09 September 2018 Events

Boss secures six of the best nominations for book design awards

The nominations for the British Book Design & Production Awards are out and Boss Print has plenty to look forward to.

Boss Print is challenging in multiple categories of the British Book Design & Production Awards which are announced on 22 November at the Montcalm Hotel in central London

While other book awards focus on content, best novel, best non fiction work and so on, the BBD&A is the only awards where Oscar Wilde’s
The Little Prince is up against Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or Around the World in 80 Trees competes with The Story of The Face, celebrating the influential fashion magazine. The winner of the book of the year will be selected from the diverse categories, trade illustrated alongside exhibition catalogues and children’s trade titles.

And Boss Print has a stake in this section as well in limited editions and exhibition catalogues. The Acton printer has achieved nominations in six of the award categories among them twin nominations for the Best British Book title. The full list of nominations for the increasingly popular awards night has just been published.

At this point the nominations are listed under the name of the printer or publisher submitting the book for the two-day judging process at Oxford Brooke’s University. Here four judges struggled to whittle the submissions down to a shortlist and then find a winner for each category.

The event is organised by the BPIF to recognise quality in book design and production, with Chinese, German and Italian printers and binders frequently chosen as best for books produced by UK publishers.

However, UK printers will often head lists for shorter run and specialist titles where there is less emphasis on unit cost. And in the digitally printed books section, a UK winner is almost guaranteed. All three nominations come for titles published by Hurtwood Press.

Thames & Hudson, Penguin Random House, Laurence King Publishing and the Folio Society are among the publishers with more than one book nominated, while students from the University of the West of England vie with the National College of Art & Design for the student award section.

Gareth Ward

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The British Book Design & Production Awards is one of the only awards that brings together all sides of the industry, and all involved in creation of books with the care and love lavished on all that were entered.

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