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The 2020 DBW Awards

Nominations for The 2020 DBW Awards, recognizing best-in-class achievement across the wide world of publishing, have now begun, and will continue through Friday, May 29, 2020. 

If your company has at least one person registered for Digital Book World 2020, you can email as many nominations to, all complimentary.

Otherwise, nominations carry a $59 fee and may be made here. Finalists will be announced Tuesday, September 1, with the exception of AudioFile and DAISY Consortium's awards, which will be announced as we receive the Finalists.

Winners are highlighted in orange.

Publisher Of The Year

Tyrant Books


Nosy Crow



Publishing Genius Press

Two Dollar Radio

Simon & Schuster

BearManor Media


Dark Horse



Publishing Executive of the Year

James Daunt (Barnes & Noble)

Lisa Lucas (National Book Foundation)

Brian O'Leary (BISG)

JK Rowling (Pottermore)

Michael Pietsch (Hachette)

Juergen Boos (Frankfurt Book Fair)

University Press Of The Year

Princeton University Press

Bristol University Press

Columbia University Press

Amsterdam University Press

Florida University Press

Harvard University Press

University Press of Mississippi

Cambridge University Press

Wayne State University Press

Oregon State University Press

Library Of The Year

Broward County (Florida) Libraries Division

King County (Washington) Library System

Stuttgart (Germany) City Library

Nashville (Tennessee) Public Library System

Los Angeles (California) Public Library


Bookseller Of The Year


Powell's Books (Oregon)

Cafe Con Libros (New York)

Tattered Cover (Colorado)

Marcus Books (California)


Media Outlet Of The Year

Publishers Weekly

Washington Post


The Hot Sheet

Wall Street Journal



The AudioFile Magazine Award For Audio Publisher Of The Year


Penguin Random House

Princeton University Press

Simon & Schuster


The DAISY Consortium Award For Accessibility In Publishing

The Department of Canadian Heritage


The Marie Dutton Brown Medal for Leadership in Diversity (winner)

Regina Brooks (Serendipity)

DBW Outstanding Achievement Award For COVID-19 Response (winners)

Coronavirus: A Book For Children




Best New Publishing Company Or Technology

AI Dungeon

Authors AI




Back to Hogwarts


Best Use Of Podcasting Within Publishing

The Creative Penn

This Is The Author


Book Friends Forever

Minorities In Publishing

Case Closed

Beyond The Book



Publishing Commentator Of The Year

Jane Friedman

David Gaughran

James Ledbetter

Silvana Reyes

Mike Shatzkin

Joanna Penn


Best Book (Fiction)

Whiteout Conditions (Tariq Shah)

The Sun Down Motel (Simone St. James)

Hex (Rebecca Dinerstein Knight)

Followers (Megan Angelo)

The Book Of Longings: A Novel (Sue Monk Kidd)

Life of the Party (Tea Hacic-Vlahovic)

Mad Clot On A Holy Bone (Asher Hartman)

The Night Watchman (Louise Erdrich)

A Good Neighborhood (Therese Anne Fowler)

My Dark Vanessa (Kate Elizabeth Russell)


Best Book (Non-Fiction)

Scenes of a Reclusive Writer & Reader of Mumbai (Fiza Pathan)

Deaths of Despair and the Future Of Capitalism (Anne Case and Angus Deaton)

Charter Schools And Their Enemies (Thomas Sowell)

Profiles In Corruption: Abuse Of Power By America's Progressive Elite (Peter Schweizer)

Exit The Maze: One Addiction, One Cause, One Cure (Dr. Donna Marks)

Coming Out Of The Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex Couples In Mississippi (University of Mississippi Press)

American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming In The Heartland (Marie Mutsuki Mockett)

Open Book (Jessica Simpson)

Why We're Polarized (Ezra Klein)

The Hynek UFO Report (J. Allen Hynek)

When Truth Is All You Have: A Memoir Of Faith, Justice, and Freedom For The Wrongly Convicted (Jim McCloskey)

Bridging Linguistics and Economics (Cambridge University Press)


Best Book (Published By A University Press)

Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral And Drive Major Economic Events (Princeton University Press)

Coming Out Of The Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex Couples In Mississippi (University of Mississippi Press)

Bridging Linguistics and Economics (Cambridge University Press)

What The Signs Say (Vanderbilt University Press)

Ultimate Price: The Value We Place On Life (University of California Press)

The Twilight Zone (Wayne State University Press)

Tossed To The Wind: Stories Of Hurricane Maria Survivors (University of Florida Press)

Deaths of Despair and the Future Of Capitalism (Princeton University Press)

Modern Housing (University of Minnesota Press)

Capital and Ideology (Harvard University Press)

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