Independent Publisher of the Year 2017
ProQuest Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year 2017
Independent Publishers Guild
Edward Elgar Publishing (EEP), a leading international academic publisher headquartered in Cheltenham, has been awarded the prestigious Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year Award 2017 at this year’s Independent Publishing Guild (IPG) Awards.
As a "resolutely forward-looking business", expanding into law publishing and building digital platform Elgaronline, the judges praised EEP for "punching way above its weight despite competition from far larger operators".
“Edward Elgar produced an outstanding performance in a difficult market in 2016,” the judges said. “It is a very well run and profitable company with excellent partnerships, great author care and consistently superb customer service.”
We are thrilled by this recognition from our peers. The shortlist included some impressive publishers including Cambridge, Sage and Jessica Kingsley. Just to be grouped alongside them would have been recognition enough. We are very grateful to all of our authors and contributors that have trusted us with their work, and to the wider community of reviewers and advisors on whose support we depend.
At the same awards ceremony, EEP was also awarded the ProQuest Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year Award 2017. This brings the tally of major awards received in the last 4 years to 6, with previous awards of:
Digital Publisher of the Year 2015 - Independent Publishers Guild
Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year 2014 - Independent Publishers Guild
Independent, Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year 2014 & 2013 - The Bookseller
Our publishing continues to develop and we have exciting plans for 2017, including an expansion of our affordable textbook programme, the launch of new journals such as the Cambridge Journal of International Law, and an increase in our Open Access publishing.
Tim Williams, Managing Director, said:
We were delighted and immensely proud on behalf of everyone at Edward Elgar Publishing to win these two awards. In our submission we touched on every department - from digital workflows, to our new production strategy, online products, sales achievements, website SEO, marketing collateral, author relationships, blog impact, journal growth, editorial quality and feedback, mass mailing systems, major new reference publications, access to knowledge among many other small and large achievements....and of course the friendly and efficient way of doing business that we provide to our authors, customers and suppliers that makes us stand out against our competitors. It is a wonderful to have our efforts recognised by our peers and the wider industry in this way.
Digital Publisher of the Year Award 2015
Independent Publishers Guild
Edward Elgar Publishing scooped this award after further enhancements to the Elgaronline platform in 2014 with the addition of new Research Reviews content.“This is great use of technology for a relatively small publisher,” said the judges, who also applauded the provision of free content to libraries in poorer countries.
Independent, Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year 2014
“Edward Elgar Publishing has terrific numbers and exceptional author care-so important in this area of publishing,” said the judges.
It is the second time this category has been given at the Bookseller Industry Awards – and the second time Edward Elgar Publishing has won it.
Success this time around is on the back of a year of record sales. Like many publishers in these sectors, Edward Elgar Publishing has transformed itself into a digital rather than print-led company, its Elgaronline platform now bedded in and providing fast-growing direct sales to libraries. And like many independents, it has used its agility to respond nimbly to new opportunities, stepping up its activity in emerging markets and forging into new segments of publishing.
Edward Elgar also shows how careful husbandry of a list, authors and staff can pay off in terms of stability and sales. It constantly tightens the nuts and bolts of its publishing, appears extremely popular among the authors and institutions that supply its content, and has enviably low staff turnover. Its worldwide marketing campaigns are smart too.
Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year 2014
Independent Publishers Guild
"Edward Elgar is incredibly professional, responsive and imaginative."
Edward Elgar Publishing is a first-time winner at the Awards, having been shortlisted in this category last time round. It turned in very impressive sales growth in 2013, achieved on the back of a prolific publishing programme and successful Elgaronline platform. Judges liked its smart customer profiling and forays into international markets.
Independent, Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year 2013
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. 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.”
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