For 36 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 all the entries. All of these books earned IPPY Award gold medals.

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


Most Original Concept

Angels Unawares: Portraits of the Homeless in L.A.

by Casey Coates Danson (Brown Books Publishing Group)


Best Book Arts Craftsmanship (tie)

Turbo 3.0: Porche's First Turbocharged Supercar 

by Ryan Snodgrass (Parabolica Press)



by Lucinda Bunnen; Design by Laurie Shock of Shock Design Books;
Photo Editing by Barbara Griffin (Lubo Press)


Most Outstanding Design

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Heaven,

by Masaaki Hatsumi & Steve Olsen (Design by Erika Brask and Dan Saal of Wonderfull Design)


Most Likely to Save the Planet (tie) 

The Future of Packaging: From Linear to Circular

by Tom Szaky and 15 Industry Leaders in Innovation and Sustainability (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)


Independent Spirit Award

I'm a Girl. See what I can be!

by Eunice Olsen (Eunice Olsen Media)


Independent Voice Award

O! Relentless Death!: Celebrity, Loss & Mourning

By Andrew & Lee Fearnside (Chimera Projects)


Freedom Fighter

A Whisper Across Time: My Family's Story of the Holocaust Told Through Art and Poetry

By Olga Campbell (Jubaji Press)