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British Book Design and Production Awards 2014 Shortlist Announced


The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association are proud to announce the shortlist for the British Book Design and Production Awards 2014.  With 15 categories, each full of high calibre applicants, the awards are set to be a great display of excellence and eye-catching book design and production.

A five-strong panel of industry experts from the areas of design, publishing and production gathered for two days at Oxford Brookes University, where they went through a tough selection process in order to reach the shortlist decision.  Due to the high quality of entrants this year the judges had an extremely difficult decision on their hands to select the shortlist.

The winners of each respective category will be announced at the awards evening on Thursday 20 November at the prestigious Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London.  The awards evening is attended by the best in the Print, Design and Publishing sectors, making it the must attend event of the year.  Seats and tables are in hot demand, so to be sure of not missing out on any of the evening’s glittering prize-giving, visit: to confirm your place.

BPIF would like to thank the sponsors for the 2014 Awards:  Canon, Fedrigoni, Friedheim International, Intelligent Finishing Systems, Kodak and Kolbus.

Shortlist 2014

Brand / Series Identity

Leon - Octopus Publishing Group
Phaidon Focus Series - Phaidon Press
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books - The Folio Society 
Vintage Classics Austen Series - Vintage Books

Limited Edition and Fine Binding

Ship of Theseus - Canongate Books
Sensuous Lines - The Fleece Press 
WA: The Essence of Japanese Design - Phaidon Press 
The Third Thing The Old Stile Press

Digitally Printed Books

Simona Aru - Hurtwood Press
The Mischievous Mind - Hurtwood Press
Vision in China - Screaming Colour

Best Use of Cross Media 

The Legend of Jack O' Lantern - Ingram Lightning Source
Marketing - SAGE Publications

Exhibition Catalogues 

Germany Divided: Baselitz and His Generation - British Museum Press
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs - Tate Publishing
The Sick Rose - Thames & Hudson

Photographic Books, Art / Architecture Monographs

The True Artist - Phaidon Press
Sarah Jones - Violette Editions
AALTO - Zak Group

Trade Illustrated

The New Sylva - Grade Design 
Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology - Laurence King Publishing 
The Granny Alphabet - Thames & Hudson

Lifestyle Illustrated

 One: A Cook and Her Cupboard - Hodder & Stoughton
Smashing Plates - Kyle Books
Colour of Maroc- Murdock Books


The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth - Jonathan Cape (Random House)
Shooting Stars: Ten Historical Miniatures - Pushkin Press
The Day of the Jackal - The Folio Society

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education 

What They Didn't Teach You in Design School - Ilex
Activate 1 - Oxford University Press
What's Inside?- Thames & Hudson

Scholarly, Academic and Reference Books 

Overleaf - Kew Publishing 
The Great War - Jonathan Cape (Random House) 
Dutch & Flemish Drawing s- V&A Publishing

Children's Trade

Chug Chug Tractor - DK Publishing
Thirteen - Macmillan Children's Books
The Alexander Trilogy - The Folio Society
Peck Peck Peck - Walker Books

Best Jacket / Cover Design 

Honey & Co - Hodder & Stoughton
Ceviche - Orion Publishing Group
On the Road to the Sea - Templar Poetry

Best Student Book

Man Made - Jasmine Kerry, Norwich University of the Arts
The Fox and the Bear - Sarah Strandoo, Norwich University of the Arts 
The Whistleblower Chronicles - Nick Hussain, University of the West of England

Best British Book 

The Perfect Capital - Acorn Independent Press
Sensuous Lines - The Fleece Press
The Princess and the Goblin - The Folio Society

International Conference 2013 -- International Challenges and Opportunities in an Evolving Marketplace


Booking for the PA international Conference is now open here.



PA Comment on the launch of the new Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit



Commenting on the launch of the new Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, Richard Mollet, CEO of The Publishers Association, said:

“The launch of Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit is a hugely significant development in the fight against online intellectual property crime which undermines the creative industries on a daily basis. 


IP Crime Annual Report 2012-2013


The Intellectual Property Office's IP Crime Report is now available on the IPO's website. Please click here to view the full report.

Places available on the International Publishing Summer School in Oxford


Due to the late cancellation of a group booking, we unexpectedly have a few places available on the International Publishing Summer School taking place in Oxford from 1st - 12th July. 


London Digital Book Printing Forum 2013


London Digital Book Printing Forum 2013

Building on the success of the past three editions of its London Digital Book Printing Forums, INTERQUEST is organizing a similar event in 2013.


The All Party Parliamentary Publishing Group's Author Publisher Dialogues



The All Party Parliamentary Publishing Group, for which The Publishers Association acts as secretariat, hosted a parliamentary event on Wednesday 28th November in the House of Commons. The panellists spoke to an audience of publishers, Members of Parliament, Peers and creative industry representatives, and covereda range of issues including the importance of the author/publisher relationship, literacy, public and school libraries, the value of publishing to the UK economy; and the importance of intellectual property.

The Author Publisher Dialogues were between three authors and their respective publishers.  Man Booker Prize-winning author and journalist, Howard Jacobson was interviewed by Richard Charkin, Managing Director at Bloomsbury; best-selling crime fiction writer, Mark Billingham, was interviewed by David Shelley, Publisher at Little, Brown; and acclaimed author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz was interviewed by Jane Winterbotham, Publishing Director at Walker Books.


In Memory of Tim Rix



It is with great regret that we have learned today that our former President Tim Rix has died. Tim was PA President from 1981-83, and was one of the most widely respected and successful publishers of his generation. He was best known as the Chief Executive of Longman, at the time the largest and longest established educational publisher in the UK, from 1976 until 1990, and Chairman from 1984. After leaving Longman, Tim continued with numerous high profile engagements within and around our industry. He was a director of Yale University Press and latterly Chair of Edinburgh University Press. Tim also served on the boards of the British Library and the British Council, had been Chair of Book Trust and of Book Aid International, and was active in the Independent Publishers Guild. His last engagement was as a director of Whittles Publishing, an independent publisher based in Caithness. Tim will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues in our industry. We offer our condolences to his wife, Gillian and to his family.



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