Independent Book Publishers Association

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The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is a not-for-profit membership organization serving the independent publishing community through advocacy and education. With nearly 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the United States.[1] IBPA programs and publications include the Benjamin Franklin Awards,[2] Publishing University, [3] and the monthly Independent Magazine. IBPA was founded in 1983[2] as the Publishers Association of Southern California (PASCAL).[4] It later became the Publishers Marketing Association (PMA).[4] It adopted its present name in 2008.[2]

Benjamin Franklin Awards[edit]

The Benjamin Franklin Awards honor independent publishers and self-published authors for excellence in book editorial and design. Prizes are given in a number of categories.[5] IBPA members, as well as librarians, reviewers, editors and bookstore owners choose the winners and provide feedback to the authors about their books.[6][7]

Publishing University[edit]

IBPA's Publishing University is a two-day networking and educational event. Hosted annually, the program includes learning labs and a book-award ceremony.[8][9]

Independent Industry Standards[edit]

In March 2017, the IBPA Advocacy Committee published an Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book. The purpose of the checklist is to give independent publishers an at-a-glance gauge of the professional presentation of any book in order to help level the playing field between indie publishers and large-scale conglomerates.[10]


  1. ^ "Q&A: IBPA Director Angela Bole on Self-Publishing and the Digital Future". Digital Book World. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  2. ^ a b c "Publishers Marketing Association Celebrates Anniversary, Changes Name". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  3. ^ "IBPA Publishing University 2016, and Book Launch Agony & Ecstasy". The Book Designer. Marin Bookworks. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  4. ^ a b "Moving on at PMA". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  5. ^ "2014 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in History Recognizes 'Twice Heroes'” JAVA Advocate – Summer 2014, Japanese American Veterans Association.
  6. ^ BEA 2014: IBPA Reveals 2014 Benjamin Franklin Winners. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
  7. ^ IBPA Announces Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Awards. Digital Book World. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
  8. ^ "IBPA Publishing University Features Chandler and Piersanti Keynotes".
  9. ^ "IBPA Publishing University Partners with NYU and Pace University to Bring Continuing Education to Publishing Students". Book Business.
  10. ^ "Industry Standards Checklist - Independent Book Publishers Association". Retrieved 2019-01-26.

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