All UK publishers and libraries are being urged to register for The People's Book Prize, the literary competition launched recently by Tatiana Wilson, MD of Delancey Press. The Prize, which aims to give authors and independent publishers equality in the market place, will be judged by the general public.
Every month, publishers can enter one book into each of the three categories, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children's. Chosen titles will be listed and the public's votes monitored on the Prize website, which links to the websites of participating libraries, publishers and booksellers. All winners go forward as finalists in The People's Book Prize of the Year. The awards wards will be presented on 30 July 2010.
Richmond Library has already reported a positive effect on library usage, with nominated titles being ordered and borrowed; the organisers report an increasing number of libraries and publishers taking part.