the Evergreen medalists.


MOONBEAM CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS
CELEBRATING YOUTHFUL CURIOSITY, DISCOVERY AND LEARNING THROUGH BOOKS


The FINAL entry deadline is this month – enter by August 20, 2016!

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest is designed to honor the year’s best children’s books, authors and illustrators. This year’s tenth 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 2015 medalists.
Click here to view the guidelines and entry form. 

 


ILLUMINATION BOOK AWARDS
SHINING A LIGHT ON EXEMPLARY CHRISTIAN BOOKS
Entry fee is just $85 per category until the second early-bird entry deadline on August 27. 

The Illumination Awards are intended to celebrate and recognize the exemplary books produced by the ever-growing Christian branch of publishing and bookselling. With 19 different categories, from Bible Study and Devotional to Education and Children’s Picture Book, Jenkins Group aims to recognize a broad range of diverse books, authors and publishers.

Click here to view the 2017 entry guidelines.


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AXIOM BUSINESS BOOK AWARDS
SUCCESS THROUGH KNOWLEDGE


Entry fee is just $85 per category until the second early-bird entry deadline on October 29th!

The prestigious Axiom Business Book Awards are presented in 22 business categories and serve as the premier list to help business book readers discover new and innovative works.

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



 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES 2015 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS

14 07 2014

http://ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com/