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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 medalists represent 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, six Canadian provinces, and ten countries overseas: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Where do the most IPPY winners live? For 2015, the most medal-winning books came from California, with a whopping 81 winners! New York is next with 35 winners, and then Texas and Massachusetts with 12 each; Pennsylvania has 15 winners; Colorado has 11; South Carolina, North Carolina and Washington have 10 each.


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Announcing the 2015 Outstanding Books of the Year

Recognizing the Daring Spirit of Independent Authors and Publishers

For 32 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!

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Most Original Concept

The Boomer List
by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (Luxury Custom Publishing / AARP)

Best Book Arts Craftsmanship

Project 365
by Vincent Serritella (Vincent Serritella Studio)

Most Likely to Save the Planet

The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time
by Mark Nelson (Synergetic Press)

Independent Spirit Award

Super Power Baby Project
written and photographed by Rachel Callander (Evie's Book Club)


Woman: An Anthology
Edited by Alana Brooker
Contributions by various authors (At Bay Press)

Peacemaker of the Year

Painting for Peace in Ferguson
by Carol Swartout Klein (Layla Dog Press)


Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street
by Robert L. Okin, MD (Golden Pine Press)

Independent Voice Award

To This Day
by Shane Koyczan (Annick Press)

Most Outstanding Design

The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook
by George A. Walker (The Porcupine's Quill)