IPPY Awards Director Jim Barnes

Ruby Payne’s Emotional Poverty was one of the books honored in this week’s IPPY Awards Ceremony in New York City. Winners received a medal and the honor of putting the Independent Book Publisher Awards (IBPA) badge of honor on their covers. The awards ceremony was held in the historic Copacabana on Times Square.

About the awards (from the IBPA website)

The “IPPY” Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and appropriate for the North American market.

We define “independent” as:

  1. Independently owned and operated
  2. Operated by a foundation or university
  3. Long-time independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year.

The world’s largest book awards competition offers:

  • 85 subject categories in General categories – NEW CATEGORIES INCLUDE: Best Cover Design, Best First Book, and Best Book Series in both Fiction & Non-Fiction
  • Regional awards for Best Regional Fiction and Best Regional Non-Fiction for eight U.S. regions, two Canadian regions, Australia/New Zealand/Pacific Rim, and Europe
  • E-Book Awards with fiction, non-fiction, children’s, regional and design categories
  • Winners receive entry to the award ceremony and celebration party during BookExpo America, medals, stickers, certificates, and national publicity in a press release, as well as social media exposure.