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forms and products have been shortlisted for this

year’s coveted FutureBook Awards, with the winners to be announced at the FutureBook Conference on 1st December. More than 110 entries were submited from 10 different countries across the eight categories (the full shortlists are below). Penguin Random House UK (PRH) has six shortlistees, Harper- Collins has four, Potermore three and, for the first time, Amazon Publishing features, with two nods for products produced on its Kindle in Motion platform. Both entries— A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed and Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert—are up for Future- Book Book of the Year: Adult Prize, one half of the awards’ book strain, alongside a Children’s category. The contenders for Future- Book Leader of the Year (spon- sored by Mosaic Search & Selec- tion) are Emmanuel Nataf, c.e.o. and co-founder of Reedsy; Crystal Mahey-Morgan, founder of OWN IT!; Asi Sharabi, co-founder/c.e.o. of Wonderbly (previously Lost My Name); Arpita Das of Yoda Press; Mads Holmen, founder and c.e.o. of Bibblio; and Rebecca Herrmann, founder and co-c.e.o. of audiobook business Bolinda.

Book Tech Company of the Year

Authorfy Fools&Geniuses Griffindocs Media Reading in Heels The Hawaii Project LLC

FutureBook Campaign of the Year

Behind Her Eyes HarperCollins UK HarperCollins 200 Years Campaign HarperCollins IMAGINE The Quarto Group Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire Global Serialisation Pan Macmillan & The Pigeonhole Nasty Women 404 Ink Penguin Pride PRH Six New Beasts, One Fantastic Voice Pottermore Start a Story PRH

Delegates at last year’s FutureBook Conference

The FutureBook Disruptor of

the Year Award (sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair) drew a huge range of entries, with the final line- up comprising: Sam Missingham of Lounge Books; Siena Parker from Penguin Random House UK; Gustavo Lembert from TAG Liter- ary Experiences; Ashleigh Gardner of Watpad; Dave Sherwood from Bibliotech Education; and double act Nikesh Shukla and Julia King- sford of The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency. The nominees for Book Tech Company of the Year, now in its third year, will compete in a live pitch-off at the conference. They are: Read- ing in Heels, Authorfy,,

FutureBook Leader of the Year Sponsored by Mosaic Search & Selection

Arpita Das Yoda Press Rebecca Herrmann Bolinda Mads Holmen Bibblio Crystal Mahey-Morgan OWN IT! Emmanuel Nataf Reedsy Asi Sharabi Wonderbly

FutureBook Disruptor of the Year Sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair

Ashleigh Gardner Wattpad Gustavo Lembert TAG Literary Experiences Sam Missingham Lounge Books Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford The Good Journal/The Good Literary Agency Dave Sherwood Bibliotech Education Siena Parker PRH

The FutureBook Awards will be handed out at the end of the FutureBook Conference 2017, which consists of three confer- ences in one, incorpora- ing AudioBook Revolution and EdTech for Publish- ers. For further informa- tion about the awards and conference, and to secure your ticket, visit futurebook-conference

Fools&Geniuses, Griffindocs Media and The Hawaii Project. Molly Flat, associate editor of FutureBook, said: “One of the pleasures of this year’s FutureBook Awards lay in the diversit of the entries we received, not just in the number of countries we received submissions from, the size and tpe of companies, and the range of people involved—although those were reassuringly broad. What was also inspiring was the mix of inno- vation. Companies focused on serv- ing readers, authors, publishers, academics, booksellers and librar- ians. I can’t wait to share them, cele- brate them and, most importantly, debate them at the conference.”

Platform of the Year: Consumer

BookGig HarperCollins UK Canongate Humble Bundle Humble Books Ottolenghi Cookbooks Online PRH Riffle The Penguin Podcast PRH

Platform of the Year: Reference/Education

Bibliotech Education Bloomsbury Publishing Platform Bloomsbury Collins Dictionary HarperCollins Junction Junction Education Kortext

FutureBook Book of the Year: Children’s

Dan and Phil Go Outside (enhanced e-book for Apple) Ebury, PRH Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them audiobook Pottermore Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Kindle in Motion Pottermore My Golden Ticket Wonderbly The F2 Book App Blink Publishing

FutureBook Book of the Year: Adult

Last Seen Online Fools&Geniuses Louise Parker: Lean for Life—Optimum Weight Loss (iOS app) Octopus Publishing Olive Green SuperMemo World Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sick- ert, Kindle in Motion Amazon Publishing The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed, Kindle in Motion Amazon Publishing


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