IBS Sponsors Bookseller Industry Book Award

Press Release

IBS is proud to announce it will be a headline sponsor at this year’s Bookseller Industry Book Awards, which recognises retailers and publishers from all areas of the business.

The Bookseller Industry Book Awards is a union of two major industry events; The Bookseller Retail Awards and The British Book Industry Awards and brings together the best within the book publishing and distribution industry to single out the exceptional success and contributions companies have had to the publishing industry.

IBS Bookmaster will be sponsoring and hosting the prestigious award ‘Innovation in the Publishing Supply Chain’. The nominee shortlist for this award will be announced at the annual London Book Fair, which is running from 19-21 April this year at Earl’s Court exhibition centre.

“This is an important award and we are proud to be associated with an initiative that recognises innovation in the publishing industry,” says Claire Peel at IBS.

All eyes will be on the ‘Innovation in the Publishing Supply Chain’ category this year. With budgets slashed, innovation was massively important when it came to maximising investment in book creation, promotion and supply. Seeing who comes out on top with the best innovation in the industry is one of the most eagerly anticipated categories in this year’s Book Industry Awards.

“Awards like this highlight the impressive work done by publishing companies on a daily basis and IBS are delighted to be part of the Bookseller Industry Book Awards,” says Peel. “This further highlights IBS’s commitment to the book industry and our dedication to honouring best practice in publishing and book distribution.” 

For the ‘Innovation in the Supply Chain Award’, judges will be looking for evidence of any combination of the following: improved supply chain efficiency, i.e. new models for streamlining distribution; shortening the distribution process and supply chain cycle to get books to market as quickly as possible; initiatives that have optimised the supply chain process; the application of technology to enhance supply chain performance; and creative problem-solving and innovative thinking.

The judging panel will be formed by some of the biggest names in the industry and, together with the Bookseller, include; Eddie Bell, Judy Piatkus, Kate Wilson, Kit van Tulleken and Angus Phillips. Brian Berg, of leading British record label Universal, will also serve on the judging panel and brings a view from a different entertainment media, one that has grappled with many of the issues book publishing is now facing.

The final Awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday 17 May 2010 – the first evening of the two-day BA Book Industry Conference, which takes place in London on 17 and 18 May.