Bookseller Industry Awards 2015

Monday 11th May 2015 @ The Hilton, Park Lane


The Bookseller Industry Awards represent a high point of the book trade’s year. A time when all the business comes together to celebrate its achievements. To win an award is the ultimate recognition of an individual or an organisation’s excellence. It is a badge of success. It is proof that all the effort has been worthwhile. 

And, of course, it is a great night; a time to see old friends, colleagues and customers. Join us on Monday 11th May 2015 as we look back on another excellent year and crown our winners at the Hilton Park Lane.

Table Bookings are now open for this year's awards.

Submit your Entry

The most prestigious awards in the trade are now open for submissions. Winning an award is the highest accolade in the trade bringing respect, recognition and esteem. So if you’ve had a great year don’t keep it to yourself, submit your entry today.

ENTRY DEADLINE FRIDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2015

Categories

Book Retailer of the Year

Who should enter?

This category is aimed at finding the best large-scale UK & Irish book retailer. Entries will be welcomed from book retail chains, internet booksellers of all types, supermarkets, book clubs, general high street stores where books form part of a larger overall range, or any other retailer successfully selling books. For the purposes of this category, a chain is defined as a retailer with four or more branches.

The winner of independent bookshop of the year and e-book retailer of the year categories will automatically be entered into this category.

Criteria

Judges will be looking for evidence of successful and committed book retailing, demonstrated through a clear strategy:

  • Overall excellence in in-store and online environments.
  • A clear understanding of customers' needs and how they have been met
  • Operational expertise and successful innovation in areas such as buying, returns, and range management.
  • Attention will be paid to financial results such as margin growth, profit, turnover and like-for-like performance. All figures will be treated in absolute confidence. Indexed figures permissible where actuals are not legally permissible but in both cases UK & Irish breakdowns are required
  • Particular emphasis will be given to companies which strive to promote the discoverability of front, mid and backlist books to a wider audience and enhance a reading culture.
  • Judges will want to see evidence of how retail businesses are contributing to the sustainability of the entire book trade.

What to submit

Schemes in place – bursary schemes, improving literacy, supporting the community projects
Digital retailing elements – screen caps and online strategy
Consumer campaigns – events, book campaigns, author projects
Brand promotion – advertising campaigns, brand management
Sales data
Market share

Please submit a single PDF containing your written submission of up to 1,500 words addressing the category criteria. Any supplementary material should be included in the single PDF file. Your PDF should not exceed 10 pages in total.

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Previous Winner

2014 Blackwell’s

Previous Winners (as National Bookseller)

2013 Foyles
2012 Foyles

NB The General or Chain Bookselling Company of the Year was formed by the amalgamation of General Retailer of the Year and High Street Retailer of the Year in 2010

Previous Winners of General or Chain Bookseller

2011 Sainsbury's (General or Chain Bookseller)
2010 Foyles (General or Chain Bookseller)
2009 WHSmith (General Retailer) and Waterstones (High Street Retailer)
2008 WHSmith (General Retailer) and Waterstones (High Street Retailer)
2007 Asda (General Retailer) and Blackwell (High Street Retailer)
2006 Tesco (General Retailer) and Borders (High Street Retailer)
2005 Amazon.co.uk (General Retailer) and Borders (High Street Retailer)

Previous Winners of Direct Bookselling Company

2011 Amazon.co.uk
2010 The Book Depository
2009 The Book Depository
2008 Play.com
2007 The Book People
2006 Amazon.co.uk

Editor of the Year

Who should enter?

As in 2014, the awards separate ‘imprint’ from ‘editor’ allowing judges to reward individual editors or publishers who operate across imprints or who have achieved great success individually even if the imprint generally may not be an award-winner.

The award will go to an editor or individual publisher who has performed consistently well across all key areas of author and imprint development.

Criteria

The judges will be looking for evidence in the following areas:

  • Author management and support – particularly new and existing authors being developed creatively and/or commercially
  • The building and curation of a successful, coherent and consistent list
  • Excellence in all-round publishing, irrespective of the genre or format
  • Working with other departments beyond the boundaries of acquisition and editing

What to submit

Biography and career highlights
Review of books worked on and key successes for the year
Summary of titles worked on
Author testimonials
Evidence of successful book campaigns (profits and book data)

Please submit a single PDF containing your written submission of up to 1,500 words addressing the category criteria. Any supplementary material should be included in the single PDF file. Your PDF should not exceed 5 pages in total.

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Previous Winners (as editor and imprint of the year)

2014 Helen Conford (Penguin)
2013 Nicholas Pearson (Fourth Estate)
2012 Liz Foley (Harvill Secker)
2011 Clara Farmer (Chatto & Windus)
2010 Lennie Goodings (Virago)
2009 Ravi Mirchandani (Atlantic Books)
2008 Robin Robertson (Jonathan Cape)
2007 Penelope Hoare (Chatto & Windus) and Simon Prosser (Hamish Hamilton)
2006 Bill Scott-Kerr (Corgi/Black Swan)
2005 Toby Mundy (Atlantic)

Independent Bookshop of the Year 

sponsored by Gardner’s Books

The winner of this award will simply be the best all-round independent bookshop in Britain.

Who should enter?

Independent bookshops and small chains with fewer than five branches

Criteria

  • The judges are looking for evidence that you are running a great bookshop. This falls into six areas:
  • Operational excellence. In areas like range, staff, website, premises, marketing & promotions and opening hours
  • Customers and service. How you go the 'extra mile' to provide the best possible customer service
  • Your place in the community. How your bookshop fits into the local area. This might include author events; work with the local library, school or college, and acting as a hub for people in the area
  • The physical shop. What makes your shop a great place to spend time and money?
  • Sustainability. The judges would like some evidence of financial success and viability. Although the content of all entries remains confidential, we will accept indexed comparisons
  • Digital books. How your shop is responding to the opportunity and threat posed by the growth in e-publishing

What to submit

Examples of marketing or customer newsletters
Press coverage 
Testimonials from customers
Photos of window displays, in-store promotions, campaigns through the year
Events that engage young readers
Engagement with the community
Highlights of the year (and why they are highlights)

Please submit a single PDF containing your written submission of up to 1,500 words addressing the category criteria. should be submitted in a single PDF file. Your PDF should not exceed 10 pages in total.

How to enter

Regional shortlists will be selected from entries submitted during the entry period 16th January - 21st February 2014. The winning bookshop in each region will go on to become a contender for the national Independent Bookshop of the Year award.

The regional shortlist will be announced in March. At this point, the general public will be involved with customers invited to add their comments in support of their favourite shortlisted bookshop.

The final judging will take place, together with all other categories, in April. The overall winner of this important category will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 12th May 2014.

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Previous winners

2014 Dulwich Books
2013 Linghams Bookshop, Wirral
2012 The Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells, Scottish Borders
2011 Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath
2010 One Tree Books, Hampshire
2009 Simply Books, Bramhall, Cheshire
2008 The Watermill Bookshop, Aberfeldy, the Scottish Highlands
2007 Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Publisher of the Year  

Who should enter?

This award is for a company that demonstrates consistently high quality publishing, outstanding commercial success and excellence across all disciplines, e.g. design, production, sales, marketing, rights, publicity, editorial and all operational areas. The winning publisher must demonstrate excellent author relations, operational efficiency, innovation and industry leadership in all areas.

Whilst this award has been won in the past by some of the UK's largest publishing firms, it is an acknowledgement of excellence, not size. Smaller, and non-trade, publishers are equally welcome to enter.

Criteria

The judges will be looking for all-round excellence in publishing. Examples of the type of evidence required include:

  • The commercial success of the publishing programme this year and evidence that it is part of a sustainable and durable business
  • Lively, creative and engaging publishing as evidenced by, for example, awards and prizes
  • The discovery of creative and commercially significant debut authors.
  • The retention of authors and evidence of investment in back list development
  • Innovation in the promotion, design and marketing of books in all formats, including digital.
  • Evidence of how the publisher has contributed to initiatives to grow the market, encourage reading and improve literacy levels
  • Industry leadership on key issues
  • Evidence of how publishers are contributing to the sustainability of the entire book trade

What to submit

Marketing highlights
Key achievements
Innovations
Rights deals
Press & reviews
Awards & recognition
Sales figures and market share, esp. growth

Please submit a single PDF containing your written submission of up to 2000 words addressing the category criteria. Any supplementary material should be included in the single PDF file. Your PDF should not exceed 15 pages in total.

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Previous Winners

2014 Little, Brown Book Group
2013 The Random House Group
2012 HarperCollins
2011 Quercus
2010 Little, Brown Book Group
2009 Canongate
2008 Random House CCV Division
2007 Penguin
2006 Faber & Faber
2005 Orion Publishing Group

Book Retailer of the Year

Who should enter?

This category is aimed at finding the best large-scale UK & Irish book retailer. Entries will be welcomed from book retail chains, internet booksellers of all types, supermarkets, book clubs, general high street stores where books form part of a larger overall range, or any other retailer successfully selling books. For the purposes of this category, a chain is defined as a retailer with four or more branches.

The winner of independent bookshop of the year and e-book retailer of the year categories will automatically be entered into this category.

Criteria

Judges will be looking for evidence of successful and committed book retailing, demonstrated through a clear strategy:

  • Overall excellence in in-store and online environments.
  • A clear understanding of customers' needs and how they have been met
  • Operational expertise and successful innovation in areas such as buying, returns, and range management.
  • Attention will be paid to financial results such as margin growth, profit, turnover and like-for-like performance. All figures will be treated in absolute confidence. Indexed figures permissible where actuals are not legally permissible but in both cases UK & Irish breakdowns are required
  • Particular emphasis will be given to companies which strive to promote the discoverability of front, mid and backlist books to a wider audience and enhance a reading culture.
  • Judges will want to see evidence of how retail businesses are contributing to the sustainability of the entire book trade.

What to submit

Schemes in place – bursary schemes, improving literacy, supporting the community projects
Digital retailing elements – screen caps and online strategy
Consumer campaigns – events, book campaigns, author projects
Brand promotion – advertising campaigns, brand management
Sales data
Market share

Please submit a single PDF containing your written submission of up to 1,500 words addressing the category criteria. Any supplementary material should be included in the single PDF file. Your PDF should not exceed 10 pages in total.

Enter Now

Previous Winner

2014 Blackwell’s

Previous Winners (as National Bookseller)

2013 Foyles
2012 Foyles

NB The General or Chain Bookselling Company of the Year was formed by the amalgamation of General Retailer of the Year and High Street Retailer of the Year in 2010

Previous Winners of General or Chain Bookseller

2011 Sainsbury's (General or Chain Bookseller)
2010 Foyles (General or Chain Bookseller)
2009 WHSmith (General Retailer) and Waterstones (High Street Retailer)
2008 WHSmith (General Retailer) and Waterstones (High Street Retailer)
2007 Asda (General Retailer) and Blackwell (High Street Retailer)
2006 Tesco (General Retailer) and Borders (High Street Retailer)
2005 Amazon.co.uk (General Retailer) and Borders (High Street Retailer)

Previous Winners of Direct Bookselling Company

2011 Amazon.co.uk
2010 The Book Depository
2009 The Book Depository
2008 Play.com
2007 The Book People
2006 Amazon.co.uk

Children's Publisher of the Year 

sponsored by Booktrust

Who should enter?

This award is for independent children's publishers, or for specialist children's divisions within larger publishers. The winner will demonstrate consistently high-quality children's publishing, outstanding commercial success and excellence across all appropriate disciplines, e.g. design, production, sales, marketing, rights, publicity, editorial and all operational areas. The winning publisher must demonstrate excellent author relations, operational efficiency and innovation. The category is open to publishers operating across all formats or digital-only.

Criteria

The judges will be looking for all-round excellence in children's publishing. Evidence may include:

  • The commercial success of the publishing programme this year and evidence that it is part of a sustainable and durable business
  • Lively, creative and engaging publishing as evidenced by, for example, awards and prizes
  • The discovery of creative and commercially significant debut authors.
  • The retention of authors and evidence of investment in back list development
  • Innovation in the promotion, design and marketing of books in all formats, including digital.
  • Evidence of how the publisher has contributed to initiatives to grow the market, encourage reading and improve literacy levels
  • Evidence of how publishers are contributing to the sustainability of the entire book trade

What to submit

Marketing campaign highlights
Key achievements
Innovations
Sales data
Rights deals
Press
Awards & recognition

Please submit a single PDF containing your written submission of up to 1,500 words addressing the category criteria. Any supplementary material should be included in the single PDF file. Your PDF should not exceed 10 pages in total.

Enter Now

Previous Winners

2014 Harper Collins Children’s Books
2013 Scholastic Children's Books
2012 Usborne Publishing
2011 Penguin Children's Books