Paris Icons Wins Gold, Silver & Bronze to Sweep Medals Industry’s Highest Honors at BookExpo America
Paris Icons Wins Gold, Silver & Bronze to Sweep Medals Industry’s Highest Honors at BookExpo America
IPPY Gold Medal: “Most Outstanding Book Design of the Year”
IPPY Bronze Medal: “Best Coffee Table Book of the Year”
Foreword Silver Medal: “Best Travel Essay Book of the Year”
May 21, 2009 – New York, NY – Organizers of the 13th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, conducted to honor the year's best independently published books, have announced the results for the 2009 "IPPY" competition. While much of the world economy is in a slump, books and reading are gaining ground on more expensive forms of entertainment, and the annual list of IPPY award winners represents the kind of alternative viewpoints today’s readers crave.
The IPPY awards annually name the Outstanding Books of the Year, recognizing titles that “take chances and break new ground” in 12 categories. This year’s 20 recipients in 12 categories represent some of the English-speaking world’s most daring and distinctive writing and publishing. Paris Icons was honored with as a "Most Outstanding Book of the Year" with a Gold Medal for "Most Outstanding Book Design" across all 4,090 entries.  For the Outstanding categories, the IPPY judges look for authors and publishers that push the boundaries, and make that bit of extra effort that turns a book into something outstanding and worthy of extra attention.

Specific comments from the judges about Paris Icons for “Most Outstanding Design” include the following lavish critiques:

"This book captures the beauty of Paris, and the love the creators have for the city is evident. Paris Icons is a work of literary art."

"You don't just read Paris Icons, you experience it. The attention to design and detail is outstanding."

"The richness of Paris Icons begins with the cover, including its tactile qualities, and carries through into the front matter and then the text pages. The papers, the fonts, the quality of photo reproduction, are all very special and enlivening to the senses."

You can see Paris Icons and the 11 other 2009 Outstanding Books of the Year at: or on our website at
Paris Icons was also awarded a Bronze Medal for Best Coffee Table Book of the Year. We are thrilled to be a double medal winner and this is a huge honor from industry peers for a first time author and publisher.  The IPPY Awards judging for this category is based on content, originality, design, and production quality.You can see the Coffee Table Bronze Award and complete results for the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards: at
This year’s IPPY awards attracted 4,090 entries from throughout the U.S. and Canada, plus most English-speaking countries worldwide. Medal-winning books came from 44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, eight Canadian provinces, and six countries overseas. Launched in 1996 as the first unaffiliated awards program open exclusively to independent, university, and self-published titles, the 2009 IPPY Awards will be presented to winners at a gala celebration during BookExpo America in New York on Friday, May 29th. Winners receive gold,
Silver and bronze medals and can place foil seals of the medal image on their book covers.