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IBPA names BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS™ Finalists

May 10, 2012

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is proud to announce the finalists in the 24th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards™. The three finalists in each of the 54 categories were chosen from close to 1,300 entries, and one winner per category will be announced at the Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony on Monday evening, June 4th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York city on the eve of BookExpo America 2012.

Top experts in the book industry, including librarians, booksellers and design experts, judged every entry. In keeping with IBPA’s educational mission, all entrants receive a written critique with advice on how to improve their publications as well as kudos for the good work produced.

Honoring excellence in publishing annually since 1988, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ have recognized publishers as large as John Wiley and Sons, DK and Sourcebooks, and as small as Happy Quail, Appell Publishing, and Exalt Press.

This year’s finalists include a spectacular array of titles from publishers large and small, including The Drama-Free Office from Greenleaf Book Group, LLC, Empowering Spanish Speakers – Answers for Educators, Business People, and Friends of Latinos from Summerland Corp., My Grama’s Garden from My Grama’s Garden and more…

The Independent Book Publishers Association, the largest not-for-profit association of publishers in the United States, is pleased to honor this year’s Benjamin Franklin Awards.™ finalists.  A complete listing of finalists may also be found on the IBPA website http://www.ibpa-online.org/pubresources/benfrank2012_finalist.aspx

Terms of Engagement–Amazon and IPG

February 24, 2012

Amazon has withdrawn from sale Kindle versions of IPG client publishers’ titles after IPG, the second-largest independent book distributor, declined to accept new selling terms that, as IPG Mark Suchomel said to IPG client publishers, “would have substantially changed your revenue.” See coverage in Shelf AwarenessPW Daily and Crain’s .

IPG President Mark Suchomel pointed out in a bulletin to IPG client publishers that “Amazon.com is putting pressure on publishers and distributors to change their terms for electronic and print books to be more favorable toward Amazon. Our electronic book agreement recently came up for renewal, and Amazon took the opportunity to propose new terms for electronic and print purchases that would have substantially changed your revenue from the sale of both. It’s obvious that publishers can’t continue to agree to terms that increasingly reduce already narrow margins. I have spoken directly with many of our clients and every one of them agrees that we need to hold firm with the terms we now offer.”

Suchomel  urges IPG clients to “support accounts that support your business. Ask the organizations you support to do the same. Remind family and friends of the value to our society of independent voices and ideas, and that independent publishers and bookstores need to be supported or they will go away.”

He goes on to say “Remember that Amazon continues to be an important account that sells a lot of units. This is a business decision on Amazon’s part, and hopefully they will soon decide to reverse it and buy at our standard terms.”

Certainly independent publishers value their relationships with all trading partners, but that relationship can’t be at the expense of their livelihood. We at IBPA are especially concerned with the impact that ever-declining profit margins have on the smaller independent publisher who is least able to absorb it. We commend IPG for its support of the independent publishing community and for shining the spotlight on this critical issue.

We welcome comments from our members and others.

 

World Book Night Giver Deadline Extended to Feb. 6

February 2, 2012

There’s still time to be a part of World Book Night! The deadline to be a giver has been extended to Feb. 6!

Go to http://www.worldbooknight.org/ to sign up to be a giver, and to learn all about this fabulous program. All you need to become a giver is a little time, a love of books, and the desire to give something to your community. Think about where you’d like to give away the books before you go online to apply. Be creative. And thank you!

World Book Night wants YOU

January 29, 2012

World Book Night is a campaign to find light or non-readers across America all on one day – April 23 – and hand them each a book. Person-to-person. To get more people reading.

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which will see tens of thousands of passionate volunteers give away books in their communities to share their love of reading. Successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, World Book Night will also be celebrated in the U.S. and Germany on April 23, 2012, with more countries to come in future years.

How does World Book Night work? 

In the U.S., 30 titles have already been specially chosen by a panel of booksellers and librarians and will be printed in special World Book Night paperback editions. Givers apply to give away a particular book (you get a first, second and third choice) and they must commit to give them away to those who don’t regularly read in order to share and spread their love of reading. Each giver receives 20 copies which they pick up from their local bookshop and library the week before April 23.

The greatest reading journeys start when you put a book in to someone’s hand and say ‘this one’s amazing, you have to read it’ and by applying to be a giver you can help World Book Night give that experience to new readers on April 23. World Book Night, through social media and traditional publicity, will also promote the value of reading, of printed books, and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year-round.

Why April 23? 

April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature. It is the date of the birth and death of Shakespeare, as well as the day Cervantes died. It is in their honor that UNESCO appointed it the International Day of the Book and now been chosen to also celebrate World Book Night.

Be a part of World Book Night! Go to http://www.worldbooknight.org/ to sign up to be a giver, and to learn all about this fabulous program. All you need to become a giver is a little time, a love of books, and the desire to give something to your community. Think about where you’d like to give away the books before you go online to apply. Be creative. And thank you!

The deadline to sign up is February 1st! And yes, you can give your books away during the day of April 23rd as well as in the evening.

For more information, visit http://www.worldbooknight.org/


 


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