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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 3,300 "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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IPPY Award Winners Announced for 2014

"Independent Publishers Tell Real Stories about Real People and Places"

 (May 7, 2014 – Traverse City, MI) - After a long, cold winter, the announcement of the 18th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards has brought a spring-like gust of excellence to the publishing world.

Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year's best independently published books, the "IPPY" Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who "take chances and break new ground." Independent publishers, along with independent booksellers, have long held an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to "the big five" conglomerated media publishers. Thanks to small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services that give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform, the IPPY universe is rapidly expanding -- and that gives adventurous readers an abundance of new choices.

The medal-winning books will be celebrated on May 28th during the annual BookExpo America publishing convention in New York, with gold, silver and bronze IPPY medallions awarded in 78 national, 22 regional, and ten e-book categories. This year’s contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas.

Some prominent themes in this year’s winning books are "home" and "sense of place," reinforcing the idea that independent authors and publishers create books that tell real stories about real people and places. The Anthology category gold medalist, Astoria to Zion: Stories of Risk and Abandon, comes from Ecotone, "the magazine for reimagining place." The collection includes heart-wrenching short stories by Ron Rash, Rick Bass, and 24 other great writers.

In the gold medal-winning, A Lifetime of Vermont People, photographer Peter Miller compiles 25 years of capturing the images and spirit of Vermonters who "find solace in isolated regions where agriculture is strong and the roads are poor."

This year’s Cookbook category winners also demonstrate a connection to the land. In Cookbook/Nutrition gold medalist, Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook, author Dina Falconi describes the art of foraging: "To forage means to dance with the land. It reconnects us to the exhilarating yet humble place within the web of life."

Congratulations to all the medalists for their independent spirit and dedication to excellence in a complicated and always-changing world of publishing and bookselling!

See complete results for the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards at http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1791

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The IPPY Awards are presented by IndependentPublisher.com, “THE Voice of Independent Publishing” operated by publishing services firm Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan. Members of the media are invited to attend the IPPY Awards celebration on Wednesday night before BookExpo America.

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For more details about the Awards, to attend the event, or to interview recipients, please contact:

Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director
IndependentPublisher.com / Jenkins Group
Ph: 1.800.644.0133 x1011


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Spokesmodels are Kaitlin Pollock and Trey Gerrald. All photography by Andrew Lipovsky.


IPPY Awards blurb:

The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.