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13 September 2021



The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), in partnership with Oxford Brookes University, BookMachine, and The Bookseller are thrilled to announce the Shortlist for the British Book Design and Production Awards 2021. As one of the most prestigious and popular literary events of the year, these are the only industry awards to promote and celebrate the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry.

BPIF are thrilled by the record amount of 500+ entries during an extremely challenging year for students, designers, publishers and printers. Entries spread across 18 categories, representing the many various forms books can take. These include everything from Photographic books to Scholarly, Academic and Children's categories.

The BBDPAs also hold a category for aspiring students to enter their work, giving them the opportunity to win £500 as well as a short internship with a leading designer, publisher or printer.


It has been an extraordinary year, especially for students and smaller publishers having no access to the usual production and retail opportunities due to COVID-19 hitting hard. Anais Bellemans, Head of Marketing, BPIF, comments:

"We are thankful for the massive support in the industry this year, and amazed by the beautiful entries and craftsmanship that has gone into every book. During the pandemic everyone encountered unforeseen difficulties like never before, but overall the Books market was extremely resilient - showing its importance to learning and bringing immersive comfort to people when needed most."

A massive thank you to the judges, a panel of industry experts from the areas of creative design, retail, print and production. In addition to the 18 category winners, the book that outshines the rest will win the title of ‘Book of the Year’.

Tickets are now available and on sale on the BBDPA website below. The winners will be announced at a dazzling ceremony on 8 November 2021 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Do not miss out and reserve a table now to celebrate, including a 3-course dinner and evening of entertainment.

The BPIF would like to thank its sponsors: Boss Print, Canon, Halstan, Imago Group, Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS), Lighthouse IT, Matador, Mondi, Muller Martini, The Printing Charity, Winter & Company and media partners Oxford Brookes University, BookMachine and The Bookseller.


For further details & to buy tickets to the awards please visit or contact Heena Bulsara at the BPIF on 07931 533728 or at [email protected]



About BPIF Books

BPIF have a special interest group for Book production. The group was established to work closely with UK book printers and their suppliers to educate, inform and support the UK books supply chain industry. A network for likeminded people in the industry to discuss sector focused topics, standards and set best practice for the industry.

BPIF members can join the books special interest group (SIG) for a very modest fee and access additional information, services and training events that relate more specifically to the very specialised books sector of print and packaging. The group also attend social networking events such as the London Book Fair (LBF), BPIF British Book Design & Production Awards and various associate networking events.

The group will work to:
· Improve staff skills
· Provide up to date industry trends
· Guide on current best practice
· Widen your network of contacts
· Provide opportunities to meet your industry peers
· Provide access to UK and European industry data

Please contact Anais Bellemans at [email protected]  or visit for further information.


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