The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018

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The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018

London, 18 January 2018 – The London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards, in partnership with the Publishers Association (The PA), has launched the hunt for the Library of the Year, and the deadline for entries is fast approaching – Friday 26 January. Full details on the entry criteria for each award category are on the LBF website – www.londonbookfair.co.uk/awards.

The awards, sponsored by Hytex, are the UK’s recognition of international publishing industry excellence, celebrating achievement across the entire business of publishing. Ten categories are open to international companies outside the UK only, three to Market Focus Baltic Countries, and UK organisations are eligible for five awards.

Organisations or individuals can enter the awards via the LBF website by Friday 26 January 2018. Publishers are also encouraged to nominate organisations or individuals they feel deserve to be recognised for outstanding achievement in publishing this year. The shortlist will be announced in March.

The awards cover the whole scope of international publishing, including academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation.

Open to countries outside the UK only:
The Library of the Year Award (New)
The Audiobook Publisher Award (New)
The Academic and Professional Publisher Award
The Bookstore of the Year Award
The Educational Initiatives Award
The Educational Learning Resources Award
The Literary Agent Award
The Literary Translation Initiative Award
The Literary Festival Award
The Rights Professional Award

Open to Market Focus Baltic Countries only:
The Market Focus Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award
The Market Focus Adult Trade Publisher Award
The Market Focus Education Publisher Award (New)

Open to all countries, including the UK:
The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award (deadline 19 January)
The Brand Licencing Award
The Quantum Publishing Innovation Award
Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Award

Open to UK only:
The Inclusivity in Publishing 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. Please note nominations will not be sought for these categories with judging undertaken by APE respectively.

2017’s winners included companies from India, China, France, Turkey, Finland and Argentina, with the Arab world leading the pack with two awards. Nermin Mollaoglu (Kalem Agency) from Turkey was awarded The Literary Agent Award and new Rights Professional Award was awarded to Hui Hou from Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd. Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry was crowned The Market Focus Poland Children’s and Young Adult Publisher.

The LBF International Excellence Awards will be an invitation-only evening event, and will take place on Tuesday 10 April 2018 on the first day of LBF 2018 in The Conference Centre, Olympia, London.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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