The London Book Fair celebrates International Book Industry Excellence

New Awards announced in association with The UK Publishers Association

NEWS FOR RELEASE, FRANKFURT, THURSDAY 10th OCTOBER 2013: The London Book Fair (LBF) announced last night a brand new international awards for the book industry – The London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards, which is being launched in association with The UK Publishers Association (The PA).

The awards will cover all aspects of the business of 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, will judge 12 individual award categories, which will include:

• The LBF Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing
• The PA Award for International Copyright Protection, sponsored by Awards partner, The UK Publishers Association
• The British Council International New Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This award is part of the British Council Creative Entrepreneurs Programme which identifies and rewards innovative entrepreneurial thinking in the creative sectors around the world
• The LBF, The PA and the British Council Award for Market Focus Innovation

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “Whilst there are various awards in many markets that include an international category, these awards will fill a gap by celebrating international achievement across the whole business of publishing. The awards will provide a truly global view of the book world, and provide an opportunity for the UK publishing industry to recognise, and celebrate, the excellent achievements of their international book industry colleagues.”

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The UK Publishers Association, said: “An award recognising the important international dimension of our industry feels long overdue, and it is right to have an occasion in the year to acknowledge it. Overseas markets continue to play a key role for UK publishers, with 41% of revenue coming from exports. There are numerous innovative companies and talented individuals who contribute to the continued success of British publishing internationally and we look forward to applauding their achievements.”

The London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards will be an evening event, and will take place on Tuesday 8 April, the first day of LBF 2014. The Awards Ceremony will be held in The Conference Centre, Earls Court, London.

The announcement of the shortlist will be issued in February 2014.

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Tuesday 8 -Thursday 10 April 2014

Notes to editors:


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. For further information, please visit:


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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