“When we first began the [IBPA Benjamin Franklin] awards, it was both to honor the publishers who produce quality titles and to teach publishers how they can compete in the world of book publishing. We recognize that when people purchase a product they do not purchase it because a specific named publisher publishes it, they purchase a book because it fulfills a need and is well designed and edited.
Each and every day all houses compete for shelf space and consumer recognition. By providing feedback on your entries into the awards, you hear what the buyers and reviewers think about your product and learn that you can compete. Sometimes the major houses do win. Other times, the smaller publishers win out because they do a better job and provide a better product.
As you can see by the wording of our awards, it is open to all. We decided to parallel the universe of book publishing that doesn’t discriminate between large and small.”
— Jan Nathan, Founder, IBPA