Via Afrika, which in 2014 was recognised by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the magazine’s 100 leading global thinkers has again had its innovative approach to education recognised by the London Book Fair with a nomination in the International Education Initiatives Award category.

The shortlist for The LBF International Excellence Awards 2015 spans the globe with companies from 21 countries being recognised from Philippines to Croatia, and Mexico to Taiwan.

The LBF awards, which are held in partnership with The UK Publishers Association, celebrate success in 18 categories, representing the breadth of the international publishing industry.

The awards, which celebrate international excellence in the book industry, cover the whole scope of international publishing, including academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing and digital innovation. In each award category the judging panel was made up of experts in that sector.

This year’s shortlist showcases some of the biggest talents in the industry from the hotly contested Award for Best Use of IPwhere Mojang, the Swedish developer of video game sensation, Minecraft, take on Aadarsh, the Indian creators of Purple Turtle, the popular franchise of books, apps and YouTube videos. In the highly-acclaimed International Literary Agent Award, a global race is on between renowned agents from Germany, Spain and the US.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said:

“These awards, now in their second year and designed to showcase innovation around the world, cover a fantastic breadth of ingenuity and creativity in the international arena. The ceremony promises to be a real treat at which we honour these amazing nominees and shout loudly about what a talented, resourceful and inspirational industry the book world is. Congratulations to all those shortlisted.”

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The UK Publishers Association, said:

“This shortlist should leave no one in any doubt as to the exciting developments occurring in publishing around the world.  It highlights the amazing innovation taking place as well as the way in which publishers are pushing their traditional boundaries, moving into apps, video games and other forms of multimedia.”

The shortlisted nominees in all categories are:

The International Education Initiatives Award             

Book Aid International (UK)

Library for All (US)

Via Afrika (South Africa)


The International  Literary Agent  Award

Anna Soler-Pont, Pontas Literary & Film Agency (Spain)

Nicole Witt, Literarische Agentur Mertin Inh. (Germany)

Pierre Astier, Astier-Pecher Agency (France)

Tom Colchie, Thomas Colchie Agency (US)


The Award for Best Use of IP across Multiple Media Platforms

Aadarsh Pvt.Ltd (India)

Mojang (Sweden)


The International Literary Translation Initiative Award             

Asymptote Journal (Taiwan)

Dutch Foundation of Literature (Netherlands)

Paper Republic (China)


The International Academic and Professional Publisher Award               

IOP Publishing (UK)

Sage Publications (US)

Princeton University Press (US)


The International  Educational Learning Resources Award        

Caramel Tree (US)

C.J. Fallon (Ireland)

Uigeverij Van In (Belgium)


The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award      

Fraktura (Croatia)

People’s Literature Publishing House (China)

Rupa & Co. (India)


International Trade Children’s and Young Adult  Publisher Award 

Clavis Publishing (Belgium)

Duckbill Books (India)

Fondo de Cultura Economica (Mexico)


The Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award

FILCOLS (Philippines)

IPCC (China)

Nigerian Publishers Association (Nigeria)


Mexico Market Focus Outstanding Contribution Award

Adam Freudenheim, Pushkin Press (UK)

Daniel Hahn, Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation (UK)

Pam Dix, IBBY UK (UK)


The Market Focus Achievement Award         

China National Import and Export (Group) Corporation (China)

Dorling Kindersley China (China)

Sharjah International Book Fair (UAE)


Accessible Books Consortium Award for Accessible Publishing – Initiative

BooXtream, a division of Icontact (Netherlands)

Libri Italiani Accessibili (Italy)

Syndicat national de l’edition (France)

Young Power in Social Action, YPSA (Bangladesh)


Accessible Books Consortium Award for Accessible Publishing – Publisher

Cambridge University Press (UK)

Elsevier Science Direct (Netherlands)

HarperCollins (US)

Sage Publishing (UK)


The Publishers Weekly International Book Industry Technology Supplier Award

BooXtream (Netherlands)

Copyright Clearance Center (USA)

China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (China)

De Marque (Canada)


The Publishing for Digital Minds Innovation Award

Gojimo (UK)

Join Book Club (UK)

Rook Labs (UK)

Snapplify (South Africa)

The Pigeonhole (UK)


The winners of a number of other awards will also be announced on the night including: The Association for Publishing Education Dissertation and Project Prize; and The London Book Fair Chairman’s Award.


The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Peter Usborne, founder and Managing Director of Usborne Books.


The awards will be presented at a gala evening in London on 14 April, hosted by the BBC’s Gavin Esler. The invite-only event will be attended by publishers from around the world and will take place at the stunning new LBF venue London Olympia in The Conference Centre.


For further information about The London Book Fair 2015, please contact:

Sam Layton at Midas Public Relations on 0207 361 7860 or



Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 April 2015



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