Publishers from Belorussia, Pakistan, India, Denmark, Australia, Malaysia, the U.S. and China were among the winners of the first London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards, given in association with the Publishers Association and presented at the fair yesterday.
As previously announced, the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award went to Deborah Rogers of Rogers, Coleridge and White.
Jacks Thomas, LBF director, 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 H¯ier, the winners tonight provide a fascinating showcase for international publishing."
Richard Mollet, PA CEO, 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 organizations 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 program."
The winners were:
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 H¯ier, Leonhardt & H¯ier 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 British Council YCE Digital Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Ricardo Almeida from Brazil