Three independent publishers in Edinburgh have been included in the shortlist for the British Book Awards.

The three are:

  • CharcoPress|Edinburgh
  • 404Ink|Edinburgh
  • ScotlandStreetPress|Edinburgh

The British Book Awards 2024 Small Press of the Year, sponsored by CPIBooks, celebrates the independent presses dedicated to imaginative, forward-looking and diverse publishing. The presses—all with a turnover of less than £5m—will compete to win their region first before contending for the overall prize, when The British Book Awards ceremony returns to Grosvenor House London on Monday 13th May 2024.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and chair of the judges forThe British Book Awards, says: “I’m always incredibly happy to see the breadth of Small Press publishing across the UK and Ireland. These presses have ridden out the pandemic peaks and troughs, and have emerged into the new age stronger than ever with some first-class publishing backed by an acute understanding of who they are and how to find their customers. The vast majority of publishers on this shortlist reported list and sales growth, alongside many successful funding applications, with investment put into both authors and their businesses. Publishing remains insafe hands –many of them.”

Sponsored by CPI Group, CPI Books’ m.d. Tanya Dunbar commented: “CPI is proud to sponsor the Small Press awardagain this year.The small publishers are an essential and creative part of the publishing ecosystem, and we are delighted to be part of their continuing success story.”

The regional and country winners of the Small Press of the Year award will be announced on Monday 11 March.

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