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IBPA Announces Finalists in the 29th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards™

Monday, March 20, 2017   (1 Comments)
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Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Announces Finalists in the 29th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards™ for Excellence in Book Publishing

Winners to be announced April 7, 2017 during a gala dinner ceremony in conjunction with IBPA's Publishing University in Portland, Oregon

(Manhattan Beach, CA - March 20, 2017) -- The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) – – is honored to announce the finalists in the 29th annual Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizing excellence in books published during calendar year 2016. From close to 1,400 entries, three or four finalists were named in each of fifty-five categories for a total of 169 finalists. The winner of each category will be announced during IBPA’s annual Benjamin Franklin Awards™ ceremony, Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Historic Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

The complete list of finalists can be found on the IBPA website.

The ceremony comes at the end of the first day of IBPA’s Publishing University, a two-day event with over 30 educational and networking sessions developed to foster collaboration within the independent publishing community.

For nearly 30 years, IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards™ have been regarded as one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers. Finalists this year include a wide variety of books from publishers large and small, hybrid presses, traditional houses, self-published authors, major national groups like the American Cancer Society and even The White House Historical Association. A couple of the books were funded through Kickstarter, a growing trend in indie publishing.

"Becoming a Benjamin Franklin Award finalist showcases a publisher’s commitment to professional standards and high-quality book content and production," said Angela Bole, IBPA’s Chief Executive Officer. "Winning can expand a book’s marketability and solidify a publisher’s credibility – two very powerful things in today’s crowded book market."

Over 150 librarians, booksellers, and design and editorial experts – most of whom have decades of book industry experience – judge the books submitted to the Benjamin Franklin Awards™. The judging process takes close to six months, beginning in September and continuing into March. At the end of the process, every entrant receives written critiques from the three individual judges who reviewed their book. The critiques include constructive feedback to help each publisher understand how their book is being perceived by industry professionals, upholding part of IBPA’s mission to serve the independent publishing community through education.

The list of winners, both Gold and Silver, will be posted following the April 7, 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony.

Contact Terry Nathan, IBPA COO, at

About the Independent Book Publishers Association

Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,100 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry. For more information, visit

About the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 150 publishing professionals, including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers and editors. All entrants receive direct feedback from the judges which is sure to help guide future publications. For more information, visit

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Tommie Thomas, T & T Unique Publishing Company says...
Posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017
It is a milestone to have such activities as this. I have been a writer, novelist, screenplay writer and poet for many years and has just found this jewel. I am highly impressed and will support this organization wholeheartedly. Thanks for your support.

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