US leads the way with three awards but new Malaysian publisher takes the trade publishing crown

NEWS FOR RELEASE, LONDON, 8 APRIL 2014, 8pm: The winners of The London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards, in association with The Publishers Association, have been announced at a prestigious Awards ceremony held on the first day of The London Book Fair.

The Awards provide recognition from the UK for the best companies and individuals from across the international publishing industry, as such UK companies are not eligible for the majority of categories.

The line-up of winners was truly global with Belorussia, Pakistan, India, Denmark, Australia, Malaysia, the US and China all coming up trumps.

The US publishing industry led the pack with three winners including the University of Chicago Press in the Academic and Professional category, The Best Translated Book Award won in Literary Translation Initiatives category and Robert Kirkman who created Walking Dead won for the best use of IP. The evening saw a real coup for Fixi, the Malaysian publisher, who picked up The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award despite having set up only three years ago. They have gained a great reputation at breakneck speed including snapping up huge authors for their translation list.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “In the course of our preparation for The London Book Fair, my team and I are lucky enough to meet so many inspirational individuals and learn about fascinating initiatives from publishing companies around the world. So it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the best international talent at our Awards. From new companies like Fixi in Malaysia to publishing stalwarts like renowned Danish agent, Anneli Høier, the winners tonight provide a fascinating showcase for international publishing.”

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The UK Publishers Association, said: “The London Book Fair is the perfect location to celebrate the achievements of international publishing and the range of talent on display across the industry. Around the world, publishers are innovating and developing new ideas of how and what publishing could and will look like in the future and these awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate our success as an industry.”

Cortina Butler, Director Literature, British Council, said: “We are delighted that the winning organisations and individuals in this inaugural awards demonstrate the exciting creative entrepreneurship in today’s international publishing industry and the continuing impact of The London Book Fair Market Focus programme.”

The winners of the LBF International Book Industry Excellence Awards are:

IPA Freedom to Publish Award: Ihar Lohvinau, Belarus
Korea Market Focus Outstanding Contribution Award: Eric Yang Agency
The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award: Fixi, Malaysia
• The Crossmedia Award for Best Use of IP: Robert Kirkman, Skybound, US
• The International Academic and Professional Publisher Award: University of Chicago Press, US
The International Education Initiatives Award: Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Australia
• The International Educational Learning Resources Award: Penguin Australia
The International Literary Agent Award: Anneli Høier, Leonhardt & Høier Literary Agency, Denmark
The International Literary Translation Initiative Award: Best Translated Book Award, US
The International Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award: Tara Books, India
The UK Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award: Oxford University Press, Pakistan
The Market Focus Achievement Award: Motilal Books of India
The Publishers Weekly International Book Industry Technology Supplier Award: Publishing Technology, China
The Publishing for Digital Minds Innovation Award: Bookmate (Russia)
British Council International Digital Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Ricardo Almeida, president of Clube de Autores

The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Deborah Rogers of Rogers, Coleridge and White.

The Awards which celebrate international excellence in the book industry, cover all aspects of the business of international publishing, including academic publishing, the supply chain, education, children’s publishing and digital innovation. A panel of UK judges, with international or discipline-specific expertise, have judged the individual award categories.

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Press contact: Nicola Green, Midas PR. 020 7361 7865 /

Tuesday 8 -Thursday 10 April 2014

Notes to editors:

The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award (*)
British Council International Digital Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year Award 
The Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award 
The International Academic and Professional Publisher Award 
The International Education Initiatives Award 
The International Educational Learning Resources Award 
The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award 
The International Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award  The Publishing for Digital Minds Innovation Award (*) 
International Literary Translation Initiative Award 
The International Transformation Award for best use of IP 
The International Book Industry Technology Supplier Award 
The International Literary Agent Award (*) 
The Market Focus Achievement Award (*) 
Korea Market Focus Award for Outstanding Contribution (*) Organisations and individuals from the UK are eligible to enter the Awards marked (*).

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. The London Book Fair 2014, the 43rd Fair, will take place from Tuesday 8-Thursday 10 April 2014, Earls Court, London. The London Book Fair’s Digital Minds Conference will take place the day before LBF opens, on Monday 7 April. Korea is Market Focus country in 2014, following Turkey in 2013.

The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 117 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover.

The British Council Creative Entrepreneurs Programme, which identifies and rewards innovative entrepreneurial thinking in the creative sectors around the world, is run by the British Council’s Creative Economy team, which forges connections between creative industries in the UK and overseas.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

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