About Business Book Awards
The Business Book Awards celebrates the work of authors who have shared their industry or market knowledge, experience and expertise in published book form.
The global business book market is growing faster than ever before, with millions of titles being sold in the UK every year. This is partly due to changes in business itself: at the end of 2017, 5.7 million SMEs made up over 99% of all businesses in the UK. While a selection of the big names of big business continues to publish high profile books, it is entrepreneurs – the founders and owners of these burgeoning small businesses – and other experts who are writing books in ever greater numbers.
This has been supported by developments in both the publishing industry and consumer interest. With more budding entrepreneurs the consumer demand for business books has risen, resulting in a 7% increase in the sale of business books and 18% increase in self-help last year. Readers of business and self-development books have an ever-increasing choice of titles, as authors who might not have been offered contracts by traditional publishers (once a barrier to entering the publishing market) are now easily able to self-publish their works or use the services of hybrid publishers to produce and distribute their books in print, e-book and audio formats.
The considerable growth of the business and self-development market has also fuelled business book publishing. Business consultants, executive coaches, life coaches and business mentors have recognised that publishing a book extends their reach by demonstrating their authority in their own field, and brings them impact, income and influence. Significant business accelerators, courses and experts advocate a published book as an important business or brand asset. Equally, business people have an ever-growing thirst for information, and are keen to improve their commercial and personal skill sets and knowledge through reading.