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About the IPPYs

The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 3,000 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world. 

Independent publishers are extremely diverse, in both style and geography. This year’s IPPY competition attracted 3,700 entries in the national categories, 1,300 regional entries and 600 e-book entries. So, 5,600 total entries and 400 total medals to be presented. The medalists represented 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, five Canadian provinces, and ten countries overseas.

Where do the most IPPY winners live? For 2013, the most medal-winning books came from California, with a whopping 49 winners! New York is next with 27 winners, and then a very even distribution between Texas, Massachusetts and Colorado with 12 each; Michigan has 11 winners; Minnesota, North Carolina and Washington have 10 each; Illinois, Arizona, and Ontario each garnered 9 winners.

“Independent publishers are growing in number, and the quality of their work is increasing,” said awards director Jim Barnes. “One element driving the high rate of excellence is participation from university presses. This year, 29 medalists came from university presses and 9 came from museums. Their elevated level of writing, editing, design and production raises the bar and inspires us all.”


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Announcing the 2014 Outstanding Book of the Year Awards

These special awards recognize the daring spirit of independent authors and publishers

For 31 years our mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society.

These medalists were chosen from our regular entries for exemplifying this daring spirit -- the book projects our judges found the most heartfelt, unique, outspoken and experimental among almost 6,000 entries. All of these books earned IPPY Award gold medals.

Congratulations to this year's Outstanding Books of the Year!

(Scroll over book covers to reveal judges' comments.)




Most Original Concept

A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley 

by Warren Lehrer (Goff Books)

Best Book Arts Craftsmanship

The Brief Reign and Death of King Claudius 

Edited by Charles Adams Kelly and Dayna Leigh Plehn; illustrated by John Austen; watercolor by Rose Jaffe; binding by Jon Buller
(Triple Anvil Press at Mystery Ridge)

Most Likely to Save the Planet

Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth

Edited by Tom Butler and George Wuerthner (Watershed Media)

Independent Spirit Award

I’m Falling

by Kelly Reemtsen (Self-Published)

Peacemaker of the Year

American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom

by Katrina Fried (Welcome Books)

Independent Voice Award (tie)

Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year
by Ramsey Beyer (Zest Books)


The Tragedy of Orenthal: Prince of Brentwood
by Michael W. Monk (Small Batch Books)

Most Outstanding Design


by Reese Taylor (be bold books)

Outstanding E-Book Achievement

SHERLOCK: Interactive Adventure

by A.C. Doyle (HAAB Entertainment)