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New ABDA category to recognise best designed education, reference books

The 2016 Australian Book Design Awards will include a new award for Best Designed Scholarly and Reference Book, bringing the total categories to 16.

Eligible titles for the new category include research titles, scholarly work, travel guides, dictionaries, atlases and diaries. Claire Smiddy, manger of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA), which administers the awards, told Books+Publishing the award will cover books that ‘may not fit into the general nonfiction category for non-illustrated titles or the fully-illustrated categories, which are intended for titles with over 50% of pages of pictorial matter’.

The category for limited-run independent books has also been renamed the Best Designed Independent Book Award, replacing its previous name the Indie 1000. The award, which ‘embraces books that are pushing the envelope of publication design’, is awarded to a title with a print run of at least 25 and less than 1000 copies.

Entries for the 2016 awards are now open, and will close on 18 December. This is the third year that the awards have been run by ABDA, which took over management of the awards from the Australian Publishers Association.


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