19 January 2007
The Bodleian Library has been nominated for the Innovation of the Year Award, one of eight awards to be issued in 2007 for the first time by the UK Independent Publisher’s Guild (IPG), in association with The Bookseller and London Book Fair.
The Bodleian, one of five publishers nominated in this category, was shortlisted for its reissues of the World War II Instructions for Servicemen books, which have sold over 100,000 copies. Dr Samuel Fanous, Head of Communications and Publishing at the Bodleian Library said: ‘This nomination is a recognition generally of the Library’s publishing programme, and specifically, of its success in making books drawn from its collections appealing to general readers. The Bodleian Library recognised that the property they had could be marketed in a new way.’
The IPG represents the interests of Britain’s small independent publishers, which number over 480 companies. These inaugural awards hope to set up a tradition of promoting the commercial and creative contribution that independent publishers make to the industry and to the economy.
Twenty-two independent publishers are competing in seven categories, with an eighth award, the van Tulleken Independent Publisher of the Year, for the overall winner. The panel of nineteen judges consists of distinguished representatives drawn from the UK bookselling and publishing community. The awards will be presented at the IPG Annual Conference in Brighton on Saturday, 3 March 2007.
The winners will be featured in The Bookseller magazine.
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