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Brand / Series Identity

A minimum of 4 books would need to be submitted for this category (1 must have been published in the relevant year).

Limited Edition and Fine Binding

Private press publications may be included.

Digitally Printed Books

This is for both black and white and full colour books. Typography and design will be looked at closely in this category.

Best use of Cross Media to Enhance a Book

The utilisation of cross media technology that both compliments and enhances a printed book. Please note a hard copy of the book will need to be supplied and you will also need to provide judges with access to the supporting App or multimedia feature.

Exhibition Catalogues

These need to have been produced to the highest standards of print quality, with fully documented entries and illustrations.

Photographic Books, Art and Architecture Monographs

This category is for the high end market.

Trade Illustrated

General non-fiction.

Lifestyle Illustrated     

Living and lifestyle activities eg cooking, DIY, gardening.


Fiction, poetry, biography and letters - both hardback and paperback.

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education

This applies to educational books produced for schools, colleges and universities. Three books will be chosen from the categories and one will be the overall winner and two will be highly commended.

Scholarly, Academic and Reference Books

e.g. dictionaries, atlases, research.

Children's Trade

All children's literature entered in age categories 0-5, 6-11 12-16.  Three books will be chosen, one will be the overall winner and two will be highly commended.

Best Jacket/Cover design

Full colour or black and white.

Best Student Book of the Year

This category is open to anyone studying in full or part time education on a recognised publishing, printing or design-based course within the UK (there is no entry fee for this category). Please note that a signed letter from the student's course professor must be included with the entry stating course, college and course dates. The winner of the award will be given the opportunity to have some work experience with either a designer, publisher or printer and also a cheque for £500 along with the trophy that will be presented at the awards evening on 20 November 2014.

Best British Book

This book has to be designed, published, printed and bound in Great Britain.

Book of the Year

This will be picked from the winners of the other categories.

British Printing Industries AssociationOxford Brookes UniversityThe Publishers Association