Search for world’s best bookstore launched by LBF 2016

Search for world’s best bookstore launched by LBF 2016

Entries open for LBF International Excellence Awards 2016

LONDON/FRANKFURT, 14 October 2015:

The London Book Fair (LBF), in association with The UK Publishers Association (The PA), has launched the search for ‘The International Bookstore of the Year’, as part of the new-look LBF International Excellence Awards.

The LBF International Excellence Awards 2016, which opened online submissions today, are back for a third year to celebrate publishing success across the world and across sectors, with categories including Academic, Education and Trade publishing.

Companies or individuals can enter for the awards via the LBF website by 15 January 2016. Publishers are also encouraged to nominate companies or individuals who they feel deserve to be recognised for outstanding achievement in publishing this year.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair said: ‘It’s always good to celebrate achievement and the global publishing industry has more than its fair share of innovation, success and triumph. These awards are a great platform to promote the best practice we see around the world. For everyone out there who knows of projects and people who are going the extra mile and achieving great things – please do nominate them and help us to celebrate this creative industry.’

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of the Publishers Associationsaid: ‘I am delighted that the International Excellence Awards are now a firm fixture on the LBF schedule. Our focus this year on finding the world’s best bookstore aims to highlight the absolutely vital role bookshops play worldwide in not only promoting new titles but also advising readers on the many excellent books already published but yet to be discovered. We look forward to hearing about the many initiatives being undertaken by colleagues around the world which showcase the best in publishing.’

The Awards are the UK’s recognition of international publishing industry excellence. They have been designed to celebrate achievement across the entire business of publishing. 10 categories are open to international companies outside the UK only. UK organisations are eligible for three awards (indicated by (*) below): 

The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award (*) 
Bookstore of the Year Award 
Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award 
Academic and Professional Publisher Award 
Education Initiatives Award 
Educational Learning Resources Award 
Adult Trade Publisher Award 
Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award 
Literary Translation Initiative Award 
IP Licensing Across Media Award 
Innovation Award (*) 
Literary Agent Award 
Market Focus Achievement Award (*)

Nominations and submissions in these categories will be reviewed by panels of UK judges with relevant expertise in each category.

The Awards ceremony will also celebrate several other awards including the Association for Publishing Education (APE) Awards and The IPA Freedom to Publish Award. Please note nominations will not be sought for these categories with judging undertaken by APE and IPA respectively.

The Awards were launched at LBF 2014 when companies from US, Malaysia, India and Australia led the way. This year’s winners included companies from Middle East, Singapore, China, Sweden with a particularly strong showing from Belgian companies who won two awards; Uigeverij Van receiving the Educational Learning Resources Award and Clavis Publishing winning Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award.

The shortlist will be announced in March 2016. The winners will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony on Tuesday 14 April 2016, at LBF, Olympia, London.


Entry by 15 January 2016. Full details on the entry criteria for each award category are below and on the LBF website –

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Notes to editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 12 -Thursday 14 April 2016

THE LBF INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDSThe LBF International Excellence Awards are being run in association with the UK Publishers Association. These unique awards celebrate achievement across the entire business of publishing, providing a truly global industry vision. The first Awards presentation took place during The London Book Fair 2014. The second Awards presentation took place at The London Book Fair 2015 at Olympia. For entry forms, criteria and more information visit


The London Book Fair (LBF) 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. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 11 April. For further information, please visit:

THE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION 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.

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