Herrmann named UK FutureBook Leader of the Year
Founder and co-CEO of Bolinda Rebecca Herrmann has been named Leader of the Year at the FutureBook awards, run by the Bookseller in the UK.
As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Herrmann was shortlisted for the award alongside Arpita Das from Yoda Press, Mads Holmen from Bibblio, Crystal Mahey-Morgan from OWN IT!, Emmanuel Nataf from Reedsy and Asi Sharabi from Wonderbly.
Herrmann was cited for her ‘global impact and innovative approach to audio’, and was chosen from a shortlist of non-traditional publishers who exemplify ‘embracing new technologies with a startup mentality to drive impressive growth’.
Other award-winners included Penguin Random House UK for consumer Platform of the Year, Kortext for reference/education Platform of the Year, and Pan Macmillan and The Pigeonhole for Campaign of the Year for their work on Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire.
The adult Book of the Year went to Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert (Patricia Cornwell, Amazon Publishing), which judges said ‘benefits from archival material, in the form of detailed maps and hundreds of images, that bring the sinister case to life’.
The children’s Book of the Year went to My Golden Ticket (Wonderbly), which judges said ‘takes storytelling to a whole new level’. ‘It proves that technology can work brilliantly at the service of a great product, rather than being the star,’ said the judges.
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