Bookseller Indsutry Awards
Blackwell’s – Book Retailer of the Year
Little, Brown – Publisher of the Year
Pan Macmillan was also recognized with The Bookseller Special Award for its work with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Dame Gail Rebuck, chair of Penguin Random House UK, was given the Booksellers Association’s award for Outstanding Contribution to the Book Trade for her devotion to the Books Are My Bag campaign.
The inaugural Imprint of the Year title was bestowed upon Jonathan Cape for its “supreme fusion of the commercial and literary”.
Meanwhile Penguin Press’s Helen Conford was crowned Editor of the Year for her handling of Morrissey’s Autobiography among other titles.
Literary Agent of the Year was awarded to Caroline Dawnay of United Agents who was described as a “canny exploiter of traditional publishing deals and new opportunities”.
Meanwhile, the vote was so close between Rights Professionals Andrea Joyce of Canongate and Penguin’s Zosia Knopp that judges decided to award both women the title.
Dulwich Books, a London regional finalist, won in the especially hard-fought category of Independent Bookshop of the Year.
In Children’s, HarperCollins Children’s Books won Children’s Publisher of the Year category after turning David Walliams into the “king” of the children’s fiction market.
Meanwhile, The Edinburgh Bookshop won the Children’s Bookseller of the Year for its “passionate commitment” to reading for young people and Rachael Wing from the Wallingford Bookshop won the Young Retailer of the Year award in honour of Sue Butterworth.
Independent Publisher of the Year went to Canongate.
In digital, eBooks by Sainsbury’s was crowned E-book Retailer of the Year for its “varied and stimulating” e-book promotions both online and in stores, and its collaboration with publishers, while Faber & Faber scooped the prize for Digital Strategy of The Year for its sharp digital marketing, use of different models including apps and subscriptions.
In Academic, Bloomsbury scooped the top spot in the Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year category.
Orion’s Gone Girl claimed the Marketing Strategy of the Year prize, commended for its “hugely successful steering of word of mouth” for the biggest paperback fiction seller of the year. Meanwhile Headline’s Ben Willis scooped Publicity Campaign of the Year award for The Silent Wife, which the judges said stood out for its “energy and ingenuity”.
Library of the Year went to Midlothian, for its strong children’s service and “hugely impressive” programme of events among other virtues.
Meanwhile the proof-distribution platform giving publishers control in proof distribution and access to feedback NetGalley won the Supply Chain Innovation Award.
Blackwell’s Manchester Paul Thornton was awarded Manager of the Year after “transforming” sales, profits and morale of a flagging store.