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Foyles wins at Bookseller Industry Awards

18th May 2010

Foyles has scooped one of the hotly contested prizes at the inaugural Bookseller Industry Awards.

At a ceremony yesterday (May 17th) at the Royal Courts of Justice, Foyles won the Martina Cole general or chain bookselling company of the year with judges praising the firm's 'big values, bold ideas and bookselling prowess'.

Sam Husain, chief executive of the bookshop, collected the award and praised the employees of the firm's four branches for their hard work. He also thanked the retailer's customers, as well as the authors who have held talks and signings in its stores.

The night also saw Little, Brown named the publisher of the year, John Blake handed the independent publisher award and HarperCollins take home the digital innovation honour for its social networking website authonomy.com.

Meanwhile, Quercus' marketing campaign for Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy was recognised as the best of the year, while Penguin's Joe Pickering won the publicity campaign honour for promoting David Vann's Legend of a Suicide.

Neill Denny, Bookseller editor-in-chief and chairman of judges, commented: 'This may be a tough period for the trade but all the winners of these awards represent terrific success stories that we can all learn from.'

This year's competition marked the first time the Bookseller has run the awards, after its retail prizes were merged with the long-standing British Book Industry Awards, also known as the Trade Nibbies.

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