New International Book Trade Journalist Award

The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019

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London Book Fair International Excellence Awards

The London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards, in partnership with the Publishers Association (The PA), has launched the hunt for the best international book trade journalist, and the deadline for entries is Thursday, 10 January 2019.

This new award will recognize the best international journalist writing for specialist publishing/book trade newspapers, magazines or websites. This is for book and publishing trade journalists only and recognizes the vital role they play in international publishing. Any book trade journalist based outside of the UK, who has been writing about the book trade for more than two years can enter. Specialist journalists on general interest publications such as national newspapers can not enter for this award, and collaborative entries will be considered.

Book trade journalists based outside of the UK can enter/be nominated for the award via the LBF website by 10 January 2019.

The awards celebrate publishing success in 16 other categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, innovative publishing, and ground-breaking initiatives in the industry. Awards are given to companies and individuals across the world and across sectors, with categories including academic and professional publisher, rights professional, literary agent, and library of the year.

The LBF International Excellence Awards ceremony will be an invitation-only evening event and will take place on 12 March 2019 on the first day of LBF 2019.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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