The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has announced the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Award finalists recognizing excellence in independent publishing. More than 150 finalists are featured in 54 categories. Gold winners will be revealed Friday, April 8, 2016 at a special ceremony during IBPA’s annual Publishing University conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. All are welcome.
“This year, the Benjamin Franklin Book Award judges read 1,370 entries from across the independent publishers community, each featuring its own unique voice and perspective,” said Angela Bole, IBPA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Following the tabulation of scores, we’re pleased to honor over 150 finalists across 54 categories – truly the best of the best.”
Each of the 1,370 entrants into the 2016 program were judged by three independent judges. Each judge had either a design focus or an editorial focus. Most entrants were assigned two editorial judges and one design judge. Some entrants, however, like those in the “Interior Design” category, were assigned only design judges and some entrants, like those in the “Best New Voice” categories, were assigned only editorial judges. All entrants will receive a completed score card from each judge
Winning an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award remains one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers. To be a 2016 finalists, a book must have been published in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
The Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony, open to all, is the culminating event of the awards cycle each year. Held Friday, April 8, 2016 during IBPA’s annual Publishing University in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 2016 ceremony will include the announcement of one Gold winner in each of the 54 categories. All finalists receive two complimentary tickets to the ceremony. Attendees of IBPA’s Publishing University also attend the ceremony for free. Additional tickets can be purchased for $30 each.
ABOUT IBPA: Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, IBPA leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,100 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry. For more information, visit www.ibpa-online.org.