Edward Elgar Publishing has won the award for Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year at the annual industry awards hosted by the Bookseller in London on Monday 13th May.
The award recognises Edward Elgar Publishing's record print sales growth, global brand reach, high-class editorial and the quality of our design and production. The judges also highlighted our investments in digital publishing and the success of http://www.elgaronline.com/. Beating five other companies nominated in the category, The Bookseller judging panel noted that:
'The ability of independents to respond nimbly to digital opportunities is particularly apparent in academic and professional sectors. But even by the high standards of innovation on this shortlist, the ambition of Edward Elgar Publishing is exceptional.
A well-established books and journals publisher with nearly 5,000 titles in print across fields including economics, business and law, it took the plunge into digital late last year with Elgaronline, a comprehensive platform of content with bundled purchase and subscription options.
Extending its reach and pushing it into competition with publishing heavyweights, Elgaronline quickly generated substantial revenues. The publisher is already close to its authors and retailers, and the innovative move also brought it nearer to the academic libraries that make up the majority of its end-users. For publishers who want to cut out the digital middlemen, theirs is a fine example to follow.'
Judges called Edward Elgar 'a small publisher with a very big reach', and admired the drive behind the new online platform. 'This is a really good, neat way of intermediation that helps its customers find the content they want as quickly as they can,' they said. 'It is a big strategic change that takes a small player into the big league.'
We are delighted to receive the award. For further details please visit http://www.thebookseller.com/category/tags/bookseller-industry-awards
Tim Williams, Managing Director, said:
'We were delighted and immensely proud on behalf of everyone at Edward Elgar Publishing to win this award. It is wonderful to have our efforts over so many years, and also I believe the founding ethos of Edward Elgar Publishing, recognised by our peers and the wider industry in this way.'