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LATEST: Shortlisted for the Bookseller Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year Award 2015...
Winners announced May 2015!




Digital Publisher of the Year Award 2015

Independent Publishers Guild

Edward Elgar Publishing scooped this award after further enhancements to the Elgaronline platform in 2014 with the addition of new Research Reviews content.“This is great use of technology for a relatively small publisher,” said the judges, who also applauded the provision of free content to libraries in poorer countries.




Independent, Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year 2014

The Bookseller

Edward Elgar Publishing has terrific numbers and exceptional author care-so important in this area of publishing,” said the judges.

It is the second time this category has been given at the Bookseller Industry Awards – and the second time Edward Elgar Publishing has won it.

Success this time around is on the back of a year of record sales. Like many publishers in these sectors, Edward Elgar Publishing has transformed itself into a digital rather than print-led company, its Elgaronline platform now bedded in and providing fast-growing direct sales to libraries. And like many independents, it has used its agility to respond nimbly to new opportunities, stepping up its activity in emerging markets and forging into new segments of publishing.

Edward Elgar also shows how careful husbandry of a list, authors and staff can pay off in terms of stability and sales. It constantly tightens the nuts and bolts of its publishing, appears extremely popular among the authors and institutions that supply its content, and has enviably low staff turnover. Its worldwide marketing campaigns are smart too.



Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year 2014

Independent Publishers Guild

"Edward Elgar is incredibly professional, responsive and imaginative."

Edward Elgar Publishing is a first-time winner at the Awards, having been shortlisted in this category last time round. It turned in very impressive sales growth in 2013, achieved on the back of a prolific publishing programme and successful Elgaronline platform. Judges liked its smart customer profiling and forays into international markets.


Independent, Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year 2013

The Bookseller

The ability of independents to respond nimbly to digital opportunities is particularly apparent in academic and professional sectors. But even by the high standards of innovation on this shortlist, the ambition of Edward Elgar Publishing is exceptional.

A well-established books and journals publisher with nearly 5,000 titles in print across fields including economics, business and law, it took the plunge into digital late last year with Elgaronline, a comprehensive platform of content with bundled purchase and subscription options.

Extending its reach and pushing it into competition with publishing heavyweights, Elgaronline quickly generated substantial revenues. The publisher is already close to its authors and retailers, and the innovative move also brought it nearer to the academic libraries that make up the majority of its end-users. Theirs is a fine example to follow.

Judges called Edward Elgar “a small publisher with a very big reach”, and admired the drive behind the new online platform. “This is a really good, neat way of intermediation that helps its customers find the content they want as quickly as they can,” they said. “It is a big strategic change that takes a small player into the big league.


Top 50 Family Business in the Cotswolds

Cotswold Life Magazine

"International academic publisher focusing on the social sciences and law. Over 25 years grown to become one of the leading scholarly publishers in these subjects and have now published over 5000 books  including the work of 14 Nobel laureates."


Book Awards



Essentials of Entrepreneurship

Robert A. Baron, Oklahoma State University, US

Shortlisted for the CMI Management and Leadership Textbook 2015


International Aid and Private Schools for the Poor

Pauline Dixon, Newcastle University, UK

Awarded Book of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement


Leadership by Resentment

Ruth Capriles, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela

Awarded Honorable Mention for Innovation for the 2014 University of San Diego Department of Leadership Studies Outstanding Book Award, University of San Diego, US


Law and Economics for Civil Law Systems

Ejan Mackaay, Université de Montréal and CIRANO, Canada

Winner of the 2013 Vogel Prize