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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.


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Announcing the 2016 Outstanding Books of the Year

Recognizing the Daring Spirit of Independent Authors and Publishers

For 33 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 all the entries. All of these books earned IPPY Award gold medals.

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



Most Original Concept

Screaming at the Void
By Erica Loberg (Depth of View Publishing)

Best Book Arts Craftsmanship

The River
By Helen Humphreys (ECW Press)

Most Likely to Save the Planet

Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet
By Gernot Wagner & Martin L. Weitzman (Princeton University Press)


33 Things to Talk to Kids About Global Challenges
By Constanze Niedermaier (CreateSpace)

Independent Spirit Award

Take It as a Compliment
By Maria Stoian (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Independent Voice Award

Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy
By Robert Higgs (Independent Institute)

Peacemaker of the Year

Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty
By Anne Herbert and Margaret Paloma Pavel; illustrated by Mayumi Oda (New Village Press)

Most Outstanding Design

The Eternal Letter: Two Millennia of the Classical Roman Capital
By Paul Shaw (Florio Design)

On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy
By Sherrie Lovler (Ink Monkey Press)