Take Your Pick at the ABDA Awards

Although there are lots of book awards out there, one of the awards programs that fascinates me the most is Australian Book Design Awards. This is probably because, for me, books are not just about the words within them, but about the object itself – the book’s production, its print, and its design. It’s part of the reason why I love recipe books and coffee table books so much, but it’s also why I am a complete sucker for a beautifully-designed cover on a print-based book. I’m afraid, I am a bit inclined to judge a book by its cover.

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In late 2013 the Australian Publishing Association decided to discontinue the Book Design Awards. To keep the longest running Australian  graphic design awards alive for the 62nd consecutive year, a group of designers formed the Australian Book Design Awards. ABDA exists to support Australian book designers — to promote their work to, and connect with, the broader publishing community. One of their main aims is to discover and foster emerging talent.

As announcements of the winners fast approaches, you, as part of the reading community, have an opportunity to get involved. For just a couple more days, you can cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award for Best Designed Book of the Year, proudly supported by Bookworld.

Bookworld is proud to host the People’s Choice Award for Best Designed Book of the Year, placing the power in the hands of the public to determine their favourite design out of 65 entries. To vote, all you need to do is visit the ABDA People’s Choice Award page on Bookworld’s website and choose from a gallery of book designs. The winners will be announced on 22 August 2014 at the ABDA Awards Party held in Melbourne.

You’ve got until the 19 August 2014 to cast your vote! Trust me, there’s some stunners to choose from.

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Bookworld (formerly Borders Australia) is an Australian online book shop and a division of the Penguin group. Headquartered in Melbourne, Bookworld stocks more than 13 million titles of books, eBooks, audio books, CDs, DVDs, eReaders and gifts on their website. Bookworld boasts low prices and offers free delivery on all orders Australia-wide.

In short, they love books, and would love to hear about which one you love too! You can visit their website here, to have a browse for yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Go and take a look at the 65 books, and feel free to pop back and let us know what you voted for. I’m off to vote myself, right now!