In a breakthrough year for the Chinese publishing industry, China Publishing Group (CPG) has been named the winner of the prestigious Simon Master Chairman’s Award at The London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards. The Chairman’s Award is a prize of distinction commending a publisher who has made an outstanding contribution to the global publishing industry. CPG President, Tan Yue, received the award from Director of The London Book Fair, Jacks Thomas.
Throughout his extensive career, Simon Master, the first non-Executive Chairman of the London Book Fair Advisory Board, made a huge contribution to the publishing sector and the Simon Master Chairman’s Award is named in his honour.
The announcement was made at the global awards ceremony hosted at this year’s LBF where CPG member company, the People’s Literature Publishing House (PLPH), was also shortlisted for the Adult Trade Publisher Award.
This year The London Book Fair saw a strong Chinese presence with four national publishers represented at the industry awards alongside renowned global names such as HarperCollins, Elsevier and Cambridge University Press. Alongside CPG and PLPH, IPCC was shortlisted for The Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award for their consistent work helping to protect copyright in overseas markets.
China was The London Book Fair Market Focus in 2012 and three years on two out of three of this year’s shortlist in The Market Focus Achievement Award came from China. The Market Focus Achievement Award is chosen from all the countries and territories that have been Market Focus and honours one whose achievements have been particularly special. China National Import and Export (Group) Corporation and Dorling Kindersley China were both shortlisted for their strong commitment to upholding links between the Chinese publishing world and the international community.
Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “In the last few years, we have seen the rise and rise of Chinese publishing and it is fantastic to see this celebrated at The London Book Fair. We are proud to place a spotlight on contemporary Chinese publishers and China as an important publishing arena. China Publishing Group is a worthy winner of the Simon Master Chairman’s Award which is awarded to commend an outstanding contribution to the global publishing industry.”
Tan Yue, President, China Publishing Group Corporation, said: “The winning of such an honour by China Publishing Group Corporation at the internationally influential London Book Fair symbolises the gradual release of international communication power of the Chinese publishing industry. It not only witnesses the in-depth integration of Chinese culture with the world, but also indicates a greater room for our development.”
The London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards celebrate international excellence in the book industry and cover all areas of international publishing including: academic and scholarly, children’s publishing and digital innovation. In each award category the judging panel was made up of experts in that sector.
The awards were presented on Tuesday 14 April 2015 at the stunning new venue for The London Book Fair, London Olympia Conference Centre.
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