2014 Outstanding Medalists

For 31 years our mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society.

These medalists were chosen from our regular entries for exemplifying this daring spirit -- the book projects our judges found the most heartfelt, unique, outspoken and experimental among almost 6,000 entries. All of these books earned IPPY Award gold medals.

Congratulations to this year's Outstanding Books of the Year!


Most Original Concept

A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley 

by Warren Lehrer (Goff Books)

Best Book Arts Craftsmanship

The Brief Reign and Death of King Claudius 

Edited by Charles Adams Kelly and Dayna Leigh Plehn; illustrated by John Austen; watercolor by Rose Jaffe; binding by Jon Buller
(Triple Anvil Press at Mystery Ridge)

Most Likely to Save the Planet

Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth

Edited by Tom Butler and George Wuerthner (Watershed Media)

Independent Spirit Award

I’m Falling

by Kelly Reemtsen (Self-Published)

Peacemaker of the Year

American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom

by Katrina Fried (Welcome Books)

Independent Voice Award (tie)

Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year
by Ramsey Beyer (Zest Books)


The Tragedy of Orenthal: Prince of Brentwood
by Michael W. Monk (Small Batch Books)

Most Outstanding Design


by Reese Taylor (be bold books)

Outstanding E-Book Achievement

SHERLOCK: Interactive Adventure

by A.C. Doyle (HAAB Entertainment)