2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards Outstanding Medalists

For 33 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!


The Western Front: 100 Years Later, Edited by Travis Lovell and Howard Fullmer (Utah Valley University)


Best Book Arts Craftsmanship

20 Poemas de Amor, by Pablo Neruda; illustrated by Mario Toral (Origo Ediciones)


Most Likely to Save the Planet (tie)


Over Development/Over Population/Overshoot, edited by Tom Butler (Goff Books)



Industrial Scars: The Hidden Costs of Consumption, by J Henry Fair (Papadakis)


Independent Spirit Award


Chickasaw Women Artisans, by Alison Fields (Chickasaw Press)


Independent Voice Award

God Woke, by Stan Lee; adapted by Fabian Nicieza; Art by Mariano Nicieza (Shatner Singularity)


Peacemaker of the Year

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now, by Boris Bally & Erin McManus (Bally Humanufactured, LLC)


Most Outstanding Design

Instrumenthead, by Michael Weintrob (Magnet Bound Press)


Freedom Fighter of the Year (tie)

Invisible, by Jerome Baco; translated from the French by Camille Sutton and Alejandra Bronfman (The Publishing Eye)


Slavery to Liberation: Bound to Freedom, photography by Lisa Kristine; declaration by Pope Francis (Goff Books)