The Book Trade Industry Awards have been recognising the best New Zealand publishers, booksellers and industry stalwarts for over 20 years. They are our chance to celebrate our best and brightest, our successes and our innovations, and to acknowledge the excellent work being done in the New Zealand book trade.

Entries for the 2020 Awards are now closed.

The 2021 Book Trade Industry Awards dinner and ceremony will be held on Saturday 21 August at Auckland’s Park Hyatt.

These awards are administered by Booksellers NZ, and the judges for the awards are selected from within the book industry.

Past recipients:

2020:

Nielsen Bookshop of the Year – Wardini Books, Hawke’s Bay
Nielsen Publisher of the Year – Allen & Unwin
Sales Person of the Year – Sharon Galey, Hachette NZ
Marketing and Publicity Strategy of the Year – Hachette NZ, for The Year of Mahy
Young Publisher of the Year – Paul Stewart, Mākaro Press and the Cuba Press
Young Bookseller of the Year – Kit Lyall, Scorpio Books
Book Industry Innovation Award – Verb Wellington
Lifetime Achievement Award – Tilly Lloyd, Unity Books Wellington

2019: (Media Release

Nielsen Bookshop of the Year – Unity Books Auckland
Nielsen Publisher of the Year – Penguin Random House NZ
Sales Rep of the Year – Louise Crisp, South Island Rep, Penguin Random House NZ
Marketing and Publicity Strategy of the Year –“ Allen & Unwin NZ, for Magnolia Kitchen
Young Publisher of the Year –“ Kimberley Davis, Allen & Unwin NZ
Young Bookseller of the Year – Surinam Reddy, from Time Out Books
Book Industry Innovation Award –“ WORD Christchurch
Lifetime Achievement Award – Rob and Kaye Clarke, Paper Plus Coastlands

2018: (Media Release

Nielsen Bookshop of the Year –“ VOLUME, Nelson
Nielsen Publisher of the Year –“ Allen & Unwin NZ, Auckland
Sales Rep of the Year – Tammy Ruffell, Lower North Island Rep, HarperCollins NZ
Publishing Marketing Strategy of the Year –“ Hachette NZ for its campaign for Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Young Publisher of the Year –“ Sophia Egan, from Mary Egan Publishing Ltd.
Young Bookseller of the Year – Fern Hubball, from UBS Canterbury
Special Industry Award-winner – The Sapling
Lifetime Achievement Award – Robyn Bargh, Huia Publishers

2017: (Media Release)

Nielsen Bookshop of the Year –“ Time Out Bookstore, Mt Eden, Auckland
Nielsen Publisher of the Year – Gecko Press, Wellington
Sales Rep of the Year –“ Tammy Ruffell, Lower North Island Rep, HarperCollins NZ
Publishing Marketing Strategy of the Year –“ Allen & Unwin NZ for the campaign for Woman in the Wilderness by Miriam Lancewood
Young Publisher of the Year –“ Alex Hedley, HarperCollins NZ
Young Bookseller of the Year – Cait Kneller, Time Out Bookshop, Mt Eden, Auckland
Special Industry Award-winner –“ Victoria University Press
Lifetime Achievement Award – Ruth & John McIntyre, The Children’s Bookshop, Wellington 

2016: (Media Release)

Sales Rep of the Year – Louise Crisp, Penguin Random House NZ
Marketing Strategy of the Year (Publisher) – HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand
Publisher of the Year – Allen & Unwin Publishers
Marketing Strategy of the Year (Booksellers) – The Women’s Bookshop, Ponsonby
Young Book Retailer of the Year – Rachel Eadie, Scorpio Books, Christchurch
Bookseller of the Year – Time Out Bookstore
NZ Book Industry Special Award – Bridget Williams Books
Lifetime Achievement Award – Paul Greenberg, Greene Phoenix Marketing

2015: (Media Release)

Sales Rep of the Year – Tammy Ruffell, HarperCollins NZ Lower North Island rep
Marketing Strategy of the Year – Penguin Random House NZ, for Chelsea Winter’™s Everyday Delicious
Publisher of the Year – Potton and Burton Publishers
Young Book Retailer of the Year – Jenna Todd, Time Out Bookshop
Bookseller of the Year – Unity Books, Wellington
NZ Book Industry Special Award – Bridget Williams Books
Lifetime Achievement Award – The Parsons Family